I am not a coffee drinker. However, tea is my passion. I enjoy trying new teas, and find the whole tea experience very soothing. Of all the teas I have tried, below are some of my favorites.
Rooibos (Red Tea) - Rooibos has been my favorite tea since I discovered it about two years ago. I'm not really a fan of herbal teas. Other than an occasional Chammomile with cloves added to it, rooibos is the only herbal tea I drink. It has a sligthly 'grassy' flavor, and the best caffeine free substitute for black tea I have found. I love to drink it with milk. Rooibos is high in anti oxidants, low in the tannins found in regular tea (even green), and may help with digestion. I have yet to meet a rooibos tea that I didn't like, but I especialy like the selection of rooibos teas from Adagio Teas (check out the almond and vanilla ones - which are great when mixed together). And if you're in Canada (or an online shopper) check out the Rooibos de Provence from Davd's Tea, which combines rooibos, rosehip, black currants, rose leaves, lavender, raisins, red currants, rose petals and dried blueberries. Rooibos de Provence makes a perfumey tea that tastes like a blend of earthy forest berries.
When making tea...
I love to boil my water in the Bodum Ibis cordless electric tea kettle. It was a little more expensive than the other tea kettles, it brings my water to a boil in a flash, comes in a variety of colors, and has lasted me a long time. I also picked up a 'Perfect Cup of Tea Spoon' at David's tea, which is perfect for measuring just enough tea for one cup. You will find me drinking my tea from either the glass Jumbo Tea Cup or glass Mug from Adagio Teas. I love that these cups both have a fine stainless steel strainer that fits right into the cup, so I can just dump my looseleaf tea in and not worry about bits of tea in my teeth. I also like the little glass lids that keep my tea warm while it's steeping. If you plan on getting the mug, be aware that you can get it as part of a tea sampler gift (check under the 'gifts' tab).
And please note...
I do not work for Adagio, nor am I in any way affiliated with them. I think their products are good quality, and I love their sample tins, which allow me to try many different types of teas. The sample tins are only $2-$4, an last for about 8-10 cups of tea. Not bad.
Are you a tea drinker? If so, what are some of your favorite teas?