As has been stated prior, sometimes new tea happens somewhat randomly here.
The day the first test blend of this was created had been a pretty bad one for me.
By the time Mister Tea got home I could barely form words, the pain was so bad. I certainly had no concept of food. It wasn’t that I wasn’t hungry – I was fairly certain that I was – I just couldn’t think about it. And not just because of the levels of nausea that come with that kind of pain.
Mister Tea figured out that the reason things had gotten bad so swiftly was that I’d botched 1 my ‘remember to pain mitigate’ checks for the latter half of the day. We fixed that, and after a little bit, things eased down enough that I could use my brain again – at least enough to start checking in with my body and see what it wanted to eat.
What it wanted – was tea.
Which you’d think would be fine, as we have a LOT 2 of tea here.
Unfortunately, it wanted a very specific tea.
A tea I hadn’t actually made yet.
So I headed into the kitchen, grumbling a bit about the sheer level of fixation my mind is capable of, and started pulling out ingredients.
Blended a small test batch, and put a cup on to steep.
It was perfect. I’m guessing the fixation came from the fact that my body probably wanted vitamin C (and my first thoughts for that craving are rosehips and tomatos), and it wanted spicy, which I associate with pain-killing – and rose is just a wonderful flavour and scent. I’m not particularly skilled at relaxing, but the scent and taste of roses helps me try.
The tea was wonderful, and exactly what I needed that evening. It helped ease me closer towards wanting food, and improved the evening immensely.
As I was blending it, I’d been thinking about names. There’s a particular sort of pain fugue where ideas come relatively easily, though that ease is paired with my capacity to fixate on things a bit too strongly.
‘Briar Rose’3 was the first idea to stick. A conversation with The Mother of Danes eventually refined that into ‘Spindle’s Bite.’
Organic Ingredients: Fair Trade Black Tea, Rosehips, Chile Flakes, Rose Petals
Batch Size: 4 ounces, approximately 35-40 servings of tea
Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag, Tin), Teabags (Single, Sample, Bag)
*This tea is fairly spicy. Too spicy for Mister Tea. It is heat –with– flavour, but…
- A gaming reference. For each botch you made in the old White Wolf system, you lost a success. Multiple botches can lead to some catastrophic failures – and the day ‘Spindle’s Bite’ was created definitely had some of that.
- Seriously. A lot of tea. We’re in the vicinity of 250 blends of tasty hot beverage as of the writing of this post
- Mind was sort of ranging around memories of stories from some of the Datlow/Windling new takes on fairytale compilations.