Sunday, March 27, 2011

To Teas You

I don't know about any of my followers, but I love tea. I prefer it over coffee because of the taste (tea really comes in every possible flavor imaginable), the versatility (blending flavors, iced..etc) and due to the fact that it has less caffeine than coffee. Coffee makes me too jittery and I usually have to be in a 'certain mood' to drink it.

My favorite tea is Earl Grey blends, I like how its very similar to English breakfast, however the distinct bergamont flavor really adds to the bold taste. I recently bought the Earl Grey blend from Trader Joe's and it's pretty good.

Green Jasmine 
I also like the blend of vanilla almond tea and white tea. The vanilla can be a bit overpowering, but blended with a plain white tea it almost balances it out. However, some prefer the strong almond taste.


I was never too crazy about flower infused teas, almost too 'sweet' and 'plant-like' tasting for me, until I tried Twinning's Green Jasmine. I like to drink this tea before bed, because it has a nice, lush, warm flavor and it kind of lulls me to sleep. For some reason, I find this tea really comforting.

A couple of months ago, I went to this store called Teavana and although, overpriced, the store does boast quality tea and flavors. They also sell expensive tea pots, and tea-related items. A perfect gift for any tea enthusiast, I kind of secretly want one for my birthday ;). They have samples throughout the store, some iced, some hot. I tried a couple, but the one I really liked was the blend of blueberry rooibos and lime rooibos, mixed together in an iced tea, with some sugar cane. Really delicious. Now rooibos is a tea that you don't really need to let reach boiling point and you can let the tea bag sit in it for awhile to really let the flavor permeate.



Blueberry Rooibos


So, if you enjoy drinking tea, I definitely suggest you check out Teavana for a multitude of flavors, and even to sample some. Careful though, their staff is trained to SELL, trust me. Avoid them and make your own decisions and you'll be fine.

30 comments:

  1. I think im going to check it out, looks great.

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  2. I've always liked just regular, old, boring tea. I've tried a couple flavored ones, and I wasn't really a fan.

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  3. Don't think we have any places like this in New Zealand, but hey i love me some rooibos brother!

    Nice blog - Following! Will be around for your next post!

    Mike.

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  5. Coffee isn't really my thing, I enjoy starting my mornings with a warm cup of tea instead. I always drink the same tea brands/flavors, so thanks for this post, I gotta try out Teavana!

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  6. People really encouraged me to drink tea when I said I was having coffee withdrawals. I tried it, but tea just didn't have the kick I crave. It tastes good sometimes though.

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  7. I love a great tea in the morning. Most people will have a coffee, I'd rather a tea.

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  8. I'm going to try some of these, thanks!

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  9. That looks awesome! I got some mate from there one time. It had dried raspberries and orange in it. It was the shit. Following.

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  10. Also, if your name is after the Boards of Canada song, you are officially awesome.

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  11. I also prefer tea over coffee! It's much better!

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  12. Hmmm, you've made me slightly more of a tea drinker. I enjoy it very much so only to relax on cold nights...I'm going to try your suggestions. Thanks!

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  13. my gf always wants to drink tea with me :D
    cinnamon is the best!

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  14. I love Earl Grey. You must try Yerba Mate my friend, it's even greater for health than 'normal' tea.

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  15. Tea is good but I can live without it

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  16. looks yummie, may i will try

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  17. Only recently did i start regularly drinking coffee and tea, i absolutely love coffee, some mornings i cant go with out.

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  18. Drinking my mint/green tea atm =) thanks for all the tips I'm going to try to find some of them!

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  19. every word was better then the last. your words have cut to my soul in a way that has never happened before.

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  20. Iced mint tea in the summer. Nothing beats it.

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  21. I've never been a big fan of coffee. it doesn't have the consistency to match its appearance and that has always thrown me off. But tea... whole different ball game. The flavors are as varied as the the brewers imagination and if you love tea you will find that while you have your own personal preferences its pretty rare to find a single blend you actually dislike. Personally i prefer a plain earl grey with just a pinch of cane sugar. I don't really enjoy Green tea but i have found that with mint or rhubarb it can be pretty good. One of the best blends i have ever had was a very sweet combination of pomegranate extracts and black berry. I have no idea how to make it or even what brand it was if it was even store purchasable but it had the scent of a handful of fresh berries in Autumn air and a hearty taste that felt like it had some sort of ethereal weight to it that only took effect once you were enjoying it.

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  22. That picture of the green jasmine tea is stunning!

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  23. Wow stromatose- sounds really nice. I just found out there's this local tea shop near where I live that now has over 70 different types of loose tea. I'll have to go there one day and I'm gonna keep an eye out for a similar one that you described. :)

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  24. I also love tea. Drink it every day.

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