This is a bit of a departure for me, but I thought this would be an appropriate post for the last day of summer.
It took me a really long time to appreciate tea. When I was little I had a sip of (possibly over-steeped) orange pekoe and decided then & there that tea was not for me. Now I really love it, and while I do love something simple like a Twinings Earl Grey, I enjoy visiting tea shops and picking out loose leaf tea blends. It's overwhelming, and I can't help that I am a sucker for a clever name or a pretty label.
I'm particularly fond of dessert teas, since it's a pretty guilt-free way to indulge in something dessert-like. I love coconut flavours, nutty flavours, and rich, creamy flavours. I don't love fruity flavours, and I'm learning to love smoky flavours. When I want something that I can sip all day, I like The Skinny from David's Tea (but not because I think it will make me skinny! I like warming teas).
Here are a few that I've been enjoying lately. I keep a kettle at my desk at work and in the fall & winter, I get a lot of use out of it. These teas are from two tea shops: David's Tea (a Canadian company founded in Montreal), and Tealish (a Toronto company). For the record, I am absolutely not a tea purist. I don't know nearly enough about it to be.
Double Chocolate Rooibos from Tealish. I'm not a big fan of rooibos but this one is nice. I wanted a chocolate tea to help me kick my Starbucks mocha habit ($4 each and with 30+ grams of sugar!).
Juicy Pear green tea from Tealish. This one is one of my favourites. It smells and tastes like candy. So good.
Vanilla Cream from Tealish. A classic. If I could only choose one tea, it would be a vanilla cream. Taylors of Harrogate used to make an excellent vanilla black tea but it seems to be discontinued.
One of my favourite teas from Tealish is Patisserie, but they happened to be sold out of it when I visited.
Café Mocha from David's Tea. I love coffee but maybe it would be a good idea to cut back on it a bit (I will never cut it out completely, because I love it too much). I had this instead of coffee this morning and it did the trick.
Buttered Rum from David's Tea. It's so beautiful to look at: those are cornflower petals! They had me at "buttered." This one is incredible.
Love Tea #7. Another chocolate tea, which I have yet to try. I'm optimistic!
Toasted Walnut from David's, a green tea with walnut chunks in it. Geoff & I had this one last night and it was really tasty! I wonder how it compares to Tealish's Walnut Avenue blend.
I love reading about tea in the same way that I love reading about perfume. Please tell me about your favourites! I'd love to try them if I can.
tara-lynn: Oh, thanks for the video! Man, I wish we had had YouTube when we were teenagers!
iris: Thanks for showing that to me! How fun.
fraisedesbois: I'm so glad, thank you!
Chelsea, lavelle, Sarah, Morgan Ashley Allen: You're welcome! I'm glad you like it.
Chelsea: Yes! It's a great name!
Ringo, have a banana!: Yes!
erica-knits: I never did! I actually never even read the books. I think I missed out!
Sarah: Oh, I listened to her music a bit yesterday and yes, it was very lovely!
chelsea fuss: Hehe.
whateverscoolwithme: I hope you will like it! It's a labour of love, for sure. You're welcome!