I’m not very big on Tea. I’ll only drink Lipton Yellow Label Tea (that comes in a bright yellow box) when I’m sick and can’t have anything cold to drink, or when it’s that time of the month (shark week). Sometimes, when the mood strikes me, I’ll order a random flavor of Tea, when I’m out with my friends, just to try out. I’ll even purchase some flavored Tea at Sultan Center from time to time, if it looks interesting enough. Mostly though, I just drink Lipton Ice Tea in the lemon flavor (I can’t stand peach, ugh) during the summer, but that’s pretty much it.
I was in the mood to try out Tea that was new to me and Gschwendner is a brand that came to mind because although I’ve seen it around for awhile, I don’t recall ever purchasing Tea from them before. I didn’t know where there Tea Shop was based but thankfully I found them on Talabat.com and was able to place an order with them. The order had to exceed either KD 7/000 or KD 10/000 (sorry, can’t remember). That was not a problem for me because Tea Gschwendner had a varied selection of interesting kinds of Tea. They had Oolong Tea (Traditional Chinese Tea), Rooibos Tea (South African Red Bush Tea), Ayurvedic Tea, Herbal Tea, Black Tea, White Tea, Green Tea, and my personal favorite, Fruit Tea (yaaaaaas). At first I was a bit overwhelmed (the fact that they had so many spelling mistakes kinda’ threw me off as well) and didn’t know what to pick but eventually I came to a decision.
For Sleepyheads – 1283 (even though the translations reads something more like Evening Moments) is described as smooth, lemony, fruity, and relaxing. Enjoyable every hour of the evening! Ingredients: Lemon Balm Leaves, Raspberry Leaves, Apple Pieces, and Blue Mallow Blossoms. For Sleepyheads (50g) retails for KD 3/000.
Lemon Grass – 1131 is described as a refreshing citrus flavor enjoyable hot or cold. The remarkably creamy note of fresh citrus driven by the essential oil Citronella — a treat immediately familiar to those who prize Southeast Asian cuisine. Lemon Grass (80g) retails for KD 2/500.
Hibiscus Blossoms – 1238 Tart and sweet, the infusion of these crimson flower petals is adored round the world. The finest, Grade A African Hibiscus. Hibiscus Blossoms (50g) retails for KD 2/000.
Forgot to mention that each pack came with the little white bend-y tab (no clue what it’s actually called) that helps keep the packs closed and therefore prevents the Tea from going stale (or whatever it is that Tea does when it goes bad).
I feel like I should know what this is called but I honestly don’t. Elastic? Let’s just go with bend-y tab for now. Whatever it’s called, it’s actually pretty handy.
I couldn’t decide between these two so I purchased both of them. In the photo above, I placed the bend-y thing in opposite directions so you could see it doing it’s thang.
Piña-Colada – 1482 The frozen Puerto Rican classic turned fruit tea. Candied pineapple collides with the smooth creaminess of coconut milk. Excellent hot or iced. Ingredients: Candied pineapple pieces, hibiscus blossoms, rose hips, shredded coconut, orange peel and flavor. Piña-Colada (100g) retails for KD 2/300.
Turkish Apple – 1489 The unmistakable taste of tart apples and sweet caramel combine for a pleasant reminder of crisp fall days and the pleasures of childhood (that last part is more true than you will ever know, Gschwendner). Excellent hot or iced. Ingredients: Apple pieces, flavor and citric acid. Turkish Apple (100g) retails for KD2/250.
I added For Sleepyheads to the list first, hoping it would help me fall asleep. All my life, I’ve never had any trouble falling asleep and getting a good 6,7,8 hours of sleep in, and after a particularly active day (ice-skating, rollerblading, swimming, or whatever else) I’d even manage to sleep for a good 10 hours or so. During my college years I could fall asleep at the drop of the hat (from running around campus all day). I’m not exactly sure what happened but after getting married, I lost that ability. I cannot fall asleep as easily anymore. Even after swimming all day and well into the evening at Radisson Blu and then attending my first ever kick-boxing class there (at around 8:00pm) which was particularly strenuous (making my body ache all over, for the next few days) I was wide awake well past midnight.
