I used to think that tea was completely flavorless without sugar. It's not. It's just that you have to have the right tea & the right conditions.
- good quality, flavorful tea
- steeped at the right temperature
- for the right amount of time
Being raised in the south, most of the tea drinking from my youth was limited to Luzianne tea bags, steeped until the tea was crazy dark and blended with it's own weight in sugar to counter balance the bitterness. I jest. Maybe not that much sugar, but a lot. And don't get me wrong, this tea is delicious...even if you can feel your jaw locking up from so much sugar.
But that is not *tea*. I mean, it's tea, by definition but it's not *good tea*, by any stretch of the imagination. Good tea, in my opinion, generally doesn't come in cute little bags with a string & a catchy quote. It just doesn't. There are some that will do, in a pinch, but...well, just no. Quality tea comes in actual tea leaves, not dust. Is loose, not bagged. The flavors can range anywhere from subtle and slightly floral like white tea, or grassy like green teas, or dark and robust like many black teas. Then of course, everything in between. I personally don't have any use for flavored teas - I don't think adding flavorings is necessary if you have quality tea.
Then there are blended teas and herbal teas that sometimes just taste delicious and other times are beneficial (and also delicious). My favorite right now is our Immune Boost tea; a blend of mint leaves, several lemony herbs, elderberries, and a bit of black tea. It's light and refreshing, with just a little bit of a caffeine boost. If elderberries are your thing - and they should be, because they great for your immune system (especially this time of year) our Bergamot Black is a blend of black tea, elderberries, cornflower petals, lemon peel and a tiny touch of bergamot. Both are great way to boost the immune system, any time of the year. *note that we also have steeping instructions listed under the "how to use" tab of each tea listing. How you take your tea is a very personal thing, but we've provided some guidelines to assure that the flavors of each tea are fully developed but not over-steeped.
My favorite way to steep tea is in a small french press. I like to look at the tea leaves through the glass. Of course, reusable tea bags, tea balls and tea strainers are also great options for loose teas.
Do you love tea as much as I do? What are your favorite blends?