by Sarah the Tea Mistress
Like many of you, I have been standing at the windows of JoysTeaspoon.com chanting, “Open, open, open!” Now that I have access to so many new teas, I’m having trouble figuring out what to drink! I ordered 6 teas, which earned me free shipping, so I practically saved money (or at least that is what I told my husband).
Day 1 (Captains Log - Wednesday): After a long day at work I was so excited to smell a special box sitting on my front porch. I started with the Ruby Red. After work I normally feed the dog and make dinner. My routine didn't change, but at least I could do it while sipping a delicious tea that had a refreshing crisp citrus zing cut by a light floral taste that was just the right balance of tangy and sweet. I usually do not like sweet tea (no offense southerners) but this tea was great with just a pinch of sugar.
Day 2 (Captains Log - Thursday): It has been a little cold here in Chicago so when I got home this evening I wanted something warm to cut the chill, so thank goodness I have tea! When I go our for Chinese I enjoy the tea, especially a good green tea like Genmaicha. Of course I consider myself a Genmaicha connoisseur because I have had it more than once, so, I decided to put this Joy's Teaspoon Genmaicha to the test. It went something like this: Sip. Sip. Sip. Sip. Love It! It was just the right tea to warm me up, and, because it is a green tea with bits of brown toasted rice, it is clean and refreshing. A perfect spring evening tea, and now I am officially worried that no other tea can beat this.
Day 3 (Captains Log - Friday): It’s warmer today, sunny, and I have the day off! What could make this day better? Iced Tea. Like the Dos Equis guy, I don’t always drink iced tea but when I do I only drink the World Tea Expo Winner for Best Iced Tea, Wellness. Being that I am an 80 year old woman ,trapped in the body of a 28 year old, I have one of those Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Makers. To redeem my youthfulness, I used my very smart phone to look up brewing instructions for loose leaf tea on JoysTeaspoon.com. It was delicious and refreshing; I cannot wait until summer when I can make this a main staple of every outdoor event.
Day 4 (Captains Log - Saturday): Today brought on a bevy of chores and errands that in general I do not want to do. I feel like Cinderella today minus the mice to help. That said, I started my morning with an energizing tea, Crannyberry. I have to admit the smell of this tea actually brought the hubby out of the man cave and into the kitchen. The Cranberry is tart and just right with a strong black tea. I still had to clean but at least my morning started off well.
Day 5 (Captains Log - Sunday): Finally, a Pina Colada I can have on a Sunday without feeling a little tinge of guilt. I drank it warm, however, I can imagine it is just fantastic cold! The only thing missing was a hat made of fruit and a tropical breeze. I loved the citrus taste with the coconut-ty sweetness blended in. Pina Colada tea made it a little easier to keep the Sabbath day holy!
Day 6 (Captains Log - Monday): Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays! I love my job but there is little that can make a Monday great…until Creamsicle! I find that words cannot quite express my love for Creamsicle, but since it is hard to show you interpretive dance on a blog I have decided to try poetry.
An Ode to Creamsicle
Oh how I have searched for a tea,
That perfectly completes me.
And then I found you Creamsicle,
You are quite the dream-sicle!Day 7 (Captains Log - Tuesday): Some things are just worth doing twice! Today I started with Creamsicle in the morning and ended with Wellness on ice in the evening. I now know what it is like to be the cream filling in the middle of an Oreo, stuck between deliciousness! With so many more teas and brewing options I am excited to keep sipping! However, I am thinking my next post will need to be 40 days and 40 nights of tea - just to get them all in.