Being Indian, I've always loved tea. My parents always had tea time at promptly 4 everyday. My mother traveled all way to India to bring back the "the good stuff". Some of my best memories are of afternoon tea in a number of amazing locations, from London to Tanzania. So it's no wonder that I'm absolutely tea obsessed.
My Favorite Teas:
Pukka Three Mint Tea - I love all mint tea because it's great for digestion and a great caffeine-free pick-me-up! I'm a big fan of this one because it's a yummy blend of three types of mint and it really makes a difference.
Tea Bella White Coconut Dulce - Normally, I'm not a big fan of white teas but this one a quite exceptional. The coconut really is the star of this tea but the flavor isn't overwhelming. Tea Bella is a local Tampa tea company. Part of what makes their tea great is that they use quality ingredients and hand blend of their teas.
Tea Bella Mint Julep - Another Tea Bella Tea. This is one of their signatures and my personal favorite. It has some of my favorite notes like peppermint and rose. And as an iced tea, it's perfect for hot summer days!
Harney & Sons White Vanilla Grapefruit - Grapefruit seems to be the only fruit note I like in my tea. I got this particular one in a Birchbox and I've been in love ever since! The vanilla and grapefruit create this incredibly interesting taste that's just so good!
Kusmi BB Detox - The other grapefruity tea on my list. This tea is light and fruity and full of things that are good for you! Give it a shot, it's delicious!
Kusmi Petrushka - As you can see by the 4 Kusmi teas on my list, this is one of my favorite brands. They have a staggering collection of teas. But I love that you can find a bunch of teas that are only slightly different from each other. Its allows for a more 'customized' tea experience. Petruska's a tea I drink almost daily. It's a black tea with notes of almond, rose, and vanilla, all of which I love!
Kusmi Christmas Tea - For a long time this tea was impossible to get a hold of. And for good reason. It really does taste like Christmas. It's similar to Petruska with notes of orange, almond, rose, and vanilla.
Kusmi Rose Green Tea - This one a simple rose green tea. It has a light flavor that really plays to the strength of the rose.
Paromi Coconut Almond Tea - Oh my gosh, this tea! I just love it so much. Its pretty pricey and I hate that I can only find tea-bags but it truly is remarkable. Its a fuller black tea with a pretty strong coconut and almond flavor. And seriously, it just so good!
David's Tea Three Wishes - David's Tea is a pretty big name when it comes to tea but I'm not a huge fan. A lot of their tea are more for show then flavor. This, however, one is a rare winner. It's a black tea with rose and jasmine.
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice - This is the perfect tea for a cold day. It warms you right up! Despite it's name, it's actually a pretty sweet tea and very difficult to describe. You really do have to try it for yourself to see what I mean.
Some general tips for your tea adventure:
Use loose leaf tea when you can. This will give you a better flavor and loose leaf tea tend to be better quality then the tea bag version.
Follow Directions. Loose leaf tea is a lot less forgiving then tea bags so read how much you should use, how long it should steep for, and the water temperature. It sounds like a lot of work but it's easy and so worth it!
Store correctly. Store loose leaf tea in air tight containers to elongate their shelf life.
Play around. I started by buying a lot of sampler packs. This is a great way to try a lot of teas without getting stuck with a lot of something you don't like. Tasting around is the best way to figure out what notes you like and which ones you don't.