You know what? I just came back from my local tea shop to purchase a butt-load of teas to give away to family and friends. The gift of tea! How perfect is that?! I'm even more excited to give it away than I am to get it for myself (although I did have to get some for me too, because, well, because.)
For some people I got the tried and true with a boost, Cream Earl Grey. It's a great standard, but with an added hint of sweetness not unlike a Campino candy. Not for everybody, and it's not my very favorite either. But it's good for those who don't drink a lot of tea, and who would enjoy something a bit different from the usual Tetley tea bag.
For others, I got some Chocolate Mint (a black tea flavored with real mint, and the smell of the dry tea leaves reminds me a lot of those Girl Guide minty-chocolaty cookies) - it's a nice treat when you want to indulge in sweetness without the guilt. Some Cochin Masala Chai, and a new flavour to this tea shop, Almond Black, round off the list.
For myself (I only got myself 2 samplers because I couldn't seriously justify getting any more tea with such a big stash at home already) a Coconut Black - a flavour that seems to be extremely popular these days, although usually in a coconut pouchong (somewhere between a green and an oolong), which I need to find. But you know, now that I've figured out the art of tea flavoring (my god, I feel so dumb), I probably could get the exact same effect by adding dried coconut shreds to my cup. I also got a Chocolate Cream, because I can't get enough of that chocolaty goodness! I plan on sipping some while wrapping presents tonight. Actually maybe I should have some right now, because my sweet daughter is having a meltdown (I'm blaming the candy canes), and I want to remain in my Christmassy, happy frame of mind!
To further the topic of chocolate and Christmas and tea, I thought I'd share this link which was sent to me by my good friend April (bless her socks!) - it's a thing of beauty:
Merry Christmas, Everyone! *Mwah* *Mwah*
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