I tried really hard to not drug myself in order to get through my day. Long story short, driving an hour home after being on your feet since 7AM is just a bad idea without any kind of a pick me up.
So, I have turned to tea. And in the past few weeks I have become quite the tea drinker. A tea freak, even. I have at least 4 cups a day. It helps too that my mentor teacher is a tea drinker, so I’m just surrounded by it all day. Just to be clear, I am no connoisseur, no loose tea here, I like the convenience of the little mesh bags.
I’m sure you know there are a bunch of different kinds of tea: black, green, red, white, etc. It gets more specific and more specialized, but I’m just your average tea drinker. I try to get a variety!
My first tea requirement though:
No, not that there are 20 bags in the package, that there is CAFFEINE! Surprisingly, this isn’t always easy to find. I think the idea is that some people drink tea instead of coffee because they don’t want the caffeine. Not the case here! No decaf tea, and even better is tea that specifies that it is caffeinated. You’ll find some boxes marked “Revive”, or “Awake”, and those undoubtedly will give you a little perk.
When embarking on my tea adventure, I turned first to Yogi Tea, which I have seen at every grocery store I have been in recently, and more extended collections at some natural food stores. I went for their “Uplift” line, and there were a few options. One of my favorite things about the Yogi tea is that they listed on the side of the box how much caffeine was in it. So I got the box with the most caffeine: Lemon Ginger Green Tea.
In my desk drawer (yes, I brought my camera to school today).
My first thought was: grass. It smelled like grass. It kind of tastes a little grassy too, but not in an overpowering way. I’ve been keeping this box at school, and its been quite effective at getting me past my drive home slump.
So, I had my school tea, but I desperately needed something to have on my way to school in the morning. I perused the aisles of my local Shop-Rite (they have a pretty nice natural food section), and found this “Energizing” Passionfruit-Mango Green Tea.
I have to say, this was one of the best teas I have ever bought. Most of the time, I think fruity teas are too light, or too “flowery”, or don’t taste like much, but this just tastes so nice and tropical, and you can still taste the green tea. Its really awesome, just a little sweet: Passionfruit Mango Green Tea by Teakanne.
Now that the tea ball was rolling, I just couldn't stop...especially when there was a sale. Leftover teas, marketed for Valentine's Day, with an additional coupon if I bought two boxes. How could I say no?
First was a black tea, this was the V-day one: Celestial Seasoning's Vanilla Strawberry Rose Ceylon Black Tea.
Vanilla? Awesome. Strawberry? More awesome. Rose? Um..not so sure. I spent way to much time in the tea aisle debating this one, but I am so so so so glad I did. It is just fantastic. You can't really taste the strawberry, but the hints of vanilla and rose, combined with cinnamon and spices, is completely perfect.
Lastly, I got a white tea. I was on the fence with this one: Perfectly Pear White Tea.
I've only had iced white tea before, and I never liked it, I find it too light tasting. Luckily, this tea made me a white tea convert. It is really great, and you can really taste the pear flavor.
Anyone else a big tea drinker? I see this becoming a very bad habit. And by bad, I mean I'll have more boxes of tea than space for boxes of tea.
Are you a decaf drinker? At one time, I too preferred to keep my tea free of caffeine. At night I still have my absolute favorite: Candy Cane Lane!
Yes, you can only get it at the holidays...but I bought two boxes this year. I don't know what it is about it, but I love it, the peppermint, the green tea....completely perfect.
If anyone wants to share their favorite, I am completely and totally open to and looking for suggestions. Like I said, I foresee a rapidly expanding tea collection in my future!!