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drank Low Country by August Uncommon Tea
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So my awesome tea twin, Roswell Strange, sent me a package with tea and song pairings. I was so excited when I received it a few days back but only now got a chance to sit down and actually listen to a song and appreciate the moment.

This company and band are both new to me so I was really intrigued about what my tea twin had in store for me. However, apparently there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to tea and song pairings. I put the song on and immediately thought I had to drink the whole tea in the 5 minutes. Of course, when I started drinking, it was too hot. I decided to let it cool and then in my usual fashion, started doing a thousand other things and then realized the song finished and two other songs had played. So, I went back to the song, made sure the tea was an appropriate temperature, and tried again.

The second time around, things went much better. I did have to resist starting my note while I drank, which is what I normally do, and instead focused on the music and tea. I let the two consume me. My goal going into this was to try and determine why Ros picked this song for this tea and with this particular pairing, it did not take long. The two are so smooth. There is a sweetness to them that is peaking through and yet there is a smokeyness floating above it all. In the song, this came through as the low almost whisperlike singing that is comforting yet also just a bit haunting, especially when layered atop the soft, mellow music.

As I drank, I couldn’t help but think this is what I think scotch would taste like. Now, I have never drank scotch (so don’t get mad at me if you drink this and it tastes nothing like scotch whatsoever) but a lot of people close to me love it. My brother-in-law recently got into it because he said it tastes like burnt caramel. One of my best friends drink it because she likes the smokiness. Both elements are present in this tea, all floating on a smooth black base, hence the comparison.

I could see both this tea and song being enjoyed on a sort of quiet, drizzly night. Just relaxing and enjoying the calm.

Thank you Roswell Strange for the tea and music suggestion. I enjoyed both quite a bit and the experience was a lot of fun. I look forward to drinking the others and seeing how they work with the music.

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5soixb2U6xM

Flavors: Ash, Burnt Sugar, Campfire, Caramel, Leather, Scotch, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Roswell Strange

I’m so glad you enjoyed both the song and the music! I think it’s going to be really fun reading your thoughts. You kind of nailed it, by the way – I definitely think the calm pacing of the song and smooth sound perfectly match the smooth black base; and the smoke notes remind a lot of how this singer’s voice kind of creeps in/hangs in the air a little bit. It’s very haunting, in a beautiful way.

VariaTEA

Lol I was really into this pair. And after this song, Ariana Grande’s Side to Side came on and I was like this definitely does not match. Then I ended replaying the song again because it just complimented the tea so much.

Thank you again for taking the time to do this for me. I honestly am super excited about it. Alas between placement and my sister’s wedding in two weeks moments to just focus and take it all in are few and far between but today it was nice to just take that second for myself.

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Roswell Strange

I’m so glad you enjoyed both the song and the music! I think it’s going to be really fun reading your thoughts. You kind of nailed it, by the way – I definitely think the calm pacing of the song and smooth sound perfectly match the smooth black base; and the smoke notes remind a lot of how this singer’s voice kind of creeps in/hangs in the air a little bit. It’s very haunting, in a beautiful way.

VariaTEA

Lol I was really into this pair. And after this song, Ariana Grande’s Side to Side came on and I was like this definitely does not match. Then I ended replaying the song again because it just complimented the tea so much.

Thank you again for taking the time to do this for me. I honestly am super excited about it. Alas between placement and my sister’s wedding in two weeks moments to just focus and take it all in are few and far between but today it was nice to just take that second for myself.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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