This is where we get to my favorite time of year when talking about teas. With the iced teas somewhat behind us, it’s time to focus on fall and all the adorable flavors, aromas, spices, and the other glorious entities that come with the change of the seasons.
I’ve stated countless times my love for Annapolis, and it’s not something I will grow tired of. Walking around Main Street makes me so happy. It’s been like this since I was a kid, and as I’ve gotten older, I still feel like one at times It has that colonial, European, and authentic feel that is slipping away in many other parts of the area. But thankfully the heart and character remains. And I hope that integrity remains forever, or close to it. Whichever comes first!
I always look forward to the changing of the seasons, because they always have a few limited time teas that embody all that’s good about the time of year and where we are.
I’m going to split this into two parts. If I really wanted to milk this, I would cut it into fourths, but that would be serious overkill, and before you now it, it’s…. Nah Not yet.
There’s no sequential order or preferential treatment being given to one tea over the other. But the two I’m going with this week, will be the more conventional teas (on paper). Heck they’re all unique, and if this week is any indication, they’re all going to be tremendous.
But I will get to all the teas and the infusers, this week and next. I promise it’ll be worth it!
First up is the Spice Orchard Oolong. All the ingredients are shown above. What really stands out for me is how understated this tea is. I’m willing to bet this will be one of the more simple fall-like teas I’ll sip this season. And with all the creative flavors out there, this will be ironically refreshing in hindsight.
But in foresight it’s fantastic. Yes I had a feeling this and all these teas would be glorious. Yes there’s a bias but there’s so much more to Spice & Tea Exchange than the tea itself. It’s become a part of me and something I look forward to when the seasons change.
Plus, I just adore Oolong tea. With the flavors of cinnamon, pear, and ginger, along with apple pieces, this is a charming segue of the change of seasons. Those apple pieces are charming in itself. Yes I had a dry piece of two and got a guilty pleasure out of it No need to feel guilty. It’s beautiful. This tea is beautiful.
And it was brewed beautifully too. In my love of affair with this place, I can’t help but get more infusers. The Tuffy Steeper expands and contracts to your liking and brewing purposes. I wonder if it had any bearing on how great this tea tasted. Every element of the universe helps.
So what about this endearing blue crab mug? I want to thank Sara from Local By Design for suggesting something so wonderful. It may not fit in with the season, but it fits with the Annapolis theme. Both stores are footsteps of each other on Main Street.
Local By Design is just its own universe of a store. I can’t describe it. I mean I can but I wouldn’t do it justice. I added some photos this week, and more will come next week. A little teaser now… Seriously, this place makes me so happy.
I also want to thank my dear friend Rebecca who provided this magnificent Annapolis themed mug and this adorable spoon, also from Local By Design, to add some pizzazz to this next tea.
Well here we are. I’m embracing all the pumpkin stuff. I swear it start earlier every year. Before you know it, pumpkin season will start as soon as pumpkin season ends. And with all that’s going on, I’m happy with that right now.
The Pumpkin Chai Latte is not as overpowering as I thought it would be. When you think chai latte, you might thing too much flavor. No. This had just enough. And having a tea with cinnamon back-to-back seemed like the only way to go. It’s glorious, gorgeous, and full of pumpkin fun. This simple black tea with all its additions is a winner from now until this tea goes out of circulation. Yes these are limited time offer teas.
I thought I tasted a little whip cream too.
When I saw four teas were being sold, I knew that buying three would mean I get a free sugar. And in serendipitous fashion I grabbed the Pumpkin Pie Sugar. To add a little kick, I added some to this tea, and what a difference it made. It’s a concoction of pumpkin on pumpkin that once again might not be put into words. I loved it and I’m pretty sure you will too. And surprise, suprise it has cinnamon as well. Add in some nutmeg and ginger and welcome to Autumn.
I’m embracing it and I can’t wait to see where next week takes us.
I want to give a huge thank you to Jessica at Spice & Tea Exchange for being so courteous during my most recent visit.
The cookies that you see are just another way of celebrating the change of seasons. Happy Fall Everyone!
And for more on Local By Design, here is their story, and items available to purchase online. But if you’re local to the area, I highly suggest a visit. It’s one I’ll always remember and look forward to visiting again.
It’s early October and we’re just getting started. I got two more teas and more local stuff to embrace and celebrate.
I look forward to it.
Peace Be With You.