The sweet tooth bug has really hit me these past couple of weeks. I have no explanation why. Maybe it’s the sunny weather (or lack thereof), or maybe it’s some inexplicable and something that doesn’t need to be made sense of. There I go getting all deep on you again.
I believe the choice of tea for this week is only fitting. Oh and there’s cake too.
Random circumstances brought me back to the Timonium/Towson area and the stars aligned for me to return to a now familiar stomping grounds, Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company.
With past posts I’ve been critical of their stalwart tea, Eastern Shore Tea.
One of the many pleasurable aspects of this thing is that I get to be random. If I see a tea that catches my eye or even one that looks ominous, I’ll give it a whirl. As I referenced earlier, my knack for something sweet has been permeating. So with that resonating in my subconscious, I went with the Berry Jamboree Tea.
I’ve mentioned this before. There is something missing with these teas. There’s been some quality ones don’t get me wrong. But the oomph and the pizzazz is lacking.
For sure, I thought one bag would be enough. The jammy elements of strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry should have made this black tea magnificent. I wanted to feel cozy. And with this horrific rain we’ve had all month, it would only be so fitting. The irony was that it wasn’t and it was sunny. Go figure. Even two bags didn’t multiply the fruit. If anything this cup plateaued.
Regardless, this tea was good enough to drink but it needs a thing or two to put it over-the-top. The touch of hibiscus was unbeknownst to me until I read the synopsis.
There may be something to be said about location. Towson has a feel but not the shame charm I remember. The store nestled in an office park should scream anonymity and a sense of a tight-knit community. That might be there but I don’t see it like I used to. Maybe my energy level was not at its best on this day or in previous incarnation, but there’s something more.
The first visit or first experience is always the most unpredictable. You have no expectations and no preconceived notions. Well there’s exceptions but I think you know what I mean. My original visit to the Timonium location was special. But honestly I have no memory of when this was, what I ordered, or whether I was with anyone. But it was special. Some memories stay so private and internal, even with the person who created them.
Annapolis, on the other hand, has my heart. And there’s that small town and community feel I yearn for and that I love. Oh and there tea variety is a bit more expansive. I just have to go back and report from there again.
I love local and love supporting this company. Even though this tea was only good, but not a masterpiece, will not deter me from trying some more. Something tells me this will be revisited this summer.
For more on their teas or to purchase, click here.
To sunnier days ahead,
P.S. That lemon cake was delicioso!