Happy Valentine’s Day. This is a day with a mixture of emotions for people. It shouldn’t be, but our manufactured societal pressures have placed more emphasis on this day than there really should be. It’s one of those holidays that time doesn’t stop for. The majority of us still go to the workplace and to the classroom like it were any other day. And if we treat this like any other day, than it will be over before you know it. Actually it’ll be over no matter what. That’s how days and times work.
Nevertheless, after the previous weeks post, I wanted to see if I had a little more holiday spirit in me.
Well it’s a different holiday than what I’m used to but I should appreciate the fact that my regular scheduled blog falls on this most polarizing of holidays. I might as well make the most of it. And chances are, I may not get this opportunity again.
And if you or I focus on love, in not just the romantic sense, but love of all, then it makes this and just about any other day that much better. And you don’t need a specific day to show that love and embrace for what makes you feel good.
Do you know what makes me feel good? Well it’s not only tea, but it’s the love of all things natural. I love animals, I love nature, I love plants, flowers, trees being out doors, and most of all our universe. This encompasses so many things, if not everything. I’m grateful to present to you two more teas from a one of my favorite go-to’s Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company. And even more specifically, Eastern Shore Tea Company.
The truly one thing about tea shopping is there will always be teas to fit a certain season, mood, place of healing, and love.
For the love of tea I went with two of the most apropos tea for the occasion. But as you will see, with this tea, just like so many others, these are meant to be sipped all year round, not just in Mid-February.
First is the Chocolate Strawberry. It’s simple, Black Tea with those two flavors added. What I noticed right away is how quick the effectiveness of the steeping came through. The color transformed into a chocolate brown cup at a higher pace than what I’m expected or what I’m accustomed too. I would take that as a testament to the quality of the bags. Either that or I’m losing my marbles. Well the latter is happening anyways, but it was entertaining to see regardless.
At first I was hoping for more flavor than what I expected. But I’m drinking this with the understanding that this is a dessert wine. And if was too heavy on the chocolate and strawberry, would the whole tea be undermined? Absolutely. I’ve had teas rich in flavors t that could have benefited from a dialing back. And then there’s others that weren’t flavorful enough, that could have used just a little more. I’m leaning towards this wishing this just had a hint more.
It was good but still I feel like that pop was missing. But look what you see here. Yes I really got goofy here and purchased specialty dipped chocolate strawberries. This was strictly for show but figured one wouldn’t hurt.
What I also figured is the tea and the chocolate strawberries flavors’ would bounce off one another, as well as intensify the other. That’s exactly what happened. One particular bite from the strawberry and a sip took this experience somewhere I didn’t imagine. For that alone I would try this tea again. But I wouldn’t rank it close to any of my favorites.
Next up is the Cupid’s Arrow, after someone we may know.
This surprised the heck out of me, and in a good way. I didn’t think it was going to be anything out-of-this-world to be quite honest. The back tea with flavors of cherry, vanilla, and almond have all the recipes of turning into something legendary or a complete bust. This falls on the former. I wonder if its my slight trepidation of embracing this ‘holiday’. That’s possible, but good tea is good tea. And this wasn’t it. This was actually phenomenal.
I made myself a second and third helping of this one. You can taste these flavors a bit more distinctly without aid from from a sweet treat or other type of food.
As you might be able to tell the color is not as strong or as overpowering as the previous selection. It’s not like any of that matters. It’s just an observation. But this was something fun. Maybe because those flavors feel more like winter and more like a year round tea than the aforementioned Chocolate Strawberry.
However, as I said earlier most teas can be had year round. There’s no rules to this. It’s tea, it’s supposed to be fun. Tea Is Fun is not the just the name of a blog but it’s how it’s supposed to be.
Most suppliers give around 20 bags per container for a reason. We will try them again and again with what makes us feel good and feel inspired. The Cupid’s Arrow is an inspiring one. I felt so good after sipping this one in particular. I felt healed. And maybe that’s all in my head but this tea had little more power than it really had any right to be. Maybe it did. Who am I to judge? The cupcakes had nothing to do with any taste enhancing, like it did earlier, by the way. But they look cool don’t they?
And who are we to judge how one celebrates a certain day. I spent more money on myself and this blog than I’ve had in years to commemorate Valentine’s Day. But it was gift to me, to my audience, and to the universe. It was my way of celebrating what I love; nature, animals, and of course tea.
These gifts I bought can be used more than once. These two new teas will last be a while, as well as my new drinking mugs, as well as those orchids. Which are already outside and have been watered.
The sweets won’t last, but not because of me. Someone else can have those. But I’m going to hold on to the tea. And maybe even those new animal friends.
And those are just some of the things I love. And I’m glad I can present tea in a spiritual way that combines many other things that make me feel love. And this is not just one day a year, not a weekly post either, but as much as humanly possible. And that’s the same love I will feel on this day, the next one, and so many more.
Like I said last week, if you’re looking for a different kind of gift for a loved one, I think tea is a fantastic alternative. And at only $5.00 per bags, it’s a fantastic deal. And they’re ribbon bags too! Beautiful.
Here’s my written history of the Eastern Shore Tea Company.
More love of tea and all else that is possible, next time.