Holiday Tea

Currently Sipping: Harney & Sons’ Holiday Tea

I feel like I have a complicated relationship with tea. We got along great growing up, but then I discovered coffee. However, coffee was not kind to my wallet or my body, so I went back to tea… but not the tea I grew up drinking. No, I discovered what my parents like to call “fake tea” – tea that’s been blended with fruits and flowers and all that jazz. (My parents are tea purists who only drink tea from China, Taiwan or Japan.) In fact, I was so astounded by my discovery of this new type of tea (since I grew up drinking what my parents call “real tea”) that I went a little shopping crazy…. and now I have more than enough tea to probably last me a lifetime (or at least a few years). I just kept (and still do) buying tea before trying the tea I already had… and now my collection has grown to be 200+ teas. (And this doesn’t include my parents’ collection of teas.) So, I’m going to start reviewing all of my teas, in an attempt to stop me from buying more tea and actually finish the teas that I already own. Let’s see how this goes. (I already bought 7 more teas yesterday… Whoops.)

Seven swans a swimming... + some holiday tea.

I’m going to kick this series off with a holiday tea, since it is the holiday season. Harney & Sons’ Holiday Tea is a tea I’ve had in my cupboard for a while. I’m honestly not even sure when I got it, but it’s still sealed tight, as in I broke the seal this afternoon to drink my tea. It’s available as loose tea or in satchets – I got the HRP tin of 30 satchets instead of my usual loose tea, mainly because the tin is really pretty. (more…)