Are you a tea enthusiast? A brew buff? A Darjeeling devotee? All of the above? Then let me introduce you to Tea Tasters - an ingenious subscription model of teas delivered monthly to your door. For $10 a month, Tea Tasters send you 3 cute samples of different premium teas from all over the world. Your tea exploration can range from a month-to-month, 6 or 12 month subscription.
While trying to kick my problematic coffee addiction, tea has been my saving grace, like a soothing hug in a mug. As Charles Dickens expressed, tea can calm the mind and provide clarity.
So I says "My dear if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head I should better understand your affairs." And we had the tea and the affairs too.... ~Charles Dickens, "Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy"
However, tea can also ignite the senses and kindle the fire within - like a spiced chai or an enlivening green tea. Plus, the numerous health benefits of drinking tea is reason enough to make time for a cuppa.
Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary. ~Chinese Proverb
In this month's tea selection, Tea Taster's fitting theme is florals as we celebrate love on Valentine's Day. John Lennon says it best -"Love is the flower you've got to let grow". So, for the love of tea and everything wonderful in this world, here are the 3 premium brews of February:
CAPE TO CAIRO BY SEVEN SEAS TEA
Take a journey from the southern-most tip of Africa where the Dutch East India Company of old, rounded the Cape of Good Hope in search of precious teas and spices, to the far north of this wild continent where ancient Egyptians once ruled.
The bright red colour is beautiful to watch as it bleeds and infuses. African rooibos, rosehips and hibiscus flowers combine to create a refreshing, fruity flavour packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitimin C. Naturally caffeine-free, this blend is best enjoyed before bed.
SWEET ROSE BY ORGANIC INDIA
This tea gently caresses the soul and relieves stress thanks to the healing properties of Tulsi leaves - the "Queen of Herbs". The autumnal gradients and floral aromas create an enriching experience for the senses. Organic India have achieved the perfect balance of flavours with rose petals, chamomile, stevia leaf, and a touch of lemon myrtle. I personally like to sip this brew first thing in the morning, to softly ease into my day.
COCONUT & CHAMOMILE HOUJICHA BY PERFECT SOUTH
Houjicha is a type of Japanese green tea which is roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal. The added coconut pieces and chamomile flowers give a rich aroma of sweet apricot and cacao. This sweet and nutty delight is recommended as a dessert beverage or afternoon tea.
I leave you with a beautiful quote from one of my favourite spiritual teachers, Thich Nat Hahn:
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.