I’ve come to the realization lately that despite my complete lack of good graces and gross impatience with ceremony of all varieties (varieteas?), I have unwittingly become a tea snob. It’s been months since I’ve had less than a dozen types of tea on my counter, and I’m pretty sure the ones at the back are organizing an assault on the nearby fruit basket. I pay attention to the water temperature so I don’t burn the leaves. I occasionally set a timer so it doesn’t overbrew. I get snooty about tea bags, and have absolutely no use for orange pekoe. Feel free to roll your eyes, because in spite of my drinking of tea in sturdy mugs instead of delicate cups with an outstretched pinky, this is more than slightly embarrassing.
But! If you like mint tea, or slightly spicy tea, I highly, highly recommend getting yourself some North African Mint Tea from David’s Teas. It’s minty, peppery, and almost like a light chai, and it’s some of the best tea I’ve had in ages. There’re David’s Teas around Canada, and they also have an online store. Of course they’ve not paid me to rave about their tea on the internet — it’s just really tasty.