I’ve always enjoyed a good cup of hot tea here and there but recently I’ve grown a true appreciation for the soothing drink. My days are packed full of non-stop motion – from balancing my PR/marketing work, planning events to chasing around Baby Luke – a cup of hot tea has become a welcome staple to the end of my day. While I am nowhere near a tea connoisseur, I thought it might be fun to share my tea experiences with my blog readers! So, each month I’d like to share with you my tea adventure, including, what I drank, tea reviews, things I’ve learned and anything else I can possibly think of (sorry this month is a bit late). Keep in mind I’m no expert so pardon me if my “tea manners” aren’t quite what they should be – I’m learning!
What I Drank This Month:
I purchased the Twinings of London Black Tea Variety Pack to start with. I selected this brand because it happens to be one of my Great Grandmother’s favorites. You can purchase these pretty much at any grocery store. It’s great for beginners because most people are familiar with black tea, there is a variety to try and they are in individual tea bags (I don’t quite have everything I need to do loose tea yet). To learn more about Twinings click here.
A little trivia for you – Twinings is out of Andover, Hampshire and began in 1706.
- Twinings of London: English Breakfast Tea – This is tea was made to complement traditional English breakfasts. While I didn’t completely dislike the tea, I found it to be a bit bitter (maybe I steeped it too long). I did learn the tea is “pure Assam and Kenyan tea leaves grown in India”. After trying it multiple times this month it is really growing on me quickly. Don’t brew longer than 3 min. though for a cup.
- Twinings of London: Earl Grey Tea – This was definitely my favorite tea in the box. As soon as I opened the package I enjoyed the smell. I recommend adding a bit of sugar but no milk. Definitely what I liked the best was the citrus fruit flavor of Bergamot (a type of fruit found in Europe).
- Twinings of London: Lady Grey Tea – This is also a tea I like the more I drink. It’s a pretty light black tea with a hint of a citrus flavor. I originally drank it with a bit of sugar but now prefer it black.
- Twinings of London: Irish Breakfast Tea – I don’t like this one as much as the English Breakfast Tea but I still like it. It’s definitely a bit stronger than the others. Since I’m still a newbie, with this tea I recommend a bit of milk and a full pack of sugar.
Another brand I tried this month was Yogi. Yogi Tea Company began in 1984 and now offers over 60 tea blends. Yogi uses five traditional Ayurvedic spices on their teas including: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper.
- Yogi: Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut – This tea was absolutely scrumptious. I would consider it to be dessert! Immediately when I opened the package I was caught off guard by the delicious scent coming from the tea bag. I think before I took every sip I sniffed the tea because I just loved the smell. You really don’t need to add anything to this tea but I did try it with sugar and a tiny bit of milk and it made it amazingly creamy. It reminded me a bit of a chai tea because of its spiciness. This is also a caffeine free tea.
Tea Quote of the Month:
Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. – Catherine Douzel
This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori.