I'm not afraid to admit it... I'm a tea drinker, there I said it...
As a little girl raised by a single parent, my mother made every effort to make sure I had special moments in my childhood. Though her budget was not extraordinary she found the means to treat us to the occasional night out. One of my favorite things we did was dinner at our local Chinese restaurant, where I got to eat with chopsticks and drink green tea complete with tea leaves floating in my cup. I loved to observe the leaves as they shifted with each sip and when there was nothing left in the bottom of the cup, My mother and I would pretend that we could read our future in the leaves.
At the humble age of about five, this is where my love of tea began.
Similar to the pleasant memories I hold of my first sip of deep black cherry flavors in a glass of Stags Leap 2001 SLV, I am just as delighted by recapturing the vibrant fruit and spice notes of my first cup of Ashbey Teas Alberry Spice. Recently I've had the great delight of indulging in some teas that are quite special.
Ambessa Tea by the famed culinary artist Marcus Samuelsson.
If the elegant packaging by Louise Fili doesn't do it for you, then what's inside certainly will. There are four teas in which Ambessa offers and I highly recommend trying them all.
-Earl of Harlem- is an earthy, smoky black tea with the palatable and seductive aroma of what I sense to be liquorice or lavender.
-Safari Breakfast- is one of the richest black teas I've had the pleasure of tasting. This is the perfect cup of tea when married with a bit of sugar and cream.
Then there is the majestic profile of the -Lingonberry Green Tea- Lush with hints of fruit tantalizing in scent and taste. I especially love this tea because of the red cornflowers.
Last and uniquely my favorite is the -Choco Nut Blend- The dark chocolate bouquet is soothing enough on its own and arouses the taste buds, but its the decadent blends of chocolate and caramel with just the slightest hint of peanut that tickles my palate.
The beauty of these teas is that they take me on a whimsical journey, they enhance my mood and help create special moments in my day. Ambessa teas have certainly captured a place in my heart and in my tea sipping enjoyment. No, I am not afraid to admit... I am a tea drinker and a tea lover!
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