I am a rabid tea drinker. I haven’t always been though. I stopped drinking coffee when we weren’t having much success conceiving Alby. I stayed away from caffeine throughout my pregnancy, and then once the little guy was earthside, I still couldn’t drink it because he had a cows milk protein intolerance. Just when you need caffeine the most! My go-to hot drink, chai latte, was also off the menu because he also couldn’t tolerate soy milk, and I’m not a fan of hot almond milk. Turns out avoiding caffeine is essential if you have PTSD too, so the writing was not only on the wall, it was being bellowed from a loud hailer too! I got the message.
That left me with tea.
I am the best person in the world to make a cup of tea for. I like it black, with no sugar. I don’t care how long it’s been steeped for, as long as the water was hot when it went in. And I’ll drink it cold (that’s what 2 3/4 years of parenting has taught me…).
That probably makes me a really unreliable tea reviewer – no discernment whatsoever!
Anyway, my beautiful friend Renee gave me some loose leaf Love Tea from The Silva Spoon, and trust me, this isn’t a tea you drink while you rush around making lunches and convincing a very independent two year old to get dressed. From the moment you open the packet, and the scent of chocolate and cherries hypnotises your nose, you are lusting after that first taste, so savour it.
This is the kind of tea you drink when you have half an hour to yourself. And a magazine. And the second cup? Just as gorgeous.
I’ve had this tea iced, and as a latte, and it is all just delicious.