I went up to Philadelphia for a day trip with some friends. At Reading Terminal Market, there is a merchant selling dried fruit, spices, coffee, and tea in bulk. It was tiny, bins everywhere, and it smelled like heaven. I limited myself to only picking up a few teas, though I easily could have bought more, especially given how cheap the prices where! I got 4 types of tea, 2 oz for three of them and half a pound for the fourth for about 25 dollars.

Tonight, I remembered I hadn’t unloaded the tea from my shopping bag, so I transferred them over from the plastic baggies the clerk at the store used into plastic Chinese takeout containers, for want of anything better. I will do for now.

So, first tea up was the Rooibos Peppermint Patty. This is a lovely before bedtime tea. Despite the sprinkles and chocolate chips in the tea, it’s not very sweet. I might have to add some sugar or almond milk in it for extra flavor depth. But the peppermint definitely comes through.

It also smells heavenly dry.

Flavors: Peppermint

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I’m a tea-aholic. I’ve always loved tea. It is soothing and warm and comforting. I always had it when we went out to eat as a child so my first association is with rich and delicious food.

As an adult, I’m learning to enjoy tea on its own merits, and bask in its subtleties and varieties. The ritual of making a cup of tea is instantly relaxing.

I prefer oolong and white teas, followed by greens. For the most part, I don’t like straight black tea, but appreciate it as part of a blend or flavored. I’ve learned to love the world of flavored teas out there.

I’m slowly learning to appreciate rooibos blends, which I started drinking for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Love: Oolong, almond, coconut, peach
Hate: Ginger


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