My go-to tea when I am sick is Rishi’s Pu-erh Ginger. Nothing makes me feel better than a hot cup of it! I am in quite the conundrum at the moment since I am at my parent’s for the holidays, and I’ve come down with the flu. Well, I thought it was a cold at first, but 5 days later and I’m just feeling worse so sadly, seems like I caught the evil winter bug. And I don’t have my beloved tea! But just in the nick of time I got my swap package from Kasumi which mercifully contains ginger pu-erh.

I have only tried a few Numi teas but I’ve liked them all, so I had high hopes for this. It smells great for a bagged tea, and brews up nice and dark. I sweetened my cup liberally with honey, but I took a sip before and the earthy, woodsy flavors come through very well. The ginger is nice and sharp, not quite as strong as the Rishi blend (unsurprising, since I’m comparing bagged vs loose-leaf) but it’s so nice and warming and a smidge peppery. The perfect throat-soother! And, miraculously, I got 3 steeps out of one bag and the flavor didn’t even fade! Just increased the time by 2 minutes, I think I’ll try for a 4th before I curl up in bed for the night. Thanks so much, Kasumi!

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Kasumi no Chajin

this one comes in loose leaf too :D

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Kasumi no Chajin

this one comes in loose leaf too :D

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!


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