Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tea haul

This post is coming to you super early on Sunday morning because I can't sleep. I was having this problem before Christmas, but I slept great while we were home in Arkansas, so I have no idea what's going on. I blame Alabama.

I watch The Office on Netflix when I can't sleep ...or when I'm just sitting around, because I like the background noise. I woke Aaron up when I turned on "Dinner Party" (S4E13). It's the one where Jan & Michael annoyingly call each other "Babe" for the entire episode. Aaron and I used to mock it, but that lead to calling each other "Babe" and "Baby" seriously. Oops.

He said, "Since we're both up, we could just go ahead and leave."

"Sure," I replied.

And then he rolled over and went back to sleep. Heh. We're going climbing later today ...or, as soon as he wakes up, I suppose.

Since being Up up, I've gotten dressed & ready for the day (sans putting contacts in. My eyes are seriously going to hate me when I'm older...), did an hour-long yin class on yogaglo, packed our snacks and food for the day and made a cup of tea ...which brings me to the real point of this post.

This is my most recent online purchase (I really need to just stop...). I found out about the Republic of Tea awhile ago, and resisted purchasing until now. But, I'm a convert. I will order again once all of this is gone.

From left to right, we have the Hibiscus tea sampler...because I've never had hibiscus tea before ...100 percent white honeysuckle tea (which is what I'm drinking now), orange ginger mint, and Anna Karenina "Russian Rose Caravan" black tea.

I tried the Orange Ginger Mint first yesterday, and it's my favorite so far. It's perfect. It's spicy, citrusy but not too citrusy ...minty but not too minty. You get the idea. It's perfectly smooth as well. Much smoother than Celestial Seasonings, which is my normal go-to brand.

Yesterday evening, I steeped a cup of the Black rose tea. I didn't like it as much as my first selection. I didn't taste much of the Rose flavor. It was, however, very smoky. I don't think it says anything about a smoky flavor anywhere int he description, but that was the first thing I picked up on. It's interesting. I need a spoon full of sugar mixed in, just like I do with all black teas. I'm going to need another cup of this one before I figure out how I feel about it.

This morning, I went with a cup of the Honeysuckle White. It's the perfect blend of flowery/herby and sweet. It has the same smooth taste as the Orange Ginger Mint as well, which is just lovely. This tastes more like a spring-time tea, but I don't mind drinking it now, either.

I'll probably be giving tea as gifts much more often now because of the Republic of Tea's beautiful tins.

I'm not one bit disappointed. This only adds fuel to the fire of my tea obsession. By the way, shipping was super fast, and customer service is nice and friendly. (This is not a sponsored post!!!)

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