The Spice & Tea Exchange continues their run of making amazing teas, limited time or not. I mean you’ve got to be kidding me. I mean we throw terms around a lot; calling things incredible, legendary, iconic, that we maybe shouldn’t. Where am I going with this? I don’t know. But I would say at least one of the teas I’m going to discuss fits the mold of awesome.
This almost didn’t happen either. Every tea, every discussion, and just about anything for that matter, can have a a backstory, if you allow there to be one, or if you pay attention. I’m all for things just being or to ‘just be’, but not today, maybe next time.
I always look forward to a new season, which usually means the Spice & Tea Exchange is going present to us their Limited Time Offer Teas. And is just out of this world, and out of this stratosphere, literally.
I know I don’t get to the point right away. And that happens a lot. But as I say that, I will attempt to shortly. A serendipitous return to their Annapolis location, meant good times, good vibrations, and hopefully a discovery of their seasonal teas.
And I got ’em down to the wire.
I was told that they were down to what was left on display, and they had only had them for a short while. Maybe I lost track of time, not realizing that they’re already in preparation for their summer teas. I know Summer sounds great. Everything about it is great.
But first things first. And yet I completely understand…
The Aurora Blue Herbal Tea is one of the cosmos. Yes I said that on purpose. After seeing it, smelling it, and staring in awe, I wanted to love this that much more. And this is way before prepping, steeping, and infusing. I wanted magic, and I got magic.
And with this new Stainless Steel Tea Mug Infuser I purchased, everything fell into place, just like it was always going to.
The ingredients are presented to you up above, and here, so I don’t need to elaborate too much. However, what can be said about this color? Even when I originally got a smell of it at the store, I sensed something incredible was going to come of this.
That’s what I’m talking about.
The fact that there’s a tea that can mimic the colors of the Aurora Borealis, is stunning on so many levels. It’s hard to comprehend and fathom, but then it doesn’t see, crazy. We’ve seen amazing teas, amazing things in general, amazing anything that we throw out that word ‘amazing’, that it loses it’s value and shine. But this is magic, and yes it’s amazing.
The transformation while infusing in the tea mug is magical.
The love is blue, and the love is golden. Holy moly seriously, who came up with this? Am I overrating this? I don’t think that can be applied here. This is five stars and then some. Who knew butterfly pea flowers would be the reason for all this. I would be lying to you if I told you I knew what those were before last week, but be that as it may, I’m not giving this tea enough credit.
My words won’t be enough. The citrus and ginger are understated yet there that it makes this blue concoction that is one to worship, that will resonate, and will make you coming back for more. Hurry before its gone. I should’ve bought more than I did.
So how does the Lemon Drop Mate Tea follow up? It’s almost not fair, as it’s put in the come down position. I went by what I saw first, purchased first, and in a nerdy sense, alphabetical order. So fun and funny I know.
When I got my first scent, it was candy, more akin to a lemon Jolly Rancher, so that was exciting. My next sentiments were this would be just as good cold, as hot. And I was right. And while it’s not quite on the level of the Aurora, this has its own charm, its own identity, and a beautiful yellow tint that will leave its own lasting impression on you, if you let it.
If the Aurora is five stars or ten out of ten, the Lemon Drop is no worse than a 9 or a 9.5. The combination of green tea, Matcha, and Yerba mate (which all make me happy) with a understated amount of lemon, is a a dream sequence. My own worry was the lemon I smelled before steeping, would be too much in taste, but it was the complete opposite. Everything became absorbed and one with my cup, and with myself.
What else needs to be said?
These are both fantastic teas, and I’m so grateful that I got the chance, at almost the eleventh hour, to try them.
More is coming. It’s always coming. But for now…
I wish you a Happy Holiday weekend, and peace be with you.