Well. No longer. I’ve become a tea addict, so I thought I’d mention a few of the different kinds of teas, and recommend some of my favs, in hopes you all will recommend your favorites.
White Tea has very little caffeine and are the least processed of the teas. I haven’t tried any white teas (though I do like the low caffeine part). What’s your favorite?
Green Teas have antioxidants and are high in caffeine (though still lower than coffee). They are supposed to sooth the stomach and the digestive system and help regulate blood sugar. I haven’t ventured into the green tea arena yet either, only because I don’t like a lot of caffeine. But I’m sure you all can recommend some great green teas to try.
Black Teas are my favorite. They have a robust flavor, less caffeine than green tea, lowers cholesterol, stimulates the heart and circulatory system, and they taste great with cream/milk and sugar. I’m a cream and sugar girl, myself. I need that added creaminess and a touch of sweetness (Truvia). I like most chai-flavored black teas and anything with spice. Since Teavana is my favorite haunt I’ll list some of the black teas I like there: Skinny Chai Pu-erh (how can you NOT buy something with skinny in the name?) and Taj Masala Chai. I also picked up a great vanilla/cinnamon blend at Trader Joes over the holidays, but unfortunately it was only a holiday thing. These teas rock with a little Half & Half and a dash of Truvia. Mmm… (I also covet that cast iron tea spot in the picture, but have you ever priced a cast iron teapot? Oh dear!)
Herbal Teas are my newest foray. I never thought I’d go beyond the black teas, but recently have been adventuring in the fruity herbal stuff. Warning: you can’t mix cream in herbal teas because the fruit acids will curdle your cream. It took me a while to learn this, and for a few weeks in our household you may have suddenly heard me cry out “That just curdles my cream!”. Teavana has a blueberry/pineapple mix that is delish. Brew it about 10 – 15 for maximum flavor, add a hint of sweetness, and you’re good to go. Herbal teas are also awesome chilled. I picked up a black cherry and a peach tea in the grocery store and I love them as long as they are brewed longer than ten minutes. (I need flavor!) But my ab-fab herbal tea is the Azteca Fire Herbal tea from Teavana. It’s chocolate and strawberry with hints of chili. With cream and sugar, this tastes like hot chocolate, people! I lurve this stuff.
Those are just a few. I skipped Roibos, Oolong and Mate, but I’d love to hear about all of them. And does anyone drink the tea blossoms that open up in the tea pot while brewing? Share with me! I’d like to discover some new teas to add to my list.