For as much as I enjoy a good latte or caramel macciato from Starbucks, I drink way more tea, especially at home. I tend to drink coffee when I am on the road/at work, while I have a whole ritual dedicated to tea, which I associate with relaxing. I have an abundance of tea varieties and I enjoy trying new flavors.
Suzie created a Knitters Tea Swap, which is currently on version 2. I signed up this time after reading all of the blogs out there who enjoyed round one. Knitting and tea naturally go together for me. What a great swap! I received my pal this weekend and have begun to start purchasing some treats for her package. As part of the swap, participants were asked to "flash their stash" of tea on the blog. I finally took a few pictures, but I didn't want to embarass myself by actually taking apart my tea shelves (yes, that is plural) so I just took a shot of the teas that are showing. I have been hooked on Adagio loose teas for the past two years. Once I learned how to properly brew a pot of loose leaf tea, there was no turning back. My husband, who thinks I am a bit snooty with my tea choices, prefers plain old Lipton or Teatly. He is an iced tea addict, and I have slowly introduced him to the joy of iced Adagio teas. I have been using more and more decaf and caffeine free blends lately, especially decaf green teas. For herbal blends, I really enjoy Celestial Seasons, particularly their peppermint tisane and a holiday blend called Candy Cane, which is a slightly sweet vanilla-peppermint tisane. Yum!
Also, as part of the swap, we were asked to post a photo of a favorite tea cup. I have a set of two tea cups with plates that are my absolute favorites. They have lillies of the valley on them and were a gift from my mom. I do not use them often enough, but they have a nice spot in my china cabinet. I also have a glass tea cup from Adagio that I use alot with tea. It works very well with the ingenuitea pot. I also have two oversized mugs--one from my tea loving friend Dee from the zoo and another one that is just plain. They are great in the winter for a really big cup of tea when I'm freezing!