A while back my son and I were watching “Gulliver’s Travels” on DVD. I know it’s been out for ages, but if you ever saw the trailer that ran for it, you may recall the scene where Jack Black’s character is a doll to a (giant) little girl and she sets him down at a table to play tea party and he protests. She pulls off her teddy bear’s head and looks pointedly at him, and he has an immediate attitude adjustment. He holds up the tea cup and says in an unnaturally bright voice “Time for tea!”
Well, dear Posse readers, it’s that time. My first appearance on this blog was via a tea post I did way back in December 2010, so I think we’re long overdue to revisit this delicious topic again.
I’ve done quite a bit of tasting since then, and have added a few new favorites:
Tea Forte’s Lychee Coconut: Here I go again with the coconut. This white tea is part of their Skin Smart line, but I think all tea is good for you. I adore this one’s smooth, mellow vibe, without any of the “Hello, look at me, I’m a tropical drink!” fuss.
Mariage Freres’ Wedding Imperiale: It had me at chocolate, caramel and vanilla. I’ve also found that this luscious black tea, delicious plain or with milk, is a good substitute for the line’s wonderful butterscotch tea, which seems can only be had from their Paris flagship store or their online site, based in France.
Mariage Freres’ The a l’Opera: Several of you mentioned this one in comments in my inaugural tea post and so I made haste to sample it. It is divine-tasting to be sure, but oh, that aroma! I’ve had people walk past my desk and ask what smells so wonderful. I think this one would make a green tea lover out of just about anyone with its subtle notes of raspberry, strawberry and vanilla.
Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Hazelnut Chai: This is in a similar vein as their lovely Coconut Chai, but with a hint of hazelnut. On many a cold morning this winter and spring, I had a cup or two of this, paired with a dab of DH’s hazelnut creamer and it absolutely hit the spot — instant warmth.
Also, a very generous Posse pal sent me several that I’m enjoying, including Mariage Freres’ Eros, a wonderfully classic black tea, as well as a great red tea that I’ve finished off but cannot recall the name.
So I’d love to hear what you’re drinking these days, or looking to try. And since warm weather has come calling, what are you brewing for iced tea?