I saw an email the other day from a popular tea company for ice cream inspired teas. Um, say what now? :| There are so many crazy and artificial tea flavors these days. I don't even think we can call some of these tea anymore! Maybe it's just me but if I want "ice cream" I'll go to the parlor and get my double scoop of black cherry in a waffle cone and if I want "birthday cake" I’ll go bake buy one. I'm all for innovation and I love flavored teas, but please, for the love of tea, let there be tea!* I want to eat my sweets not drink them.
Many of us drink tea for its health benefits and all those artificial flavors totally defeat the purpose. Now I get it, while mint and earl grey are household staples, a lot of want us want to jazz it up with more exotic and unique blends. But please, I'm begging you, try and find something natural at least!
One of the things I appreciate about tea is that it balances simplicity and complexity. Tea is easy to make. Take a bag, stick it in a cup, pour hot water over it and enjoy. Once you take your first sip, the complexity begins as you taste all the depth of flavors whether from a single ingredient or a complimentary blend (my personal favorite). Lastly, as you start to unwind and enter a state of personal relaxation you're able to savor the moment, forgetting about the stresses of life and simply being grateful for the present.
*Disclaimer for any tea police out there. Our teas are technically called tisanes since they don't have the leaf Camellia sinensis in them (we didn't want the caffeine) but life is short and we're not that serious.
Tell me in the comments, what's the craziest tea flavor you've heard? Do you agree or disagree with me about these wild tea flavors?