Yep, the holiday craziness is nearing its zenith right about now (although there are still a few days to go), so won’t you stop, take a deep breath, sit down, and have a relaxing cup (or two) of tea with me?
What I’m drinking now:
Several lovelies from a tea goodie bag given to me at Thanksgiving by my sweet niece who lives near Savannah and visited a tea emporium or two near there:
Mystic Dragon tea from the Spice & Tea Exchange (spiceandtea.com): A lovely Japanese Sencha and Chinese Dragonwell green, flavored with rhubarb, strawberry, mallow and cornflowers. Just slightly fruity for a refreshing cup anytime.
Blood Orange Smoothie (spiceandtea.com): Craving Creamsicle flavor but not the icy chill? This tea just might fit the bill. Its creamy blend of rooibos and vanilla, orange, and flowers is yummy with milk or even a splash of cream.
Want something a little less sugary but no less enjoyable? I have been reaching often for the Georgia Tea Company’s (georgiateacompany.com) Walnut Green and was crestfallen when I ran out of my little sample in less than three days. This is an ultra-smooth brew that skews a wee bit sweet, but is balanced out well with the nutty accords. It has, of course, walnuts (there was a large walnut chunk in my bag), hazelnuts, pineapple bits and almond flakes. This would be great after a Chinese meal, the perfect accompaniment to nibbling fortune cookies.
I am still loving the rooibos (red tea) version of Mariage Freres’ Marco Polo. Same great flavor as the classic black, but it’s a treat to be able to drink it at any time of day, even before bedtime.
Another favorite still in rotation: Georgia Tea Company’s Nutcracker Rooibos, with its mix of silver dragees and white candy snowflakes. This cute brew with a marzipan vibe would delight even the youngest tea drinker. Again, a caffeine-free brew for any time of day.
I had hoped to try (and perhaps fall in love with) a few tea samples that I’d ordered from Art of Tea at the first of December, but alas, it was not to be. Apparently, they were completely snowed under from Black Friday / Cyber Monday volume and so my tea stash won’t be arriving until later this week. And the way things are going, I’m thinking I’ll be quite lucky to get it by Dec. 24.
BTW, I know it’s the Monday before the big holiday, but a little gift bag of tea could be a nice last-minute gift, with a few assorted samples enclosed (maybe with a few disposable tea bags in case the recipient doesn’t have any type of infuser). Tuck in some hot chocolate, just in case there are kids involved, or not 🙂 and you’re good to go. Wrapped up in cute packaging it makes for a sweet little present. And who knows, you might send someone else down the rabbit hole and have a new tea buddy.
So please do share, what are you enjoying now, tea-wise? And for those of you who celebrate, wishing you all a very merry and blessed Christmas!!