Time just keeps on moving. It’s really starting to feel like fall, with a few days feeling bright and sunny. That sounds like Maryland weather. That sounds like a return engagement to Annapolis. Well it’s actually just part two of what I started last week…
I wish I could write about Spice & Tea Exchange every week. I’ve written about them quite a bit (those stories can be found here), and it never gets old, and their seasonal teas, along with all their teas, continue to amaze, dazzle, inspire, and inspire some more.
This week I change up the infusers and this one seems a little more light hearted, less serious, and will make anyone feel good. The Duck Infuser is one you want to put in your pocket for safe keeping, because it’s just so adorable and so worthy of protection. And it’s adorable resting spot is fit for a king, or a duckie! Yay!
But it also provided one of the most effortless and enjoyable steeping and sipping experiences I can recall. They’re all fun but this one seemed to flow just all the more organically.
First up is the Caramel Apple Tea. This once again first presents itself as a tea loaded with fruits and spice that you might think would take away from what a tea is all about. If you think that, you would be wrong. When I initially smelled this tea I smelled loads of cinnamon and apple, but didn’t take into account this is a black tea from China and India combined.
This was absolutely stunning, visually and on sipping. How pretty is that color? I got more of the black tea then any of all the fall flavors. And that’s just fine with me. It makes sense, since there’s loads of caffeine, which is helping the thoughts and ideas flow a little quicker and with more alertness. And it’s all natural my friends.
This was appropriately served with an apple round danish. More for display but it tasted great too, and fits perfectly with the fall theme.
Next up, is the one that intrigued me the most. But not in a way that outshines the other three limited time teas. It’s just that the Custard Tart Herbal Tea is a melange of fall and those colors that you would hope would match the picture. This is quite yellow. That would be the butternut squash pieces along with maybe a few other things. I dig that there are pecans in it. This is creativity at its finest.
And no my tea did not brew as yellow as a butternut squash soup. It didn’t actually smell as bold as when I first smelled the jar at their Annapolis store. But when you’ve gotten so many scents from not just the teas, but getting a whiff of their sugars, the spices, and seasonings, can cause your mind may go delirious, it may think you’re getting something you’re not. This is not a knock, this is just my observation and experience.
Nevertheless, this was another enjoyable one. There’s a lot going on here, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. persimmon, orange, allspice, among so much more. Everything brings value, even if you or I aren’t able to taste anything and everything at once or after reach respective and upcoming sip. With all this goodness, it would make me sad for anything to get lost in the shuffle.
A coconut custard danish was served for this round.
With that being said, I felt inspired to add a little Pumpkin Pie Sugar I talked about last week, to my cup. And it blended perfectly. Fall and life is all about adding fun stuff to the equation. I wouldn’t ordinarily add anything on top of my tea, but I wanted to experiment, and the Spice & Tea Exchange is so good with ideas and suggestions. This one fell in my lap. And I’m grateful for that.
But what I’m most grateful is my friends helping out with the accessories. Once again thanks so much to my dear friend Rebecca for providing the Annapolis based mug, and my new friend Sara who works at one of the coolest stores in town, Local By Design, for suggesting the Blue Crab Mug. They’re pictured this week as well as featured in the other two seasonal teas I reviewed from last week.
To learn more about Spice & Tea Exchange, here is their story, all their items, and to find a location hopefully near you. Thankfully, you can order everything online, if there isn’t a shoppe near you.
And for more on Local By Design, here is their story, and items available to purchase online. If you get a chance to visit, either if you’re local or on vacation, I think this is well worth a visit. You can get lost easily, as I did, as there’s so many levels and rooms to this place. It’s loaded with substance on the surface and in a spiritual sense. As promised I’ve added more picture for your visual pleasure.
It’s so early in the season. I have some idea of where we go from here, and got lots of time and lots of teas to figure out what’s next. This was so fun, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from the gems of Annapolis.
I sincerely hope you’re enjoying your fall, your day, your week, and everything in general. This is that warm and fuzzy time of year, that might make you feel, well…
Have a blessed one, and take good care.