We are days from Memorial Day and the holiday weekend here in the US of A. How did we get here so quickly? Well that’s life. We’re busy and encompassed with so many things that while we may wish for holidays, we’re also so occupied with life and activities and everything else that days and events just creep up on you.
Here we go. It’s the end of May and it’s time to celebrate. It’s always time to celebrate. The party continues. And of course that means the tea drinking party continues.
What better way to get this week and upcoming weekend going than a fateful stop to one of the great towns in Maryland and all of the United States, Annapolis, MD.
So I’m so fortunate to have ended up in Annapolis this week. I always believe that nothing is by chance, and just as I was all set to have something else written up for this week, I find myself (or they found me) at their beautiful location on Main Street, which is centrally located to everything exciting in downtown Naptown.
I want to thank Gaby, the manager, for helping me find the correct teas for the season, the time of year, and for the story I’m telling.
I will never try all their teas. It just won’t happen. Actually who knows, but their collection is so colossal that it’s just meant to be that there will always be a journey with this group, and not a conclusion. I love that so much.
What makes them so sun is they always break out a few season and limited edition items at various times throughout the year. Some I’ve presented to you over the past couple of years.
I think I’m going to like this even more as the weather heats up. As of the day I brewed this, the skies were grey, the weather was lukewarm, and it wasn’t conducive to fully appreciating all that this tea has to offer.
Everyone’s palates and taste buds are different but I didn’t get all the peach and mango I was hoping for. But after analyzing and preparing this tea hot and cold (yes both!), I understand. It’s a black tea first and foremost, and I genuinely love that fact. Black tea is what made me first get into tea before anything else. This reminds me of teas I had growing up, sharing with my dad, members of my family, and now often with dear friends.
I fully think this is going to taste even better when shared with friends, shared with good times, shared with appropriate snacks (which isn’t necessary), and I fully think shared with sunny skies and glorious conditions.
Mine was sipped in solitude under murky skies and not the most ideal of spring or summer weather.
Mr. Tea is more than ready for the Summer, so he (I think?) might be making another appearance or two in the coming months if it feels right. Which I know it will.
The ManaTEA is the perfect complement to any tea and infusing party, that I’m so grateful he decided to join us for this pre Memorial Day celebration.
I want to add I used filtered water for both cups/glasses, and used plenty of ice for the iced tea. Well yeah that would make sense.
Once again, I think under better days from the universe this is going to be incredible. It was really good here but the atmosphere and the sky was not my friend on this day. Actually I shouldn’t say that. This was how it was supposed to be. It creates a different perspective for now and once the skies are perpetually picturesque, it’s going to make drinking this tea again all the more satisfying.
So what I did was add a little dash of Rose Sugar. I don’t see it listed in their iconic list of sugars on the website, so maybe it’s exclusive to in store. Yes, for purchasing three tea packets you get a free bag of sugar. I saw the Rose and didn’t look anywhere else. Actually I did but the Rose stood out. Just the color of the Rose petals and sugar looks like the most beautiful sand on the beach.
I love that this happened. None of this was planned but it seemed pre-destined or pre-ordained.
A little bit, and then a little more was added and it did add something to the tea. I think the teas are perfect on their own but this was the perfect sweet kick to put this tea on another level of joy and inspiration.
Speaking of inspiration, this company has been so great to me. I’m a huge supporter of them and they have been supporters of this blog. All I can hope is that I’m giving these teas their proper due. Next week will continue with the Tiki Punch Herbal Tea. Yes you read that right. It smells amazing, I can only imagine what else it has to offer.
I wish you all a Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Be safe, have fun, drink lots of tea, and then drink some more, tea that is.