Who:Tea Sparrow What: A monthly tea box sip-’scription. When: Since about 2011–and they’re North America’s first monthly tea box! How’s that for steep cred? Where: They ship from Vancouver, BC, in the merry land of maples and hockey. Why: Because not all of us have time to prowl through the interwebz, hun-tea-ng down the best blends to tea-tillate our tastebuds, Tea Sparrow compiles a monthly box of selections from various repu-tea-ble companies. How: For $19 a month, you get four varie-teas of leafy goodness tea-livered to your abode.
Now sip-lings, if you stay tuned for the whole review, the bottom of the box just might have a prize…
Kids, don’t try this at home without adult supervision.
Note: For regular tea drinkers, your morning cuppa won’t have this effect. (Especially if you take it with milk and sugar, as these addi-tea-ves nullify any useful antioxidants and inhibit the caffeine/theobromine in-tea-raction.) Tea-ntoxication occurs with at least double your normal amount of tea and excessive consumption thereof.
Common sense, here–there’s a reason we often compare tea with wine.
(“Easter Egg” = video game lingo for a special little something snuck in by the game designers–just a tidbit that makes players crack a grin and go, “Aww yeah.” Thus, when applied to our sip-tuation, an Eas-tea-r egg is when you find a cup of good tea completely out of con-tea-xt.) Continue reading →
We started off the week Mythbusters-style, with a thorough tea-bunking of the leading “skinny teas.” (Meanwhile, Health Nuts will be tea-lighted to learn that reading up on those ingredients probably burned as many calories as drinking ‘em. Go figure.)
Not that the French would care about such things, as they are too busy enjoying the saccharine confections of Nina’s Paris. Stateside, you can just hear the francophiles going, “Oh là là!” with every sip. In retrospect, this review was also the opportuni-tea for extensive puns on guillo-tea-ne. Ah well. There’s always next teatime.
From there we cup-fessed to the inconvenience of “caffeine sensitivi-tea” in the leaf-guzzling communi-tea. There’s nothing more disheart-tea-ning than going out for an afternoon cuppa and at-tea-mpt to find a sa-tea-sfying -herby thing when there are highly temp-tea-ng -oolongs on the menu. But hope is on the way! Stra-tea-gic maneuvers may allow us to have our Pu-Erh cake and drink it, too.
However, after lamen-tea-ng one aspect of tea, we had to give it up for a much more pleasurable side effect: “tea-ntoxication.” ‘Nuff said.
Who:Nina’s Paris What: French tea. Very French tea. When: Since 1672. Where: The original bou-tea-que is in Paris, France, with others in Japan and Korea. Why: Back in the day, fragrance was a necessi-tea to survive the putrid atmosphere of 17th Century Europe. What began as a French perfume company has now translated its 300 years of olfactory exper-tea-se into flavored tea blends. How: In addition to their re-tea-l locations, Nina’s is available in-tea-rnationally via the online store.
(Black Swan jokes will be kept to a minimum. But as for gra-tea-uitous French–no promises on that one.) Continue reading →