It’s a long weekend and I’m spending it hiding away at my parent’s new house. As I get older, I’m realizing that I actually don’t mind getting out of the city once in a while to hide out, slow down, and just relax. I’ve always been a homebody, but I’m definitely appreciating the days I get to come out here. Since I don’t know how to drive, I’m literally stranded at home and end up finding ways to entertain myself… aka I tend to binge watch and FINALLY catch up on shows I love, read multiple books and catch up on work or blogging.
I’ve also started bringing tea here and binge drinking my teas – I mean, what else am I to do? Since I’ve stopped drinking coffee, I’ve started drinking teas with yerba maté and guayusa – two of the most commonly used natural stimulants in the world. I was actually introduced to both at DAVIDsTEA, which is probably why they make my favorite maté and guayusa blends. Queen of Tarts was one of the first blends that I tasted at DAVIDsTEA, and it still remains one of my favorites.
It’s almost the end of Chinese New Year, which means a totally clean slate for this blog. Or at least, a new set of resolutions. Or just one – to actually stick to a posting schedule. And to post according to that schedule – no matter how late in the day it is. Which is what this post is!
Anyway, at the end of a long day, I love relaxing in my room with a cozy cup of tea and a good book (or Netflix, both work). I love writing this blog because it forces me to finally go through my tea stash – I have so many teas that I had forgotten about all of them… and then I buy new ones! So tonight, when I was rummaging through my tea cabinet, I found an old, still-unopened bag of Elderflower Spritz from DAVIDsTEA’s Spring 2015 collection. But I didn’t just find one…. I found quite a few. I won’t even post a picture of how many I found because it’s slightly embarrassing how many bags of this tea I bought WITHOUT TASTING IT EVER. Yep, that’s right – I’m trying it for the first time tonight.
I’m normally not a huge fan of white teas because they’re a bit too light for me, but I love a good floral tea at night. I also love any drink with elderflower in it, so I’m hoping I’m a huge fan of this tea. Especially with all the bags I found….
I hate chocolate teas – like seriously hate them. Most chocolate teas just taste like seriously watered down hot chocolate, but when I tried this one at DAVIDsTEA one day, I found that I didn’t mind it one bit. So in true Michelle fashion, I bought an ounce.
So when it snowed the other day, I thought it would be the perfect time to drink Snow Day! A bit of minty chocolate on a cold, snowy day is always a good idea.
I’ve always loved pu’er teas – I just didn’t know it. It’s the default restaurant tea that I get during dim sum – surprise! So when I found out that DAVIDsTEA made a tea that combined two of my favorite flavors – pu’er tea and oranges – I knew I had to try it.
When I went to DAVIDsTEA, I fell in love with the way Juicy Orange smelled, so I got two ounces. I just didn’t realize how much two ounces of this particular tea made – it’s been over a year and I still have a ton of tea left. But thanks to DAVIDsTEA’s awesome packaging, the tea still smells and tastes the same.
I grew up drinking a lot of traditional Chinese tea – oolongs, pu’ers, green and black teas. I’ve always loved oolong tea and I absolutely LOVE mulled wine, so I thought I would love this tea when I bought it last year. I loved the way the dry blend smelled in the store – it smelled like Christmas in London, where mulled wine was everywhere, so I got two ounces of it.
I love the way DAVIDsTEA packages their loose teas when you buy them in the store – they’re in foil zip-lock bags lined with plastic on the inside, so the tea can stay fresh for a while. I know a lot of people say to buy tins or jars to store your tea in, but I’m lazy so I keep them their original bags and make sure they’re sealed airtight. I also store all of my teas in this little chest I keep under my desk, so they’re kept away from light, odors and excess air and moisture. So even though my stash of “Mulled Wine” is over a year old, it still smells exactly like when I bought it. (more…)