The White, Green, Black, and Herb of Tea
Tell about your favorite tea. How do you prepare it and serve it? Milk and sugar? . Plain? What are some of your best memories of serving or sipping on this tea? Tell the health benefits of the tea(s) you prefer. Where do you purchase your tea? Is there someplace you enjoying purchasing tea from? Who from and where?
It’s hard to select a favorite tea, but I do prefer black teas. I didn’t grow up drinking hot tea, as a teenager I drank coffee for breakfast, but when I was age 22 and pregnant with my first child, I got sick on coffee, and to this day I do not like coffee!! I can’t drink a gourmet type flavored tea for breakfast I just drink plain ole Lipton’s tea (decaf) every morning. Other times I enjoy black tea blends, and purchase them often, when we travel I always look for unique tea blends. I also prefer loose teas over tea bags.
The above teas were purchased when we were vacationing. L to R: Orange Spice Tea from the Gryphon Tea Room, in Savannah, GA. Vanilla Tea, from Hawaii. My husband bought the licorice flavored tea from Taste Tea Room in Williamsburg, VA, he loves it!
I don’t use milk or cream in my tea, (I don’t drink any milk!) I prefer lemon in plain tea, but not in a flavored tea! Sugar is a must! If you don’t like tea, it may be because you don’t add sugar! Lately I have started using stevia to sweeten and like it as well. I also don’t care for strong tea, I never brew it more than three minutes.
I don’t care for green teas, but have been trying to get used to them because of health reasons. I don’t really care for herb “teas” that much, because they are not really tea! And the real kicker – I don’t like chamomile tea at all! Most people love it!
I have tried White Teas and they are okay, but the clear look makes me think I’m just drinking hot water! They are fun loose teas, especially the blends, like the White Christmas blend below:
Above: White Christmas Blend from The Tea Room in Savannah, GA. Emperor's Bride loose tea is in the tin, it is one of my favorites!
For tea parties and tea rooms I want things to be extra-special, and homemade! I want things to be different, not just a usual lunch! I like a variety of teas offered, and sugar lumps and/or natural sugar offered! I guess I can be a tea snob about this! LOL!
I’m not supposed to have caffeine so I have to decafeinate teas I have that have caffeine. To be honest I do prefer regular tea over decaf!
All of the flavors are very nice, definitely some of my favorites!
Top left, Special Blend from Harrod's in London. Top, right - from Paris. Bottom left, Monks Blend, from Nova Scotia. Bottom right: Rose Congou Loose Tea from Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Canada.
For those of you who did not see it before, here's a photo of my collection of teas on the inside of the pantry door: