Candy Cane Crush

Today’s tea was Candy Cane Crush.

This is one of David’s weirder tea selections. It’s a lovely tea but not without issues. The biggest one is the titular candy cane. The tea integrates pieces of candy cane, and nice though it is to know the ingredients aren’t entirely artificial, this means you have to scrub all the tea things for hours afterwards.

Why? Because the melting candy cane covers everything, but especially the tea infuser, in residue that doesn’t come off without a fight.

The other issue is one we’ve never parsed. Something about the candy canes stops the tea steeping properly. We aren’t chemists, so aren’t clear on how this works. But you notice it when you pour out; The tea pours through a film of melted sugar. It makes a very sparkly tea, but it also means it never reaches full strength.

Lest you think we didn’t let it sit long enough, the tea sat there in its pot for a full episode of The Archers. That’s 13-minutes of radio to you non-Ambridgites. And it still came out what our father calls ‘winkles tea.’

If you can get past that, it’s got a lovely flavour. A bit sweet, a bit minty, and a bit of caffeine. The tin does say it never gets very strong, so the issue we notice with the steeping strength may be a feature, not a bug.

We’re posting early tonight, because we are about to head off dancing. The Christmas dance is Saturday, and we haven’t decided if we’re going. It seems like a thoroughly good way to catch covid, so we are hedging. That said, we can run to a three-couple set up at the community centre.

Talking about dancing, here’s some Yeats for you.

Sweet Dancer
W.B. Yeats

The girl goes dancing there
On the leaf-sown, new-mown, smooth
Grass plot of the garden;
Escaped from bitter youth,
Escaped out of her crowd,
Or out of her black cloud.
Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer!

If strange men come from the house
To lead her away, do not say
That she is happy being crazy;
Lead them gently astray;
Let her finish her dance,
Let her finish her dance.
Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer!

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