Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's Tea Time

This summer I participated in a gift swap hosted by Mary of I Need A Playdate. One of the items I received was a package of tea and I'm finally getting a chance to try it.  Mary sent me some green tea called Tea on the Beach which is perfect since I love the beach and have several of them to choose from in my area. 

 It is a loose leaf tea blended by a company in Cleveland, Ohio known as The Tea Lab.  The Tea Lab has over 100 varieties of tea blends for you to choose from.  You can choose one of their many creations or experiment and create your own.  After reviewing their Facebook site, I realize there is more to it than just a room full of selective tea concoctions.  They sell a variety of accessories and even host a Tea Talk.

This morning was the perfect morning to enjoy some tea.  My throat was itchy and it has been raining off and on over the last 24 hours and heavier rainfalls are expected this afternoon.  I plugged up my tea kettle and allowed this baby to purr.   

When I first opened my bag of tea, the fresh aromas were pleasing and tickled my senses.  

I couldn't wait to get this baby steeping.  I didn't realize it came with its own tea bags.

 So my mesh tea infuser will not have to be used today. J  I purchased it from Pier 1 in case you are looking for one of your own.  

I allowed my tea to steep for about 5 minutes before tasting it to see if it was at the strength I liked.  The taste was okay, but I felt it should steep just a little more. 

After a few minutes I tasted it again and I must say it was delicious all on its own.  It has a nice floral scent and taste (if that makes any sense) with a hint of honey flavor.  

I could drink this as is, but I decided to add some honey just to see if it made a difference.  Honey is great for flavoring teas and it’s also a natural remedy for sore throats and colds in general.  Just a little bit was all it took to enhance the flavors in the tea without overpowering it.  

Sorry about the torn label

Tea break... I'm actually stopping to enjoy my tea.

I must say, I am pleasantly pleased with this tea and will be looking forward to the next cup.  I went online to see if The Tea Lab had an online store and this is what I found under their Shop tab:

Due to a number of requests, we are working on a online store.
We hope to have it functioning soon.
But we also think the best way to buy tea
is to see, smell and taste it.
We encourage you to come see us at our retail stores

Okay, I don't live in Ohio so I won't be making it up there to buy any.  I know there must be stores here in my area that sell their own blended teas so I will be checking around soon because this bag of deliciousness will be gone soon and I will definitely be wanting another.  Thanks Mary for introducing me to loose leaf teas and thanks to The Tea Lab for supplying it.

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