I love Spring. We’re so close to the official day, which will be less than one week from when this thing gets posted.
There’s plenty of things I love. One thing I know for sure has been my love affair with The Spice and Tea Exchange (for past posts click here), and with every new shoppe of there’s I visit, there’s another reminder of why I enjoy visiting their stores and sampling their incredible array of teas.
As I just stated, I love checking off the list of locations I’ve been to. At my count I’ve been to their Annapolis, MD; Alexandria, VA; and New Orleans, LA locations. For only visiting three I feel like I’ve built a genuine connection with these wonderful company, and it all felt so effortless.
Williamsburg, VA should be on that list but I don’t think I can count that (more on that maybe down the line, as I don’t recall if I actually visited their store) and another friend was thoughtful enough to bring me a tea from their Forth Worth, TX store. Good to know my friends know me so well. And I think that’s what this tea experience is all about, enjoying tea and enjoying the company you have that tea with.
Now this is not going to turn into a national tour of visiting all their stores, even though that would be so wonderful, this is more about two fabulous and similar, yet so different experiences this past weekend in Rehoboth Beach, DE and Ocean City, MD. Yes, two more off the list. And yes, I went to the beach a little early this year. But it’s never too early or too late for tea.
I think I shall break this down into two parts.
My first ever visit to Rehoboth was a couple of days ago and was one of those experiences that continues the tradition of why I love this place so much. And what a cozy and charming area Rehoboth Beach in general is. It has a great small town feeling.
Yanna, who was working at the time was enthusiastic to help and answer any questions. Whenever I visit, my main intent is to check out their seasonal teas, because they come and go in rapid-fire fashion. They’re turnover with the new season of teas is sometimes less than a month.
With that, before time runs out, I am proud to bring you the first of two Spring teas, their Wild Berry Spring Tea.
I got to experience many free smells of their teas, but this was my first. And it really got me excited for Spring. The aromas of berries, vanilla, mint, and tulsi make for a lighthearted yet at the same time powerful bouquet of flavors that I could not wait to try.
The anticipation and build-up was worth it.
At the Ocean City Store that same day I bought a beautiful, new infuser mug that fits the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. You know because of well, yeah.
I want to thank Tiffany at the OC location for also being so kind and so helpful in my search for new tea gadgets. There will be more on this next week.
I’ve really set high expectations with this tea, and I still had a near three hour drive home before I got a chance to brew it.
I have good and breaking news. This tea tastes just as good as it smells. And just as good as advertised, if not more.
It once again has a powerful initial taste, which might be the cream. But it’s light and for a Spring tea that’s what you want. As the weather improves and the temperatures rises, we might be looking for more of those light bodied and lighter flavored teas that will be gentle on the stomach and in turn we’ll feel grateful and spiritually rejuvenated to have such a wonderful and majestic tea.
I put the suggested amount and that really made the difference. I think adding too much may undermine the intent of what this tea is all about. A few good minutes of steeping paid enormous dividends in the end.
The pictures of the tea leaves before and after are a thing of beauty. How they expand after boiling, steeping, and infusing in water is absolute art. Not all leaves, and for all intents and purposes, flowers bloom in this fashion. What a treat and a what a blessing this was to witness.
The green mug did not fully to the color of the this tea justice that I enlisted a new friend to help me show you how it looks in a clearer cup. There it is!
Beautiful right? And my new holiday themed buddy enjoyed its (his?) (her?) tiny cup. I almost think my friend savored theirs just a little bit more than I did. This was an easy one to drink. And if you’re at a nearby store, I would strongly suggest getting this tea while supplies last. I’ve been told these teas will be around for 3-4 weeks.
You can have nothing or everything with this tea. These holiday themed sugar cookies were more for decoration than anything else. I did have a little myself but a healthy tea likes this deserves a great complementary snack to go with it. And that can be anything ou want. In that sense the cookies worked perfectly.
I didn’t give all the details of both visits. I’ll save that for next week. But I have posted some pictures from the Rehoboth store throughout this post for your viewing enjoyment. This is one where another post is more than necessary.
And any chance to write about Spice & Tea is good enough for me. And hopefully some of you will get some enjoyment and seek out their teas, and maybe their which are also available for purchase online.
This tea was fantastic, and with that I am so looking forward to trying the Peach Tumeric tea. If the weather permits I will present it hot and cold. I’m confident in that and confident the weather will cooperate on all levels. It is Spring after all.
And Spring mean a new year, new hopes, new opportunities, and new teas to try and share with the people we love, or in solitude.
As the days grow longer and the sun looks stronger, I now the tea experience will continue to get better. And man I’m excited to get to part two next week.
See ya then and Happy Spring Forward, St. Patrick’s Day, and Happy Spring itself!
The best is here and the best is coming,