Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

22 July 2015. A Blast from the Russian-American (and Jewish) Past… Swee-Touch-Nee Tea

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It seemed like many Jewish and Russian-American families had the familiar red tin. The name is an attempt at translating “flowery”… you can still get it on Amazon, I think. I’ll check again. A BLAST FROM THE PAST! There was a political statement in the tea, too! Jews who were more favourable towards Russia drank Swee-Touch-Nee. Russophobic and rabidly Zionist Jews drank Wissotsky’s. To a degree, this still holds true! Yes… you can still find Swee-Touch-Nee in the Jewish foods section of many stores (but the loose-leaf variety, I fear, has gone the way of all flesh). Some have spotted it at some Wegmans locations…

BMD

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I’ve passed this tea countless times in the kosher section of my grocery store; it’s labelled “The Aristocrat of Teas”. I’ve read many Amazon.com reviews from people delighted to reconnect with the Swee-Touch-Nee Tea they so fondly remember from their childhood growing up the New York City area. However, sometimes, we develop nostalgia for things that, as adults, we realise really weren’t that great. I assumed this was the case with Swee-Touch-Nee. I was kind of wrong. It’s not the greatest tea, but I appreciate many not-so-great teas, and this one has some characteristics that make it worthwhile. The aroma always appears sweet and vegetal to me. Sometimes, I notice a woody quality, sometimes, I detect a bit of sweet spice (whatever that is). It goes down smooth with pleasant astringency, and it seems to pack quite a caffeine punch. Although Swee-Touch-Nee tea’s medium body holds up fairly well to milk, I find it best enjoyed without. A little sweetener or lemon would be okay. Swee-Touch-Nee, in case you’re wondering, transliterates the Russian word “tsvetochny”,’ which means flowery. Strangely enough, today, my wife asked me, “What was that tea you made the other morning that tasted flowery?” Perhaps, her concise analysis is more accurate than mine is.

11 November 2013

Leo Kapusta

Second Cuppa

http://www.secondcuppa.com/swee-touch-nee-tea-review/

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Yes, we have one of the red tins on the porch… all of us “of a certain age” probably have them… it’s a real “blast from the past”…

BMD

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