Everyone is familiar with my love of tea. I drink many cups a day, and drink a variety of teas. So, when I found out that there is a National Tea Day, I was ecstatic. An entire day devoted to tea. Surely that means that I can drink more tea than usual?! This week, Whittard invited me to a tea tasting at their shop in Kingston upon Thames, so that I would be prepared for National Tea Day.
If you’re not familiar with Whittard, they have been around since 1886. And to this day, they are passionate about sourcing the best tea from all over the world. I was able to sample some of their amazing teas. As a fan of Earl Grey, I was thrilled that they had several varieties, with my favourite being the Afternoon blend. It was so delicious, and I could have drunk it all afternoon.
‘In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love’…TEA!
I imagine Jane Austen turning over in her grave right about now.
It’s true, it’s true. I love tea. I haven’t always loved it like I do now. When I first moved to London in 2002, I would drink a cup of coffee a day and would have the occasional cup of tea. After a couple of months I swapped my morning coffee for tea, and then added another cup and then another cup. After I had my daughter in 2008, I started drinking 4-5 cups of tea. And now, I’m at 5-6 cups per day. I assume this is normal, right?
I start with a normal black tea, and continue but also intersperse Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Lapsang Souchong and/or Green Tea. I end the day with decaf tea. I love tea so much I thought I’d write a poem about it.
Tea, tea, how I love thee
Black, green, white and mint tea
In the morning, I need at least three
To keep me from going doo-lal-ly
Forget coffee or hot choccy,
What I adore is tea,
and I’ve been addicted since 2003