Tenacious Teas

So I’m obsessed with tea. I love everything about it. For those who don’t know very much about tea or my fellow southerners who picture a pitcher of ice cold sweet tea when they think of tea, this is for you. Here are some of my favorite teas and the magic they bring.

Loose-Leaf Teas:

For those of you who don’t know, loose-leaf tea is tea that isn’t already packaged in individual tea bags. You have to put the tea leaves in a tea infuser. Click here for some awesome tea infusers.

Blueberry Black Tea (left), Green Tropical Tea (right)

My favorite loose-leaf tea is from a local shop in Blowing Rock, NC called The Spice & Tea Exchange. My very favorite is their Blueberry Black Tea. I really don’t like blueberries but I love this tea! Their Tropical Green Tea is really fabulous too, and if you like coconut, you’ll love their Coconut Oolong Tea!


Their Blueberry Black Tea is a black tea from Yunnan, China. Made with organic black tea, blueberries, cornflowers, natural blueberry flavoring.


Their Tropical Green Tea is made with organic green tea, pineapple pieces, natural tropical flavoring, safflower petals, cornflower petals.


1814 Chinese Tigers Wedgwood Fine Tea (left), Rose Petal Black by The Tao of Tea (middle), Teavana Oprah Chai Tea from Starbucks (right).

Tea infuser from Amazon.

Taste of History 1814 Chinese Tigers Tea Caddy - 100g

I love the Wedgwood teas because they have such history to them. This particular one is from their Taste of History collection. It’s titled 1814 Chinese Tigers Tea, made with black tea and ginger.

Wedgwood also has some of the most decadent collections of tea cups, which I’m also obsessed with.



Rose Petal Black from The Tao of Tea (also known as ‘Meigui Hong Cha’) is very dear to my heart. Roses are my very favorite flower (naturally because I’m a hopeless romantic) and this tea smells and tastes just like roses!
Made with black tea leaves, red rose petals, and natural rose essence.




I got this fabulous Oprah Chai tea from Starbucks one year for my birthday. Made with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom + cloves blended with loose-leaf black tea + rooibos. It smells heavenly and tastes amazing with honey and sugar.


Bagged Teas:


Harney & Sons has some of the best teas! They sell them at the Starbucks in our local Barnes & Noble. I might even love the tins more than the actual tea! The two that I own (pictured above) are their Pumpkin Spice and Holiday Tea.


The Pumpkin Spice Tea is made with the basis of caffeine-free Rooibos from South Africa, then natural spices and flavorings, giving it the taste of pumpkin pie. While the Holiday Tea is made with China black tea, cloves and safflowers. You can get the Holiday Tea year-round with it’s strong sent of citrus and cinnamon.


(From left to right) English Tea Shop’s Happy Me Tea, Yogi’s Kava Stress Relief Tea, Twinings’ English Breakfast and Lady Grey Teas.


I got this Happy Me Tea  at T.J. Maxx and I love it! Made with organic apple, ginger roots, coriander fruit, and marigold flowers, Happy Me gives you positive vibes and sunshine into your life!


This Kava Stress Relief Tea has magical powers. It’s made with kava root extract, which is sometimes used for numbing purposes. Yeah, it’s powerful stuff. That’s probably why it has a warning label.

It’s extremely relaxing. Like I said, magical powers.


Twinings Tea never fails me. You can’t go wrong with the classic English Breakfast Tea (which is what southern sweet tea is made with). It’s crafted with fine black tea expertly selected from Kenya, Indonesia, Assam, Malawi and China. Lady Grey is similar to Earl Grey Tea which are both classics, but Lady Grey is lighter than Earl. Made with black tea, orange peel, lemon peel, and citrus flavorings. Lady Grey is only offered exclusively through Twinings. They also carry teas in k-cups for Keurig owners.

So that’s all of my fabulous teas! Until next time.





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