Howdy, dear Posse folks! It pains me to admit it to you, but I have fallen off the tea wagon a bit in the past year or two. I wish I could tell you all that I’ve been a tea-sampling fiend, have sipped twenty new teas and fallen in love with half a dozen of them.
Truth is, I’ve only sampled one or two new ones and been semi-loyal to a few old favorites. One newbie (to me) I’ve been enjoying is Celestial Seasonings decaf Sweet Coconut Thai Chai. I’ve also been mixing the elegant Mariage Freres’ Rouge and Vert Marco Polo teas, to get the best of both worlds. My son’s favorite, Republic of Tea’s Good Hope rooibos, gets a good bit of sipping, as does Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Ultimate Green and several of their holiday flavors (left over from the previous year).
Oddly enough, my once coffee-aholic DH has developed a taste for tea, and has me making us each a cup of Ultimate Green in the evening after dinner.
Alas, the tea landscape has changed dramatically in the past few years. Teavana got bought out by Starbucks a good while back and Teavana’s stand-alone tea stores have now gone the way of the dinosaur. Starbucks did keep a half-dozen or so of the popular blends in tea bag form, and you can find them at many stores (I see them at my Target). But my beloved To Life and other distinct loose-leaf blends are no more.
Another favorite brand of mine, Zhena’s, seems to have gone out of business or been bought out or something, I can’t tell, and no one seems to carry it regularly anymore. I did find several tins of the Ultimate Green on clearance recently at a Cost Plus World Market, and snapped up every last one of them. Hate to play piggy, but if you love something, you’d better snag it while you can.
What about you all? Any new teas or old favorites you’ve been sipping frequently? Or coffee or other beverages?