I’m on a Tea Buying Ban! Plus, 9 TasTEA Recommendations

Of course I love tea. I wouldn’t have named my (old) blog Books & Tea otherwise. But, brewing tea is a ritual that takes time, and I rarely afforded myself the time to make myself a good cup of tea on a regular basis before Oliver came in to the world. I still went on tea buying benders whenever my favorite brands had great sales on their websites though.

At the height of my collection, I had nearly 200 types of tea that occupied an entire kitchen cupboard, the bottom shelf of the pantry, and it even spilled out on to the kitchen floor. Once I went on maternity leave in October though, I made it a point to finally sip through my collection to make it more manageable. And also to get it up off the kitchen floor in case Jon and I finally decided to buy a kitchen table (we’ve lived in this house for over two years now, and we still don’t own a kitchen table…). Here are some of the sipworthy blends from that time period:

Teaster Marshmallow Tea from Adagio Tea is a limited edition tea that is blend of green rooibos, apple pieces, candy sprinkles, vanilla creme flavor, marigold flowers, and apricots. It’s like eating marshmallow peeps but without all of the guilt of consuming bunny shaped marshmallows coated in sugar.

Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait from DavidsTea is an herbal blend of apple, hibiscus, raisins, carrot, beetroot, yogurt bits, strawberry, rhubarb, and natural and artificial flavoring. It’s fruity sweet, dreamy creamy, and slightly tart.

Vanilla Nut Chicory Roasted Tea from Teeccino is a blend of roasted organic carob, organic barley, organic chicory, dates, almonds, organic figs, natural vanilla extract, and natural vanilla nut flavor. When paired with milk and sugar, this tea tastes just like a cappuccino but without the caffeine

Berry Creme Compote from Adagio is a seasonal tea available in Spring.  It’s an herbal blend of rose hips, hibiscus, apple pieces, blue cornflowers, natural creme flavor, raspberries, natural blueberry flavor, natural strawberry flavor, raspberry leaves, strawberries, blueberries, and natural blackberry flavor. It is berry creamy and tart and is best sipped slightly sweetened.

English Breakfast Tea from Adagio is a classic black tea, and I prefer mine with a splash of milk and a spot of sugar

Rooibos Vanilla from Adagio is rooibos with natural vanilla flavor and is perfect to cozy up with on a cold afternoon.

Creme Brulee Tea from T2 is a blend of black tea, natural and artificial flavor, and hazelnut praline. I don’t think creme brulee is supposed to taste like hazelnut, but I’ll make an exception for T2.

Key Lime Pie Herbal from Adagio is another seasonal tea that is available in summertime. It is a blend of hibiscus, rose hips, apple pieces, orange and key lime pie flavor. With a little bit of sugar, this tea taste just like a key lime pie.

Just Peachy from DavidsTea is a blend of apple, apple pomace, sweet blackberry leaves, peach, and natural and artificial flavoring. Might I suggest cold brewing this tea?


So…I’m ignoring all of the tantalizing coupons my favorite tea stores send to my inbox. I’m resisting the urge to snag a box of Adagio’s new Matcha Sticks…FREE! (with $49 purchase 😂). I’ve even paused my Sipsby subscription until I sip my through my collection of tea. We will see how long I can last on my tea buying ban!