Taste Testing Tea


One thing about the cold temperatures we’ve been having; we’re drinking a lot more tea!

While there are a few favourites we try to keep on hand all the time, the girls and I also love to try new teas. Sometimes, though, the price tag that comes with some of the ones we’d like to try … well, I just can’t justify spending that kind of money on some dried leaves, ya know?

Which is why, when I saw a box of Advent Tea before Christmas at the pharmacy, I didn’t buy any. However, when I had to go back to pick up some meds owed to us – already paid for – and also picked up some distilled water for the CPAP, I didn’t want to use my debit card for something that would cost less than $3. I saw the 50% off display, which included the Advent Tea, so I grabbed a box. There was no price displayed, but at 50% off, I didn’t think it would be an issue.

I still got sticker shock out of it. I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on a box of bagged tea before. Uber special loose leaf tea, yes, but not bagged.

Ah, well. It was already done and I wasn’t going to make the cashier’s job worse, so I just bought it.

I’m glad I did.

The box contained 24 bags of 24 different teas. Which meant we couldn’t make our usual pot of tea, since that would need 2 bags of one flavour for the size of pot we use.

So what the girls and I have decided to do is make three cups of tea, taste test them, then each pick one to finish off.

It’s been an absolute delight.

The first thing we discovered is the adorable packaging.


The box itself (which has each tea, and its ingredients, listed in English on the sides) opens up to this lovely little winter scene.

Then there are the fronts of the bags.


Each with their own adorable artwork.


The backs have the English translation of the front text. There is even information for water temperature and steep times!

The next batch will have the first tea with different steeping instructions

So far, we have enjoyed every one of them we’ve tried. Looking at the ingredient lists on the box, we’ve found ourselves wishing we could buy entire boxes of some of them, too! I don’t expect we’re going to find them in stores out here, though. Hmm… I see a website, though…

The Re-Farmer

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