This week’s tea is Stash Strawberry Pomegranate Herbal Red Tea. It contains rooibos, rosehips, hibiscus flowers, raspberry leaves, citric acid (ha), strawberry flavor, and pomegranate flavor. Rooibos, rosehips, and hibiscus flowers are some of my favorite things to have in a tea. Rooibos is just so smooth. I adore it. This tea tastes mostly of the rooibos, with a bit of fruitiness in the background. Nothing spectacular, but I bet it would make a really nice iced tea.
I also tossed in a bit of Fusion Sweets Strawberry Sugar (sugar, dried strawberries) to keep it a more sugary edge. I really like their sugars (I got a sampler a while back.), especially when added to tea. And yes, I do realize that the owl mug is terrifying. I got it as a gift, but its eyes are pretty creepy. The good thing is that it’s a huge mug, so it’s good for a giant beverage or having soup.
Tonight, I’m drinking Magnificent ChamoMile by Adagio. Adagio is one of my favorite tea companies because of the variety and all of the information about tea on the site. This particular tea is from the Chicago Series and contains chamomile, white tea, apples, hibiscus flowers, orange peel, grapefruit flavor, cornflowers, and rose petals.
It mostly tastes of chamomile, which is probably my single favorite ingredient in any tea. It’s a sweet chamomile with a hint of white tea. The other ingredients don’t add much, but I’m a fan of a good, solid chamomile anyway, so this is fine with me. Adding a little peppermint it might be nice or maybe even a fruity rooibos.
The kitten tea cup came with a saucer, lid, and infuser. It was another Christmas 2012 gift from my grandmother. Apparently, I got a lot of tea stuff that year. It’s my favorite cup to use when I’m having some tea on my own.
I’ve decided I want to take some time to slow down and do something deliberate at least once a week. I’m blatantly stealing Milkyboots’ weekly cheese ritual, but doing a weekly tea ritual instead.
For my first week, I’m having some Tazo Rest tea. I have the tea bags and the ingredients are: rose petals, honeybush, orange peel, lemon verbena, lemon balm, lemon peel, natural flavors, licorice root, valerian root, ginger, lavender, lemon essence oil, orange essence oil, and Chinese geranium oil. It’s kinda like drinking flowers, but in the best way possible. Normally, I’d add a bit of sugar to this tea, but I decided to keep it simple tonight.
I’m using a fancypants tea cup and saucer covered in violets that my grandmother bought me during Christmas 2012, along with a little teapot that I think my mom got me a while ago. I don’t normally use a teapot, but I wanted to have a couple of cups of this tea. The coasters are from a set of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room coasters Dalice and I got in Disney World in 2013.