#NoCraicNovember : Black Tea (The Chinese, a great bunch of lads)

Here we go then! We’re currently reviewing non-alcoholic beverages as we’re off the drink for November. For those not in the know, we’re raising money via Just Giving for the ASSISI animal sanctuary by giving up booze for 30 days and it’s called No Craic November. So basically, send a wee donation to JustGiving.Com/CATWNOCRAICNOVEMBER and at the end of the month, the charity will receive ALL the cash raised. Simple right? Let’s do it, every little helps so let’s help those animals and support the incredible work done by the good people at ASSISI animal sanctuary.
Seeing as we’re on day 6 of NCN, I can tell you that it’s not easy to just give up the drink, especially when you run a beer review blog & podcast. But you really notice how many of our activities in this country revolve around booze. Be it a gig, birthday, cinema or hey fancy heading out for a walk? Yeah sure… Bit nippy out, wanna head into the pub here to sit by the fire with a pint of plain? It has been difficult but to be fair, it’s all for a good cause.
Anyway, let’s get to the heart of this thing. We’ve came here to discuss black tea and this little tipple clocks in at 0% ABV and the IBU on this one isn’t relevant. I have a sniff and sure enough, it smells like tea. Like if you imagine what tea smells like, that’s what it is, just straight up tea. No messing. On the tongue there’s a light maltiness to it which makes me compare it to a light beer but obviously no carbonation or alcohol percentage.
I get halfway through the mug and feel its warm malty goodness absolutely meshing with my wee sober soul.
To sum up, it’s a pleasant drink and one I’d happily return to later in the month. I feel like everything we drink now needs to be really flavoursome and fantastic because we’re gonna miss all the wonderful flavours of beer that are out there.
Oh and I guess I had best address the Wolf in the room. The product placement of the ForeignWolf mug is no coincidence! I drum for Foreignwolf and we have just dropped our debut 4 track EP entitled ‘Tempered Hearts’ and our debut music video for ‘Hard to Bear’. You can hear the EP on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and most good streaming platforms with the video being available on Facebook.com/foreignwolfmusic and Youtube. Also, both are streaming on http://www.foreignwolf.com. Our first gig is this Friday 8th November in mcHughs Belfast so feel free to pop down, doors are at 9pm.

Out of 5, I’d give this black tea a 3.8 soberbois out of 5


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