A bit back I had a plan for the day.
I was going to settle in and polish a couple of blog posts, and record the audio for at least one.
Tea seemed quite necessary to this process.
Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, I went to look at our tea selection and froze up. There are so many options on our tea shelves, and in our tea cabinet, and I love most of our tasty teas. I couldn’t decide.
So I went to Twitter and the lovely sentients of #365teas.
A green was suggested. That sounded nice. Herbalist brain then informed me that I should have a green with lemon and cinnamon, to help my throat handle the potential many takes the audio might require.
To my surprise, this was not something I had created yet.
I put together a test cup, and it was perfect for the tasks I had planned. I was actually a little annoyed with myself for only creating a test cup, because I wanted more.
Needless to say, it did not take me long to put together a test batch. I’d been a bit too prolific with creating new blends that month, so it got set on our “name this once there is space in the take photos box” shelves. It took a while to get around to it, and I actually ended up loosening the restrictions on number of teas in process, as it seemed goofy that I’d finished off the test batch before naming the tea.
I knew that I wanted to attach it to the bardic tradition somehow – but there are a lot of options there, strewn through various bits and pieces of fantasy and history and legend.
Brainstorming with Twitter led to the name ‘Taliesin’s Tonic’ – which suited quite well.
I’m not certain exactly how many versions of the Arthurian Legend I’ve read, but it is a long list, starting with Mary Stewart and Stephen R. Lawhead when I was small – with the most recent probably being Guy Gavriel Kay’s. I cannot recommend his Fionavar Tapestry enough.
However, there is a drawback to having only SEEN a word. No matter how many times you’ve seen it.
In preparing for recording this post, I discovered that I’ve been pronouncing the name of one of my favourite bards wrong for the entire time I have been aware that it was a word.
Granted, I’d never actually HEARD it until yesterday, and it is not exactly common use.
Organic Ingredients: High Mountain Green Tea, Lemon Peel, Cinnamon
Batch Size: 1.2 ounces, approximately 35-40 servings of tea
Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag, Tin, LatchTin*), Teabags (Single, Sample, Bag, LatchTin*)
*Our larger latchtin holds two batches of ‘Taliesin’s Tonic.’ On Etsy it is a separate listing than the primary. If you choose the latchtin with teabags, we ask that you let us know whether you would like the overflow sent vacuum-sealed, or in our standard bags. (Teabags take up much more space than loose tea.)