There is, perhaps, nothing so impractical a food as gummy bears. A food that exists for the sheer pleasure of the mouth; for the taste, the texture, and the experience of the moment. The intrinsic value of gummy bears is exactly what they are created for, and that which makes them just a little bit silly. But you know it and I know it. Silly is good.
English Tea Store’s Lady Londonderry Tea isn’t the least bit silly, as far as tea goes. It’s rich and dark, with a leaf that bears all the characteristics of a tea with excellent character. But beyond the leaf is a flavor that’s sweet and fruity, and, if you’ll allow me the comparison, just a little bit gummy bear. It’s a giggle on the tongue; from aroma to taste bud, it appeals as a flavor simply for the pleasure of it.
Much like the humorous science fiction work from Douglas Adams, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” What began as a radio play for BBC Radio has grown into numerous adaptations, including a beloved novel. It follows Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect , an alien, as they traverse the galaxy on a quest for the Question to the Ultimate Answer. Collected along the way are such characters as Zaphod Beeblebrox; Marvin, a depressed robot; and a fellow named Slartibartfast, who insists his name isn’t important. It isn’t.
Though “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is a story full of all things story-like; plot, action, and excellent character, it nevertheless goes beyond that to impractical puns, sweet and fruity turns of phrase, and is, in every aspect of the word, gummy bear.
Lady Londonderry tea nearly sweetens itself; you can go light on the sugar or honey. But don’t pass up the chance to taste this giggle sensation, especially paired with “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Repeat after me: Silly is good.
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