I am not sure what gets into me sometimes. There will be something I like, so I get one. And then I get another… and my BFF says it only takes five of somthing to make a collection. I never intended to collect tea cups. I’m more of a coffee girl most of the time- and there are some pretty nifty coffee mugs out there- I have several. But a tea cup is so much more elegant! Plus, coffee is usually on the run- hurry, hurry, hurry and a tea cup- particularly with a biscuit- invites you to stop for a minute.
Another facet is that there are hundreds of beautiful china patterns out there. Even if you have a good set and a daily set, you still only get to pick two. Or, if you want, you can have small sets for the family holidays. But lots of china means lots of storage… and even with the holiday sets, you can hardly have more than five or six (I will not get china for Easter, I will not get china for Easter…) But tea trios- you can have quite a number of patterns if all you have is one cup, one saucer and a bread and butter plate. As an added bonus, trios are a lot easier to find than a full set and a lot less expensive- usually. (Ok, there’s that Vogue set that’s $2000 and doesn’t even have a plate… maybe if I win the lottery and don’t spend it ALL on books…)
For reasons I am still uncertain about, my daughter has taken to naming the trios. Some of them are obvious- others not so much. And with very few exceptions, they are totally unrelated to the name of the pattern- it’s just what she calls them.
My tea reviews- such as they are:
These are the teas I will make a special trip to the store (or a special order) for if I run out.
These are the teas I won’t make a special trip to get but I will pick them up the next time I go shopping.
Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie)
Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea (Teavivre)
Formosa Oolong Tea (Adagio)
Darjeeling Puttabong Summer Black Tea (Adagio)
Fujian Ti Kuan Yin Oolong tea (Adagio)
Prince of Wales tea (Twinings)
Darjeeling de Triomphe (Teavana)
Salted Caramel Mate (Stash)
Black Dragon Pearls (Tevana)
Earl Grey (Bigelow)
Earl Grey Black (Stash)
Earl Grey Double Bergamot (Stash)
Hot Cinnamon Sunset (Harney & Sons)
Scottish Breakfast (Taylors of Harrogate)
Yorkshire Gold (Taylors of Harrogate)
Salted Caramel (Bigelow)
Afternoon Darjeeling (Taylors of Harrowgate)
Merry Christmas Winter Spice (Twinings)
Brigadoon Breakfast (Adagio)
Jade Oolong (Adagio)
Darjeeling Spring Tip (Adagio)
These are the teas I will drink what I have but won’t replace.
Superfine Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea (Teavivre)
Big Red Robe Oolong Tea (Teavivre)
Assam (Two Leaves Organic)
P G Tips
Silver Yen Zen Pearls (Tevana)
Lady Grey (Twinings)
Earl Grey (Twinnings)
Earl Grey Organic (Stash)
Thai Mountian Oolong (Tevana)
Peppermint (Celestial Seasoning)
Irish Breakfast (Twinings)
English Breakfast (Twinings)
Wedding Impérial (Mariage Frères)
English Afternoon (Twinings)
Australian Afternoon (Twinings)
Keemun Tea (Twinings)
China Rose Petal Tea (Taylors of Harrowgate)
Cinnamon Stick (Bigelow)
Rou Gui (Teavivre)
Christmas Tea (Twinings USA)
Irish Breakfast (Barry’s)
Earl Grey Moonlight (Adagio)
These are the teas I will give away to someone who will appreciate them more.
White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea and Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) (Teavivre)
Lapsang Souchong (Twinings)
Tzai Fruit Cinnamon (Coffeeway)
Lavendar Earl Grey
Chocolate Hazelnut (Stash)
Zen Tea (Tazo)
Paris (Harney and Sons)
These teas I won’t even give away, I’ll throw away rather than inflict them on anyone.
Green Tea (Salada)
Strawberry Paradiso (Tevana)
Yunnan Golden Pu-erh Tea (Teavana)
I’ve started (inadvertantly) a tea cosy collection.