I’m sad Christmas is officially over. From my perspective it felt like it went at a steady and solid pace. With all the parties with family and friends, the food, the shopping, errands, and everything in between, it felt just right. For me it felt like time stood still at times. And I’m all for that. Time is always relative and for the most part it’s been moving at such a rapid pace, we often forget where the time goes.
I envision that for at least the next few weeks the tea discussion will pertain to the holidays, and at the very least winter. But for now I feel I can safely talk about the Christmas Tea from one of my new favorite tea shops, Old Town Coffee, Tea, and Spice.
Yes indeed my travels bring me back to the town where I was born, Alexandria, VA. And usually I get the opportunity to be here during the holidays, and even though this was post-Christmas, I feel that the universe had a different plan for me.
Some months ago a good friend of mine had wanted to bring me to this shoppe, which was at another location, only to see that it was closed. The timeline could not have been more bizarre. I came to find out that it was literally within their transition to their new shoppe. And the new location is literally footsteps from the old location. How these things work out is something else. I was not meant to experience this store until now. Call it one of those Christmas Miracles or whatever, but I will always remember this holiday season for many things, but my time here (albeit brief) is one I will always treasure.
Even if other folks don’t find the sentimentality with this place, I can.
What I mean is, the place was busy. Customers wanted their cups of tea and coffee in a hurry. Maybe they’re regulars or just people shopping nearby looking for a quick pick me up. If I wanted a coffee at a coffee shop I may be inclined to temper my excitement as well. But the teas and all the tea gifts, gadgets, and gizmos in stock made me feel like a kid in a tea shoppe. Did you expect me to say candy? I’ve had more than my share this Christmas.
You can’t help but be in awe of all the loose teas in house. I mean we’re talking hundreds. I wanted a holiday or Christmas themed tea, and just when I thought I was going to give up, I see near the top their Holiday Tea. Unfortunately it was sold out. However, the gentleman working the counter, countered (see what I did there?) with an idea of mixing chocolate, peppermint, and raspberry teas, and calling it a holiday a tea. That’s quick thinking and a man who is a master at his craft. He said he can call it anything he wanted. I’m wowed by everything this happening right now. He thought I wanted a bag. For now, I was going to just get a cup.
And just when I was going to get this blend, I see the Christmas Tea Blend, and of course I went with that.
How he brewed this tea I will never know. It felt like a millisecond between opening the tea and heating that I never saw how he brewed this cup. And I wish I got a picture of this, but he held the tea back with a toothpick. He said the steeping time needed to be two minutes max or the hibiscus would become muddled. This was all such a fascinating experience.
I didn’t get a chance to ask what was in it but I suspect orange peel and cinnamon upon viewing and sniffing. And with a sweet treat it only came out to a couple dollars and change. I was just amazed by what I just witnessed that I almost didn’t want to share this. It’s a constant reminder that my love of a tea is also a forever learning process.
It also made gave me a little closure on Christmas. When one door closes, another one opens. And I’ve opened quite the door. This was my first, but nowhere close to the last time I visit this tea shoppe.
If you’re in the area, and have never been here, I strongly suggest you visit. It’s got this cozy and unpretentious vibe that reminds me why I love Old Town Alexandria so much.
And I don’t know how long their Christmas Tea blend will be available, but as you can see they had more than enough to go around.
There’s photos from the shoppe all across this post. In addition, I’ll leave you with some photos of the surrounding area and some of the fun Christmas decor this city bestowed upon its citizens.
I love this town. I love this shoppe. And I love Christmas.
Hopefully your Christmas was awesome as well!
P.S. I loved this tea.
Merry and Happy to you!