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.
Everybody knows that I love tea. I especially love Earl Grey tea – my new favorite tea latte is the London Fog. My absolute favorite version of Earl Grey is Twinings’ Lady Grey, but since I’m out and won’t get more until I trek off to the UK (because I’ve tried the Twinings of USA version and it is not the same), I’ve been trying different variations from different tea shops. I found Harney & Sons’ Winter White Earl Grey sometime last winter and loved it, so I’m drinking it until I can stock up on my usual Lady Grey.
Winter White Earl Grey is also a perfect cup of tea for a lazy day at home. There’s something about any version of Earl Grey that’s just so comforting – maybe it’s the bergamot? Not quite sure what the magic factor is, but I’m glad I always have some version of Earl Grey stocked in my cupboard. (more…)
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….
While I adore loose tea, there are days where I’m just really lazy and/or tired and just want to dunk a tea bag into some hot tea and enjoy that. I also adore my British uncle, who tends to bring me boxes of tea whenever he visits. I’m finally finishing up the last few bags from a box he brought over a few years ago. This particular tea is my favorite night time tea, and I only tend to drink it when I’m either exhausted or wanting to treat myself… like last night. (Which is why I passed out before finishing and posting this. I was TIRED.)
Has anybody else noticed that Twinings UK tea just tastes different from Twinings USA? Maybe the ratios differ or something, but the Twinings’ Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas here are WEAK. No wonder I tend to bring a separate luggage just for tea and clothes whenever I hop across the pond. ANYWAY, my favorite night time tea from Twinings UK is from their “A Moment of Calm” collection from oh so long ago – the “African Honeybush, Mandarin & Orange” flavor. It’s just so delicious and calming – especially when I add a spoonful of honey to my mug. I’m probably going to cry when I finally finish these tea bags… especially because I can’t find it on the Twinings UK website! UK friends – DOES THIS STILL EXIST?! HELP.
I meant to post this yesterday, but due to yesterday’s hecticness (and my lack of preparation), it didn’t happen. I either need to drink more tea when I’m home, or I need a kettle and a teapot at my new office. Anyway, a few years ago, I decided to stop drinking coffee… Only I ended up stopping cold turkey. It was not a good look on me, and definitely not my best idea. During my post-coffee haze, I started to go a bit tea crazy. I had always had a healthy appreciation for straight, unflavored teas – growing up in an Asian household tends to create a certain love for tea – but working by DAVIDsTEA introduced me to this new, unexplored world of tea. Soon, I found myself buying all the tea I could find… which is how I’ve found myself in this position of having way more teas than I can drink, which is why I started blogging about my teas!
Anyway, during this post-coffee haze, I discovered that you could buy tea on Etsy! I literally have no recollection of finding Tea… & Other Things’ Etsy shop, but I ended up buying a few teas and then subscribing to their three-month tea subscription. (This subscription seems to no longer be available. Also, the shop’s name seems to have changed to The Tea Hippies.) Needless to say, my tea collection grew quite exponentially during my haze – I blame the sudden lack of high levels of caffeine for my memory loss.
One of the teas I bought from Tea… & Other Things was a Doctor Who themed tea – “Rose on a Beach.” At the time, I had been determined to start watching Doctor Who, and I wanted to drink and wear a ton of Doctor Who themed merchandise while I had a serious marathon. Of course, in true Michelle fashion, I never did have that marathon, but I’m still left with all of my Doctor Who themed tea. And since I have a new appreciation (read: obsession) for rose black tea, I decided to finally open my package of rose black tea this week.