My favorite place to shop for teas is at Harney & Sons .
I like my tea hot with one or two drops of Stevia sweetner. My Knight in Shining Armor (husband) likes it over ice, unsweetened.
All-India Blend (blend)- exclusive blend from H&S. We use this for our daily tea. Sometimes hubby likes this with a few Dragon Pearls thrown in. I like mine with milk.
Black Current (blend)- Big fruity taste. I like this plain with just Stevia. Usually drink this on Sunday morning.
Darjeeling (blend) – This is what we have when we run out of the All India Blend. 🙂
Irish Breakfast – A very strong tea. Haven’t had this in a while. I like it with milk. Too strong for the husband, but if that is all we have then, he’ll drink it. 😀
Dragon Pearl Jasmine – it has a wonderful aroma! I like this early in the morning with nothing in it. My girls also like this one. This is the only green tea I drink.
Egyptian Chamomile – This is a nice soothing drink before bedtime. We like it plain. I do not give this to the girls.
I like many more, but these are the ones we regularly use. We only use loose tea leaves. My husband will use the tea bags at work, but never at home. We never buy tea from the grocery store. Many of those teas have been on the shelves for up to three years.
Instructions for steeping tea. The rule of thumb is 1 tsp per cup and 1 tsp for the pot. If you are like me, who likes a strong tea, then use a little more. 🙂 Heat water to almost a boil for your black teas, not quite so hot for herbal and green teas, place your tea leaves in a tea ball or strainer , place in the water. Let steep for 5 minutes for the black teas, 3 to 4 for the green and herbal teas. I usually make my teas in a large glass teapot, then transfer that to a fancy teapot when I am having tea with friends or my girlies. More on tea time entertainment later.
My girls and I will be having Valentine Tea Party and I will be posting my plans on that in a few weeks.