It seems like the only thing I’ve been writing about is pumpkins. I’m going to enjoy these moments because as nauseating as it may be for some, I’m sentimental to it. And I know many others that are too.
It’s November, the holidays are approaching, and it’s good to find the positives in this time. As the weather gets colder, our drinking and eating habits will slowly adapt to those changes. My tea sipping habits will be going through a transformation as well. I made this more dramatic than it needed to be. But I’m having fun here.
This week takes us back to one of my favorite tea companies, The Spice & Tea Exchange.
I was lucky to find myself at the Alexandria location last month and the timing couldn’t have been better.
They had their fall display set-up and loaded with all kinds of fun teas, spices, and other various provisions for the season. When I walked into that I was sold. But I also want to give a formal thank you to Jerome. He was very helpful in showing me around the store and recommending season teas along with sugars to purchase.
There will be at least one follow-up post next week, and maybe the week after depending on how the rest of this month goes. But I want to give credit where credit is due. This was a fantastic experience. Jerome and a couple of the other folks working were so friendly and let me feel like a kid in a candy store.
I had fun brewing it, sniffing it, but I didn’t love it. I don’t know if it was how I brewed it or something in the atmosphere, but something didn’t click.
It smells amazing. And I’m salivating at the thought of it now. This has happened before. The aroma doesn’t always translate to a winning taste. It might be my tastes have changed. I’ve had some good chai’s so that isn’t it. I’ve had some that have let me dismayed too. I’d put this somewhere in between.
I do have one thought. Maybe the ingredients are all-natural that it tastes exactly how it should. There’s no harmful additives or artificial flavors to augment the taste. That part I love. The ingredients are listed above. Like I said, it smells great it just doesn’t compute in my eyes. Maybe it’s too much of a good thing? I’m not sure about less is more. I’ve had teas with a dozen plus ingredients that have been a staple in my life for years.
They all can’t be winners and by no means will this discourage me from purchasing teas and other items from here. This store has been so good to me and my friends. I can’t wait to come back and look forward to doing more positive write ups in the future. And one will likely take place next week.
For your viewing pleasure I’ve photographed the brewing and steeping experience.
Can you see the steam in the last few pictures above? Pretty awesome!
The pumpkin pancakes totally complemented the tea and definitely heightened the flavors of my cup but it wasn’t the best I’ve had. Maybe next time.
And more next week!
Unfortunately these items are sold out online. If there’s a location near you I’d highly recommend grabbing this and the other seasonal teas. Just because I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped doesn’t mean you won’t.