Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
January 2022 → A tea flavored like your favorite pie
I know, I know. It’s February already. I intended this for yesterday, but time got away from me. My favorite pie of the moment is lemon ice box pie from Jim ‘N Nick’s. I think Jim ‘N Nick’s is a local restaurant, maybe originating in Birmingham but now spread throughout the southeast US. (Just checked and there is a lone location in Aurora, Colorado.) Anyway, it’s mostly known for its barbecue. They have some other great items on the menu too though, one of which is their lemon ice box pie. It’s wildly expensive for a slice of pie, to me at least, so I usually savor a few bites over the course of a few days (if I can make it last that long). Equal parts tart lemon and mile-high whipped cream with a buttery graham cracker crust. It’s heaven on earth.
This tea comes closest to that puckery lemony flavor, but of course it can’t compare. It would be unfair to expect it to. As a tea, and a green tea at that, it’s enjoyable. It’s not tart like I expected but instead tastes more like Pez candy. There are quite a few lemony elements in this tea, so I’m not sure which is giving me that impression. Contenders are lemon verbena, lemon myrtle, lemon peel, lemongrass and natural lemon flavor. I’m guessing it’s either the lemon verbena or the lemon myrtle. I’m not familiar enough with them to match the flavor. So yeah, not as enjoyable as the pie but definitely a nice enough green tea. Coming from someone who doesn’t really like green tea, I think someone who does would probably like this one.