I realized that I have been stuck in a rut with my tea choices lately. I have the same ones all the time and honestly that can only last for so long before I get bored. So a couple weekends ago, while I was in Whole Foods picking up a few things that I needed, I ventured into the tea aisle and picked up a few things the I didn’t exactly need. This tea time features some of those items… Tazo Honeybush, Numi Golden Chai, and Tazo Lotus.
I bought this tea and wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting. The name sounded pretty, but I had never heard of Honeybush before. So while I was in the store, I looked up what Honeybush is and learned it is a cousin of rooibos with a sweeter flavor and blossoms that smell like honey. This herbal tisane was right up my alley. I enjoyed it at work in the midst of a rather busy day when I was looking for a dose of tranquility. It brought me into a different space and helped me to find that bit of relaxation I craved. As the box describes, there are fruity undertones. With a tiny bit of stevia in the raw (one packet got me through 3 cups), the tea felt perfectly balanced. I really enjoyed it. I’m happy I chose this tea, even if it was because the name sounded pretty. It added a nice bit of variety to what had become a routine dose of herbal tisanes.
I bought this tea because it contains a lot of the flavors that I have come to love over the last couple years. And given my recent revelation that I do like chai, I couldn’t pass up a variety that I hadn’t tried by Numi. This tea was delicious. Unlike some chai teas that can have a very strong flavor, this one is nice and subtle. The spices are definitely present, but they don’t hit you over the head. And the Asam isn’t too strong. This tea was a nice change of pace from the stronger chais that I’ve been drinking lately. On a side note, the spices were so well-balanced, I didn’t feel like I needed to add a lot of sugar to it in order to enjoy it. A tiny bit of stevia for a hint of sweetness was all I needed. This tea was a nice complement to my breakfast smoothie and very likely a new staple in my tea cabinet.
I have to admit that I only bought this tea, since it came in a box of assorted Tazo teas. That being said I’m so happy that I discovered it. I poured the hot water over the tea bag and immediately was greeted with a wonderful floral aroma. It’s not surprising that I would be attracted to this, I love flowery teas. I’m not sure how they make it decaffeinated, but that is a nice benefit, since I try to keep my caffeine intake low during the day. It still drives up my anxiety and even a lot of deep breathing during the day, sometimes can’t create a good off-setting relaxation response. The green tea isn’t as dominant a flavor as it could be, it’s well-balanced with the lotus flower. I can definitely see myself acquiring a box of this for my tea cabinet. For now, I savored the cup that I drank today and will savor the cup that the second teabag will make.
It has been a wonderful week of tea time and loving exploring these new tea varieties. When was the last time that you had tea time? Have you been stuck in a tea rut and picked up any new varieties that you would to break out of it?