19 September, 2011

Tea Time & a Giveaway!

To be honest, I have never really been a big fan of tea. Then again, I did not grow up drinking it - quite the opposite, in fact. I grew up shunning coffee and tea altogether. A shame, I know.

When I had my first cup of tea, I was not impressed. It tasted like herbs in water... essentially, that's all it is, but saying it like that takes all the fun out of it. To me, tea was herbal water and it was no fun.

A friend of mine, Tracy, is a massage therapist. One day, she invited me over for an hour-long massage after I seriously tweaked my back doing some mundane thing. I arrived early and she was just putting her kids down for a nap so she made me a cup of tea while I waited. Knowing my distaste for tea, she just said, "trust me, this is one you'll like."

It smelled spicy. Cinnamon and other goodness wafted at me from my mug. Skeptical, I sipped the tea once the water had cooled slightly... this was the moment when herbal water became tea for me. Finally, I understood why people liked it so much. It all made sense. This tea was sweet enough naturally that no sugar needs to be added, yet the spices rush around your tongue and literally makes it feel like it sparkles.
Since then, I have been questing for other delicious teas to mystify my mouth.

This selection of teas (the two black and the red) are from Sweden. The green is just green tea that I picked up in a local shop. These, and of course, my precious sweet and spicy tea, are teas that I've found which require little to no sugar and delight the senses. I wish I could tell you more about them, but I can't, because they were a gift and came in plastic bags with no labels. Fortunately, my mother in-law knows where she purchased them so we can get more :)

Now, coming from a world of teabags, loose leaf tea is a whole new world. There are so many options and combinations. Different types of tea strainers and steeping mugs. It's fun to see just what's out there. My current favourite for tea with larger leaves (like the green tea, above and possibly the snowflake tea), is this cute owl tea strainer.

I spaced out and put the red tea (above) in him, and as you can see, there are tea bits floating around, but I don't mind. It makes it more exciting.
I just love his cute little face staring up at me from my teacup.

I would like to offer you, my lovely readers, something very special! A cute little owl tea strainer of your very own!

This one is brand new, unused and stainless steel. He comes with his own little tray to set him on when your tea is finished steeping, as well!
Additionally, though it is not loose leaf tea, I would like to include in this giveaway, two packets of my beloved sweet and spicy tea. I brought several boxes here from the states knowing I couldn't get my hands on it again any time soon, and these are some of the last from my stash! I hope you like them as much as me!

This giveaway is open until Sunday, the 26th. I'll pick a winner at random and announce on Monday the 27th!  This giveaway is now closed.

You have two ways to enter!
1.) Comment on this post and tell me your favorite tea (or favorite warm/cold drink).
2.) Like my facebook page, then come back here and leave another comment telling me you did so! If you're already a liker, just leave your second comment telling me thusly :)

Good luck!


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