“Hi. My name is Stephanie, and I am tea obsessed.” Just had to get that weight off my chest before I continued…
I have come to the decision that I MUST do tea reviews. 100% Disclosure: I am by no means a tea expert. I do not have any special training or knowledge on this field. I am just one of many people with a tea addiction, and that’s how I will approach all my reviews.
While I am the first to admit that there is nothing quite like loose-leaf tea (yes, after a while you can actually start to taste the paper in grocery store tea bags), sometimes you just are not always able to enjoy a nice cuppa. For YEARS now, I am tried to research store bought tea bags to determine which were tasteful, flavorful/less etc., and I’ve basically turned up with nothing… Amazingly, people don’t set out to review these things – it’s time to change that!
Let me share: At any given moment, I own at least 30+ boxed teas & at least that in loose leaf. My goal is to review everything I currently have, back-fill whenever possible, and continue to explore the plethora of tea varieties that exist out there.
Some items to note:
Tea Types (if you’re new to tea)
- White – Mild, subtle, delicate
- Green – Smooth, fresh, delicate
- Black – Bold, hearty, slightly bitter
- Mate – Bold, slightly bitter, grassy
- Oolong – Delicate, earthy, sweet
- Pu’erh – Earthy, rich, intense
- Rooibos – Sweet, nutty (decaffeinated)
- Herbal – Flavors vary (decaffeinated)
Places Where I Purchase Tea
- DAVIDsTea (Currently #1 obsession and true love)
- Grocery Store (I’ve just noticed this infiltration into the market)
- Trader Joes (Seasonally)
- Local Grocery Stores
- TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods
- Whole Foods
- Trader Joes
- And basically any other place that sells tea…
Brands I’ve Tested
- Trader Joes
- Celestial Seasonings
- Good Earth
- Higher Living
- Harney & Son’s
*Please note: These are not all the brands I have ever tried. This list will continue to grow as I backfill & try new things!