Although I write about my "formal" tea samplings each Saturday, I've actually tried a number of new teas lately I thought I'd quickly review. Some were teabags, some were RTD (ready to drink) teas, but all were interesting. First, this Vanilla Chai Tea from Bolthouse Farms was something I'd seen at the grocery store and been meaning to try. It was OK, but I learned I really prefer my chai hot. I did, however, make a mental note that this RTD vanilla chai might work as an ingredient in chai ice cream!
Thanks to pay-at-the-pump I almost never go in a convenience store any more unless I'm on vacation, but recently I stopped at a corner store and had to go inside. This Earl Grey Snapple they had was new to me (I have no idea how long it's been out), and it was quite tasty. I wasn't sure I'd like cold Earl Grey, but somehow this worked for me.
A tea friend recently shared some of her stash with me, and one of the teas I enjoyed most was this Premium Sencha Green Tea from Tea Co. After tasting so many loose leaf greens lately, I was pleased with the crisp, fresh taste of this silken teabag. May have to order some of this for the office.
This Golden Monkey tea from Adagio, in a nice, fat silk sachet, was just delicious. It kept me awake through the latest episode of "24" on Monday night, which is saying something. The tea was far more interesting than the show!
The friend had warned me, with a gleam in her eye, that this teabag from Japan would be "different." Since neither of us knows what this really says, I decided, in honor of its unique and distinctive flavor, to name it "Japanese Landfill Blend." (Don't think I'm being ugly here; she didn't care for it either!)
My recent orders from Harney & Sons have included free sample tea bags, and I enjoyed both the taste and the elegant packaging of the two I've tried lately: Organic Green Tea with Citrus and Gingko is my favorite ...
but the Harney & Sons Organic Green Tea with Mint was also quite good. It has the prettiest packaging and even matches the dining room walls!