Tim Hortons may be my one true love for coffee and donuts, but when it comes to tea, my go-to is David’s Tea. It wasn’t always this way. In fact, my infatuation with the store only began about two years ago, when I finally realized that there’s more to tea than Tetley Orange Pekoe with milk and sugar. It’s taken some experimentation, but I’m pretty happy with my current, albeit rather small, tea collection.
Traditional with a twist: Cream of Earl Grey
A friend introduced me to this tea, and it was one of my first forays into the world of not-Orange-Pekoe-but-I-actually-like-it. It’s essentially Earl Grey, but with vanilla. I’ll drink this either with milk and sugar, as is my standard at home, or black, as was my standard at school. If you’re looking to tiptoe out of your comfort zone, this is a good starter blend.
Unique flavour (and caffeine): Chocolate Chili Chai
Chocolate Chili Chai is slightly spicy, but it’s one of the first I will recommend to friends and family, especially those that aren’t crazy about herbal teas but want to try something new. I remember getting really excited when I first saw that the blend actually contained mini chocolate chips. This is what I’ll make for myself in place of coffee if I’m working on something and need to stay awake. (Or when I’m binge-watching something on Netflix and need to stay awake.)
I’ll also mention here that a similarly-named tea is the Coco Chai Rooibos, which I don’t like very much. It’s a lot spicier and the spice is the focus of the flavour, from what I can tell. To each their own!
Pre-bedtime relaxation: Mother’s Little Helper
So far, this is the only herbal tea I actually like. It’s slightly lemony and slightly minty, but neither flavour is overpowering. Also, it contains Valerian root, which is supposed to put you to sleep. This tea does make me sleepy, but I’m guessing it’s the placebo effect from drinking a hot, relaxing beverage that’s supposed to put you to sleep. So there you go. Come to think of it, I actually haven’t been ill in the 8 months since I purchased this tea, but I imagine it would probably be great to have around for when you do get sick and need to rest.
Calm productivity: Moment of Zen
I’ve just started experimenting with green tea, and I’m pretty happy with this one so far. I like that it’s fairly basic. It also has blackberries, which is nice since I’m not sure I would be as excited about a straight-up green tea quite yet. I’m drinking it right now!
Unfortunately, Moment of Zen was discontinued! (That’s why I got it at 50% off, haha.) So unfortunately I can’t recommend it to you. I’ll let you know when I find a suitable replacement!
I’ll keep collecting tasty-looking teas as I see them, but these selections will probably be my staples for a long while! Or at least until I run out. We’ll see. 😉
What are your favourite teas?