Before getting married, I used to have a smaller room, so rather than take up what little space I had left in my bedroom, I set up my pc and gaming consoles in the upstairs family living room (directly outside my bedroom). As you can imagine, I had very little privacy; what with someone passing by every few minutes and the landline ringing off the hook. As such, I chose to stay up (until the sun came up) to play videogames (RPGs mostly) or watch Anime because the entire household would be asleep (read: no distractions, no interruptions) so I could fully immerse myself in the movie, tv show, videogame, or whatever else. It was completely my decision. Sadly now it’s no longer a choice. I have such a hard time trying to fall asleep. Worse still, I’ve somehow turned into an incredibly light sleeper, to the extent that anything and everything can and will wake me, and once I’m up, I cannot go back to sleep until the next day. Now, I count myself lucky if I even get 4 hours of sleep.
This only happened to me after I got married, and even though I’m now divorced, it hasn’t gotten any better. It’s incredibly frustrating! What makes this particularly suck-y was that I had that ability (making it harder to come to terms with the fact that I no longer have it), as opposed to never having it at all in the first place, (and therefore not being able to miss it, or regret not having it anymore). That said, I’m not too bothered by it because there are worse things out there (not enough sleep seems trivial in comparison) so this isn’t too bad. It’s not exactly fun but it’s not such a big deal, either. Now I’m not particularly sure if For Sleepyheads is meant to help wake you up (literally for sleepyheads) or if it’s meant to help you fall asleep more easily as the description isn’t too clear on that but I’m hoping it’s the latter.
Lemon Grass had always piqued my interest because it smells absolutely delightful (in my skincare products) to the extent that I usually associate it with aromatherapy. I mean, it even sounds delightful! Lemon. Grass. Lemon Grass! Naturally (or maybe not naturally and I’m just a very strange human) I was very curious as to what it would taste like but since I don’t actually know how to cook, I never bothered purchasing it, until I saw it on the Tea list and jumped at the chance to try it. I mean, it’s just Tea, (not grilled Halibut infused with Lemongrass and Coconut Milk) so how hard could it be to prepare? I’m not quite sure what to expect taste-wise but I’m already having fantasies of sipping on a warm cup of Lemon Grass Tea while I type away (on my blog) until the wee hours of the morning. The one thing I am pretty sure of is that Lemon Grass comes with a whole slew of health benefits.
Hibiscus Blossoms I only purchased because it’s another one of those herbs that’s touted as having a lot of health benefits, and I’m always hearing the Arabic name for Hibiscus which is Karkadé being thrown around a lot over here. My friends swear by it. My cousins swear by it. My sister swears by it. After years of hearing how amazing Chai Karkadé is, I figured, what the hey, and just went ahead and got it. Incidentally, I was at Sharm El Sheikh (about 6 or so years ago) when I came across Hibiscus-flavored Mirinda and of course, gave it a try. It. Was. Vile. I realize that’s a soda (or pop) and this is a Tea so there is no comparison. However, I’m still skeptical, but I’m willing to give it a fair chance.
Piña-Colada was a no-brainer because I’ve always loved the actual drink itself! That’s mainly why I go on and on about products that smell like Pina Coladas. My favorite in Kuwait is the one they sell at Subway but I can’t remember the name at the moment. I hate the packaging on it though. KDD has their version of Pina Coladas as well (or at least did, at one point). Sultan Center has a decent selection of Pina Coladas from all kinds of different brands too. The difference is, all those are chilled drinks whereas this can be served both hot and cold. How cool is that? So yeah I really wanted to get this especially after I read that it had candied pineapple pieces!
Turkish Apple is last but certainly not least, as this is the one Tea I was most excited about! When I was 14, I was at the Turkish Airport for a few hours and purchased some Apple Tea there. It was so, so good! I’ve been trying to find something similar ever since. That said, just because this might be called Turkish Apple, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be as good as the Apple Tea I purchased in Turkey, but here’s hoping! Even if it isn’t the same, it’s still very Fall-appropriate, and I totally see myself going to work with a thermos of steaming Apple Tea everyday.
The one time I remember to save the receipt and it turns out the prices are listed on Talabat.com anyway. I’ll be honest, I was expecting the Tea to be in little tea-bags so I’m kinda’ intimidated by them at the moment. It didn’t even occur to me that they would be in loose leaf form (even with all the pictures provided on Talabat.com) but that’s okay. I’m sure I’ll figure it out. I’m super excited to try them all out! Especially now that the weather is getting cooler, and I could invite my girlfriends over for some Tea in my dad’s beloved garden.