drank Chai Spice by Verdant Tea
673 tasting notes

I met Annalisa and all 5 boys at Horsetooth Park this afternoon, armed with crackers and hugs.
It was a warm, cloudy day, perfect for playing without the worry of sunburn.
The park has a water play area, a tunnel mountain, various playgrounds for different ages, hiking trails and a dog park with fenced in swimming lake for dogs.

To both 2 year old’s, I’m “Dama” and to everyone else I’m “Grandma”.

After playtime, I took 8 year old Micah for some time alone. It’s important for him to know how special he is to me. His life has been difficult. Being 8 and bipolar, makes you feel different in a way that isn’t always good. He loves coming to my house and being my special boy.
I drove the long way home, stopped by the lower lake and we took a walk talking about fishing and why there were holes in the rocks. Then we went off to Happy Lucky’s for tea.

I brought my new Chai Spice with me. Who brings tea to a tea shop, or Chai Spice? I do!

For some reason, Happy Lucky’s was empty when we arrived and stayed that way. Maybe it was the clouds in the sky…sending streaks of lightening further out on the Prairie that was keeping people away. Whatever the case, Eric…Sam…Micah and I had Happy Lucky’s Tea House to ourselves!

Eric made the Chai in a fancy pot using a malty black tea base, milk and honey for all of us to enjoy.
Micah and I sat at the tea-bar and I poured tea very high above the little teacups from the copper teapot with it’s long curved spout. The 3 ft. stream of tea hit the cups creating froth without spilling a drop! (I’ve done this before) Everyone enjoys seeing me pour Chai!

This Chai was subtle, not too spicy or peppery. I could tell this was a Verdant Chai. Some Chai’s are ‘in your face’. By that I mean, there’s ‘lots’ of clove or cardamom or pepper and sometimes I feel like I’ve had Chai mouthwash!
Verdant Chai’s are gentle. Not weak, but not raw and rough either.
I can’t wait to try the Chai blend with Laoshan Black Tea. I know magic will happen with this Chai blend and Laoshan Black, who knows why…but it will happen. It’s a mystery! Maybe a miracle.

There are recipes so subtle that you might be tempted to rush past without consideration. We have become that kind of society. Rushing on to the huge tastes, the bold flavors. Refinement and restraint is something that I’m learning to appreciate and this blend is more refined.

Micah, my tea-guy friends and I all enjoyed our late afternoon Chai, and I’m looking forward to many more cups and some experimentation.

As Micah began to get over-active, I took him to the bins of tea and we began to go through the samplers, experimenting with the scents of mint and cacao, then lemon and ginger…and on and on until he forgot where he was and became interested in the tea. He calmed down and enjoyed himself again.

My daughter came and picked him up at the shop. Teatime with grandma is a memory I’m creating with my grandchildren. http://flic.kr/p/e8ZT4i

teacleansesthesoul

Awesome! My ex also had bipolar..

Indigobloom

what a lovely story Bonnie. Micah sounds like a wonderful boy. Tell him I say so! :)

mrmopar

I know Grandma has him spoiled! Just like I have mine.

Kashyap

I also am guilty of bringing tea to a teashop :) wonderful story and love your words….nice to see teas weave with love

Claire

What an adorable picture! Thanks for sharing, Bonnie.

CelebriTEA

Gorgeous Grandma & Gorgeous Grandbabies ♡

http://instagram.com/p/hUwC_ak7Ls/

This is my best tea drinking buddy, Zae,
She is my 3 yr old GrandAngel.
I have to coax my other GrandAngels into
having tea with me~not her!
She coos….mmmmmmm…..it’s yummy…
Especially if it is a Chai, but she loves all teas.
I have tea parties with all of my GrandAngels,
But she is the only angel drinking tea with me.
The other angels want juice or Kool-Aid in their tea cup.
Love the stories about your grandbabies, Bonnie ♡

Bonnie

Wow!What a cutie! Keep trying with the other ones! Even my older grandsons drink tea because they see cool college guys drinking tea at Happy Luckys Tea House. I write about life for many reasons. One reason is because people on Steepster have grandparents and might get insite from me. Another reason is that getting old is nothing to fear. We’ll all get old, so have fun with it!
Thanks for being friendly and for the encouragement!

CelebriTEA

Thank you & thanks for the encouragement.
They all have learned to drink tea when they are sick…I insist on a cup of tea
before bed to anyone coughing…lol…choice of chai or chamomile…
I figure one day, they will get it :-)

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teacleansesthesoul

Awesome! My ex also had bipolar..

Indigobloom

what a lovely story Bonnie. Micah sounds like a wonderful boy. Tell him I say so! :)

mrmopar

I know Grandma has him spoiled! Just like I have mine.

Kashyap

I also am guilty of bringing tea to a teashop :) wonderful story and love your words….nice to see teas weave with love

Claire

What an adorable picture! Thanks for sharing, Bonnie.

CelebriTEA

Gorgeous Grandma & Gorgeous Grandbabies ♡

http://instagram.com/p/hUwC_ak7Ls/

This is my best tea drinking buddy, Zae,
She is my 3 yr old GrandAngel.
I have to coax my other GrandAngels into
having tea with me~not her!
She coos….mmmmmmm…..it’s yummy…
Especially if it is a Chai, but she loves all teas.
I have tea parties with all of my GrandAngels,
But she is the only angel drinking tea with me.
The other angels want juice or Kool-Aid in their tea cup.
Love the stories about your grandbabies, Bonnie ♡

Bonnie

Wow!What a cutie! Keep trying with the other ones! Even my older grandsons drink tea because they see cool college guys drinking tea at Happy Luckys Tea House. I write about life for many reasons. One reason is because people on Steepster have grandparents and might get insite from me. Another reason is that getting old is nothing to fear. We’ll all get old, so have fun with it!
Thanks for being friendly and for the encouragement!

CelebriTEA

Thank you & thanks for the encouragement.
They all have learned to drink tea when they are sick…I insist on a cup of tea
before bed to anyone coughing…lol…choice of chai or chamomile…
I figure one day, they will get it :-)

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Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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