Favorite Teas and Strainers to Enjoy Them With!
I recently talked about my passion for tea and how I typically travel around with my teas, so I don’t have to hunt down a good cup. I also mentioned my tea drawer and how much pride I take in it. But I know that isn’t really what you want to know. You’re asking “BUT SOPH! WHAT KIND OF TEA ARE YOU DRINKING?!” I know, I know, and I am here to answer, but I’m not going to lie, that’s a loaded question. So instead I am here to list out my favorite teas that I strongly urge you to try and also my favorite tea strainers and mugs to enjoy them with.
This may not be the fanciest of teas but boy it sure does taste amazing. I am a massive sucker for Genmaicha tea, which pretty much means there is roasted rice in it. This is a savory, delicious tea that I typically enjoy with dinner or if I am trying to replace coffee altogether, a morning kick start. I just love the nutty and savory taste of this tea and HemisFares is excellent because it is a loose leaf. If I am in a bind, I will go for the Numi tea which is my second favorite. I typically brew this tea for about 4 minutes, and it gets the job done, especially with my floating flower strainer. Because of the toasted rice and loose leaf, it’s so much easier to use a metal pod strainer type as to avoid chunks of rice floating around your water.
This is a detox (aka poopsplosion) tea that should only be drunk in small quantities, that is unless you have a stomach made of iron. While I love this tea because it helps with bloating (it does) too much is too much, and it will cause cramping. Flavor-wise, it is very herbal, like most detox tea, but still has that rich warmth that makes it tasty. I usually prepare this tea with a strainer with a small capacity, like the baby Nessie silicone strainers, as to avoid cramping.
This isn’t a rare tea by any means as Numi has become one of the more popular and readily available tea brands out there. Don’t let the mass production fool you, however; they have some fantastic flavors like their Jasmine Green. This is a wonderfully light green tea that has a beautiful fragrance thanks to the jasmine. I usually don’t like flower or fruit tea, so I typically shy away from them, but this tea is the perfect balance for my taste buds. This is one of my favorite teas, and I usually drink this when relaxing, especially while reading, and since it comes prepackaged all you need is a mug like my favorite Unicorn mug for steeping!
Tea Forte was my first introduction to tea outside of anything herbal. I fell in love with their White Ambrozia tea, but after I was given a Cherry Marzipan set as a Christmas gift, I fell in love with the new flavor. If there were a dessert tea, this would be it. It is sweet like you are biting into a warm, soft cookie. I know that you can find this tea as just a loose leaf, but since it was a given to me as part of a kit, I have only ever experienced it with Tea Fortes famous pyramids. All you need is a mug, much like my mini unicorn mug (YES I HAVE MULTIPLE UNICORN MUGS!) to steep and maybe even match the sweet nature of the tea!
This rooibos is a household favorite of ours. Because it lacks the caffeine of the others teas I have described, we typically make ourselves a cup of this before bed if we are in the mood. It has a robust, earthy flavor that comes from the balanced blend of honeybush and rooibos teas. Not only is this a favorite night time tea, but it is also great for iced tea in the summer since it has that bold flavor that pairs nicely with a slice of lemon. Just like the other packaged teas I buy, I have a favorite mug I like to enjoy them in. For this particular tea, I typically brew it in my _____ mug since it is so big and holds a whole lot!
To me when it comes to tea, Mariage Freres is the creme de la creme. I have yet to taste one of their brews and be disappointed, but the rooibos Bourbon tea is just so unique and delicious. Again, being that it is a rooibos makes it great for night time given its lack of caffeine, but I have found the flavor of this tea pairs nicely with dessert. I will even put a touch of cream and sugar in this tea to add to the sweet dining experience. Since I am such a dessert person and always see something fresh as a good time, I like my strainer to be equally as fun, so I use my hanging robot strainer with this tea! Not just because I love how whimsical it is, but also because the large tea leafs don’t easily escape from the draining holes.
This is a wonderfully mellow and aromatic tea that I jus can’t get enough of. White tea has always been presented to me as a “super tea” if you will pay for its high levels of antioxidants and flavonoids, both which are very healthy things to look for in food. I don’t drink this tea to try to be superhuman. It just tastes SO GOOD. It is so subtle yet delicious; I am actually going to brew some for myself right now using my Teavana prefectea maker!