Coming Out of the Tea Closet: My Favorite Tea
by JT Herself
Suffice it to say, I talk about tea A LOT. I mean, for a living. I am co-founder of a tea school (Las Vegas Tea Series), co-founder of the Las Vegas Tea Fest and I own Joy’s Teaspoon. On top of that I do special events with local businesses, church groups and student associations. Inevitably, I get the “What’s your favorite tea?” question in almost every Q&A. This question is akin to asking a mom who her favorite child is. Or better yet, which of the Spice Girls I think rocked the hardest at the Olympic Closing Ceremonies? You can’t pick just one! But if I am truly being honest with myself, there is one particular tea that I just can’t quit…
I first fell in love with tea in a little shop called Todd & Holland Tea Merchants located in Forest Park, IL. I was visiting my sister who had just moved to Chicago and had no idea what loose leaf tea was all about. After a green tea tasting event with Bill Todd, I was hooked. Japanese Cherry was one of four teas that I purchased that day and have coveted ever since. It’s a pretty straight forward tea blend: green tea, sour cherries and flavoring. Every time I drink it I think of that wonderful first eye opening tea experience: the joy of tasting loose leaf tea for the first time, the ritual of steeping the leaves and the acceptable slurping. Now, I love good oolongs, Assams and Ceylon teas. But hot or cold, morning or afternoon, I am never disappointed with a cup of Japanese Cherry.
That said, what’s your favorite? The Association of Tea Bloggers (of whom I am a proud member) is hosting the 1st Annual Tea Blogger’s Choice Awards and I want to nominate YOUR favorites. Give a shout out for your favorite tea, by August 31st, via a comment on this post, Facebook, Twitter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any brand, any blend! Results to be posted once they come out.
And in case you are wondering…this post was inspired by a Blog Carnival sponsored by the Association of Tea Bloggers as well! To view other “Favorite Tea” posts, please visit the following blogs: