You lead a busy life but still want to enjoy fine teas. Impossible? Possible! You just need teas that can travel with you. And the right teawares for steeping and enjoying them. Never fear, for there are plenty of options and new ones popping up daily.
I’m going to propose something a bit unusual and perhaps unexpected here: tea samplers. Whether loose or bagged, these smaller sizes can fit into your pocket, purse, briefcase, backpack, or whatever. They also give you a bit of variety in a sort of themed way.
Want to explore tea as it’s enjoyed in the British Isles? Try a sampler with Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Scottish Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, St. Paul’s London Breakfast, or a tasty blend like Buckingham Palace Garden Party (you’ll feel quite regal with every sip) and Lady Londonderry.
Explore the wonders of Asia with a sampler containing Chinese green teas like Pinhead Gunpowder Green, China Jasmine Green, Keemun Panda, Jasmine with Flowers, Lapsang Souchong, Jasmine Dragon Tears, Lychee Congou China Black, Shanghai Lychee Jasmine, and loads more.
You could opt for Japanese green teas like Japanese Sencha, Japanese Sencha Kyoto Cherry, Gen Mai Cha, Gyokuro, and bright green Izu Matcha. Before you know it, you’ll be saying “Sayonara” to those boring “office teas.”
How about an array of fruity black teas? One for every day of the work week: Lemon, Mango, Peach, Raspberry, Peach Apricot, etc. A nice feature of these teas is that the fruity flavor is usually a great boost for the black tea flavor so that you need no other enhancement. If you’re out and about, this simplifies things. Just steep and drink.
You don’t need to wear a sari or ride an elephant to experience the teas of India. There are two main types: Assams and Darjeelings. Some choices are: Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling, Nonsuch Estate Darjeeling, Kambaa Estate Darjeeling, Lover’s Leap Estate Darjeeling, Darjeeling Mim, and Assam TGFOP.
Many teas now come in nylon sachets that are filled with large leaf pieces, not tea dust. Convenience and great taste. So, you don’t have to settle when you’re chauffeuring kids, sitting through that weekly staff meeting, or taking a quick break in your workday for that uplift you only get from the flavor of a nice cuppa tea.
You can still keep it loose with one of the travel mugs available these days. They come with stainless steel infuser baskets that you can lift out but keep handy for a second steeping. A porcelain mug with a matching infuser insert is great if you work in an office. Lots of designs are available, from cute to sophisticated.
Don’t let a busy schedule keep you from the teas you love or make you settle for less. Keep some sample sizes on hand and invest in a travel mug or cup with infuser. Then, let the enjoyment begin!
Travel on over to A.C.’s blog, Tea Time with A.C. Cargill! It’s one stop you can’t miss!
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