Cooler Weather Means It’s Tea Time!
I always say this, but it doesn’t make it any less true: time flies. I just sent my eldest off to her first day of 2nd grade and my littlest is already 5 weeks old – where does the time go!?
Even though I’m sad that my littles are growing up so fast, one thing that always comes with the Autumn season is cooler weather, and with the cooler weather I can finally get back to my tea time. I generally don’t let the warm weather deter me from a nice cup of tea, but since I was pregnant for the majority of the summer I wasn’t able to enjoy my favorites as much as I normally like to (I try to lay off the caffeine as much as possible).
One of my favorite places to get tea from is The Tea Spot – I’ve worked with them almost from the beginning of starting this blog and I was lucky enough to meet some of their fabulous staff at The Tea Expo a few years ago. I was offered some free samples of their new tea sachets to try out, and of course I agreed – what’s better than tea? Even so, all opinions are my own and I buy my tea from there even when I’m not getting free samples – so you know it’s good!
Their new tea sachets are awesome for a couple of reasons: 1) They are packed with a ton of loose leaf tea, so you can steep them quite a few times (I did up to 6 times on some of them) without the loss of much flavor, and 2) You get the vibrant flavor of a loose leaf steep without some of the mess and hassle. I am a huge fan of loose leaf tea, and this is a wonderful middle ground.
I was able to try a few of my absolute faves from The Tea Spot such as their Monkey Picked White, which has a delicious mellow flavor that is similar to green tea, but much lighter. My all-time favorite is their Sencha, which I was also able to sample. Their Sencha is very high quality and you can tell from the first sip. The green tea flavor is completely unimpeded by anything else and it’s not bitter like some green teas can be – it’s incredibly smooth.
Along with a few of my faves, I was also able to try some new-to-me varieties such as the Boulder Breakfast Blend, which is a mix of black and pu’ehr teas with dark chocolate undertones. It’s a little high in caffeine for me, but the flavor is bold and delicious and just a little sweet. I also enjoyed the Coconut Cabana blend – the coconut is very aromatic, but the flavor is mellow enough that it doesn’t overpower the delicious oolong tea.
If you are a loose tea fan or have always been a bit hesitant to try loose leaf, I recommend giving these tea sachets a try. They have all of the flavor benefits of loose leaf without the hassle. Their tea is also very reasonably priced at around $7 for 12 sachets. Again, you can get many steeps out of each sachet, so you definitely get your money’s worth out of each one. These also make great gifts for tea lovers, and since the holiday season is already getting close (!) it would be good to start getting ideas together.
P.S. I know I failed at getting my stuff together for VeganMoFo this year, which really makes me sad – it’s the first time in several years that I haven’t participated, but unfortunately it just didn’t make the priority list this year. Hopefully I’ll be back on track for next year’s festivities!