Spilling the Tea
We drink copious amount of tea in this household and during this quarantine we've been drinking what I can only describe as an exorbitant amount. Tea is the first thing I have in the morning and the last before bed. A cup always provides some comfort so what better time to explore different teas than the present?
Moving to the US has led me to discover tea brands I never had the opportunity to try out before. However this also made it slightly difficult to continue savouring some European teas, as some specific brands are not easily accessible.
My absolute favourite tea brand is Mariage Freres and has been so for many years. The quality of their teas is second to none and it is the one brand I find myself constantly yearning for. Vert Provence (floral green) and Destress (floral green) are my two favourite blends from the brand. Followed closely by Fantome de l'Opera (green tea and ginger).
Another french brand I enjoy it Palais de Thes. I'm not very keen on Earl Grey, but this brand's Blue of London Earl Grey is infused with blue mallow and makes the black tea softer and much more pleasant than the typical earl grey. I'm not very fond of black teas but this one goes down a treat.
Obviously, discussing tea, one cannot discount British brands. Fortnum and Mason's Jubilee is another one of the very few black teas I relish.
I recently discovered David's Tea and had a lovely experience smelling different teas and familiarising myself with the brand in store. So far from the ones I've tried I've been mostly reaching out for their North African Mint and look forward to savour more of their blends.
Another favourite of mine is Damman Frere's Jasmine Green Tea. I discovered their store in Milan purely by chance whilst strolling around the city and since then have been hooked. This is one of the brands that I doesn't seem to be easily accessible in NYC.
Whittard has also been a favourite of mine. I still remember the very first visit to their London store many moons ago. Their Marrakech Mint has been a staple of mine and for many years it has been the blend that was always tucked in my office desk drawers to have the very first thing in the office in the morning.
I have also recently become aware of brands like Harney and Sons and Republic of Tea which are budget friendly, have a wide selection and are available pretty much anywhere in the US. I've just got my hands on the Downton Abbey's Lady Cora's Evening Tea (Chamomile and lemon balm) and Peppermint Herbal and look forward to savour them with a piece of cake!
Feel free to share your favourite teas. I'm always eager to discover new blends to enjoy.