We are going to be posting several Black Friday tea deals as we learn of them. Our first one up is from Teavana. Starting today and running through Monday 11/30/2009 you will receive 2 oz of Rooibos Rose Garden loose tea for free with any purchase. It is described as a flowery and fruity blend of green Rooibos, rhubarb pieces, red currants, and pink rose petals. And you will get to try it for free.
This is a great time to purchase gifts for others or to try out some new teas from Teavana. Or just restock your tea cabinet with your favorites.
Here is our top gift suggestion:
Imperial Blooming Flower Tea Collection. This lovely gift comes with four kinds of blooming tea as well as four tea tins and two double-walled glass tea tumblers. Who says that flowers just have to bloom in the garden?
Again the deal is for Free Tea with Any Order - Receive 2oz Rooibos Rose Garden Tea with any order at Teavana.com Wednesday 11/25/09 thru Monday 11/30/09. You will also receive free shipping on any order over $50. Avoid the stores and shop online this week.
While there are some tea bags in our tea cabinet, the majority is loose teas. I find that they have a far superior flavor to tea made from a teabag. We have everything from a gundpowder green tea flavored with almond slices to a rooibos with red currants and blue mallow blossoms.
Loose teas can be either single origin teas that are just purely tea leaves. Other times they are blends of various teas, flowers, fruits, or berries. Brewing tea loose in a tea pot or inside of an infuser is a great way to let the leaves expand and uncurl in the water. You want to give the essential oils a chance to impart as much flavor to the water as possible.
While I have tried some poor quality loose teas, for the most part the teas that I sampled are all very good quality. Most tea merchants choose the finest quality tea leaves.
What do you look for when choosing a tea? What are some of your favorite loose teas? It is definitely all based on personal preference. My husband has not found a rooibos tea that he likes and while I like most teas, I do not like to drink chai tea iced. We would love to know what you like and dislike.