I was NOT a tea drinker before this trip.
I grew up with instant sweet tea. It was something my mom put in my baby bottle (no judging here… It was the 70s). So when I was old enough to choose, I decided I wouldn't drink it. When I moved to Georgia, I also discovered I did not like their Southern version of sweet tea, either. Occasionally, I would try a hot tea, but that was still not as good as the sugary sweet lattes I had grown fond of from Starbucks.
Fast forward to our trip to England. We had a day to spend in London on our way home from Manchester, so we did a bit of touring that included a hop-on hop-off bus tour. We hopped OFF for a late lunch at a cool pub we found. Just down the street was this cozy tea shop called Whittard.
They had several samples brewing and we ended up trying them all. This resulted in me coming home with quite a few items.
I have to admit I never before brewed my tea. So I grabbed several of the instant versions, to include the Mulled Wine tea I reviewed last week, and an amazing Hot Chocolate.
I also bought a steeping cup (pictured below in blue), along with an amazing Mango & Bergamont Green Tea.
This Mango & Bergamont tea was delicious. I quickly realized that I could make this as sweet, strong, weak, tangy as I wanted with just a few add-ins. I quickly used everything I had purchased and wished I had bought more. Then I went hunting on Whittard's on-line site. Wowza! This was worse than being at the store.
I ended up buying this super cool steeping pot (orange pot shown) for larger batches and got an amazing deal on this clear glass steeping pot. I also found this Coconut Truffle flavor and Orange Gingerbread flavor. Both are amazing.
For this holiday season, my favorite is the Orange Gingerbread, with a squirt of honey. This tea has a light orange flavor but is a bit heavier on the gingerbread. Which is great because I LOVE gingerbread. There is also a mix of other spices: cinnamon, cloves. It makes the perfect blend of flavors and absolutely perfect for this time of year.
Of course, I'm almost out. So I will more than likely be on-line hunting up some new flavors and maybe some new pots to try.