Dani is a Fandom loving, tea drinking extraordinaire, starting Call Me Sweetea in August of 2019. Her journey actually came to a stop when she had to temporarily shut down earlier this year, but recently came back into production. Her tea blends are mostly Fandom themed or based on the Oregon County Fair (with 15% of those teas going to White Bird Clinic), as well as many other seasonal and fun blends that many cannot find anywhere else.) Dani sent me three of her blends: Fairy Dust, Yuletide Greetings (this blend will be saved for Christmas content), and Owl Post. Here are my thoughts:
Fairy Dust: The main taste and aroma I encountered with this tea was spearmint. I did not sense much fruitiness like I was expecting. Making this tea a few more times after the fact, led me to similar conclusions as well, but I made sure to wait for the tea to cool even more to really determine my thoughts. The aroma made my nasal passages clear almost immediately, leading me to believe that spearmint was a primary factor. Digging in further, I started sensing a tiny bit of sweetness but it was quite subtle and took me sticking my entire notes into sense it. (on a side note, this is the perfect blend to drink when watching election results. While doing a content review, I have it next to me and it just really helps me relax.) Tasting the tea, I, again, mostly get spearmint. The peach flavor was not prevalent when drinking about half of my drink (but I also am used to large peach flavoring being that my area is known for its peaches). As the tea reaches under the halfway mark in my mug, I did notice a few more floral notes but nothing too dynamic. I do wish that the peach flavor and more fruity flavors were a bit more prevalent in this tea.
Side note: Maybe it was me being extra tired, but this tea knocked me out! I felt more sleepy than normal, and I was out like a light when my head hit the pillow.
Ingredients: Spearmint*, peaches, raspberries, raspberry leaf*, blackberry leaf*, heather flowers*, peach flavoring (natural grain alcohol, water, natural citric acid, natural flavors)
Owl Post: Please note, this tea is a seasonal blend and is already out of the shop, BUT it was just too good that I had to include it. The aroma was nothing short of just heavenly. It was sweet and reminded me a bit of cinnamon buns and baked apples. I honestly wanted to stick my nose in the tea and just breathe it in (and never stop). The taste was lighter than the aroma with a citrus front to it with a little natural sweetness. Even the taste reminded me slightly of cinnamon buns, kind of like the aroma that you experience when you walk through the mall and smell the Cinnabon store. The butterscotch flavor did not come to mind when I first sipped on this tea, but it became overwhelmingly obvious when I went further into it.
Ingredients: Kumaon Black, Cassia Chips, Orange Peel, Ginger, Apples, Apple Flavoring (Propylene Glycol, Ethyl Alcohol, Natural Flavors), Butterscotch Flavoring (Propylene Glycol, Natural and/or Artificial Flavorings)
Price: A 2-3 serving sampler is $2 and a small 12-15 serving pouch is $8 for the Fairy Dust Blend. I think this is a fair price for the quality of ingredients and the size of tea received.
Packaging: The tea is in an airtight pouch that did not release too much aroma. One thing to note is that one side of the pouch is transparent, so a proper, dark storage area would be the best for keeping this tea fresh.
Sourcing: Many ingredients that Call Me Sweetea uses is organic and ethically sourced, but no particular sourcing area is disclosed. But since the Fairy Dust tea is an herbal tea, I think that is okay.
What do you think of more whimsical themed blends? Do you purchase based on brand or the actual tea blends? Let me know! Happy Brewing!