I’m not much of a tea drinker so this post is probably coming as much of a surprise to you as me. The only type of tea I drink is green tea – and not the fancy kind… I drink the stuff by Tetley and Lipton. So as you can imagine, I was surprised when I had a random urge to try flavoured teas – what an odd craving!
Since I know nothing about tea, I wasn’t sure where to start – what kind of tea would I like? What the heck am I supposed to say to the “tea experts” if I walk into a store? Yeah, a little intimidating!
Anyway, I was walking around the mall on Saturday and I passed by Teaopia. I decided to go in and just look around – secretly hoping someone would help me. I walked up to the counter where they keep all their specialty teas and was greeted by an extremely friendly “tea expert.” I’m pretty open/honest so I told him straight off the bat that I know absolutely nothing about tea and that the only type of tea I drink is green tea. I told him I was also open to black tea as I do like the flavour of it without milk.
From then on, he narrowed down my likes/dislikes based on what I wanted and what I smelt. I really wanted something with pomegranate but the green tea that had bits of pomegranate was almost finished… so we went with Monk’s Blend: Ceylon Black Tea, Vanilla & Grenadine.
I love the smell of this tea! Both of the sisters think it smells like medicine but NO it doesn’t – I like the sweetness of the grenadine and the subtleness of the vanilla. I’m not a fan of the ultra sweet smell of vanilla, so I liked that the this blend has just the right amount of sweetness.
As my first loose leaf tea, I think it was a good choice 🙂 I didn’t have to add sugar or honey so yeay! It has just the right amount of sweetness and pick-me-up goodness.
I can’t wait to try more teas from Teaopia!! I totally want to try something with chocolate and/or almond pieces next – in addition to something slightly more fruity.
- Caramelissimo: I had a smell of this at the store and it smelt divine! It has pieces of caramel and hard biscuit!
- Coco Caramel: Rooibos tea, chocolate flakes and caramel pieces
- Mudslide: Rooibos tea, banana bits, cocoa peel, walnuts, chocolate drops and coconut – I think this is at the top of my list
- Sangria: Apple pieces, hibiscus, grapes, orange peel, papaya pieces, pineapple pieces, mango pieces, strawberry slices, lemon peel and lemongrass
Are you a tea drinker? I’d love to hear your recommendations on what I should try next! 🙂