drank Winter Spice by Twinings
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I’ve actually had this one for a while, but I have been sorely neglecting my bagged tea stores for quite some time. It’s just that my loose-leaf ones are so much tastier, that I tend to gravitate toward them, understandably. Still, my boxes and boxes of tea bags are taking up space in the hubby and I’s new apartment, so I have vowed that I will focus my attention on them until I’ve at least drunk our stores down so that they will all fit on the bottom shelf of our tea shelves.

In my browsing of our 30+ boxes of tea, I came across this one. I know, I know, it is not winter, and I am not ill, but that doesn’t mean I can’t drink spiced tea or chamomile—and this one happens to be both. I have liked this tea for a long time—it being Twinings makes it hard to dislike—and am glad to have rediscovered it. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite, but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3


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