Tea is an integral part of the Mahabir family. The kettle is constantly on at my house.
Morning, night, throughout the day- it doesn't matter.
Black tea, green tea, red tea, hot tea, iced tea- we don't discriminate.
Tea is, in my opinion, the most fascinating of beverages. The whole world takes pride in it. All parts of the globe indulge in it with their own unique blends and variations. Whether it's a cold, sweet southern brew or a hot, spice-infused chai, we all love our tea.
Packed with plenty of health benefits and therapeutic properties, tea is truly the queen of remedy.
My curiosity and passion for the beverage has left me no choice than to start the “Pinkies Up” series. So without further ado, part one of the “Pinkies Up” series, My Tea Collection:
PG Tips: Gotta put your pinkies up for this one, it's British. PG Tips has been around since 1869 and still seeping strong. It is a leading name in British black teas, and I'm sure a staple in many households. The “cuppa” is quite good, your basic cup of tea. All you need is the basic fixin's: milk, sugar, and a couple of biscuits (cookies). You've also got to love that they have a sassy, yet adorable, sock monkey as their spokesperson.
Lipton Yellow Label: Although not as common in the U.S., Lipton Yellow Label can easily be found in many other countries around the world. When I went to Europe back in 2014, I couldn't help but notice how easily accessible Yellow Label was in the supermarkets. My family, however, gets Yellow Label from our local Middle-Eastern/Indian store or whenever we go to Trinidad. Compared to PG Tips, Yellow Label has a very bold taste, which I prefer.
Foojoy Lichee Black Tea: My mother's co-worker generously gave us a stash of this delicious tea, knowing we both love lychee. Foojoy is a Chinese tea company with tons of authentically Asian tea blends. This specific tea is a blend of black tea and the lychee fruit, commonly eaten in Asian countries. The tea is sweet and fruity while maintaining the bold, substantive flavor of black tea.
Royal King Green Tea: When it comes to green tea, I enjoy authentic Asian brands. I'm sure a brand like Bigelow is just as good, but there's something about saying you have the real deal (or at least what I think is the real deal). Luckily, I live in a diverse area where Asian stores are easily accessible.
Oolong: I don't drink oolong very often, but my parents drink it on the regular. These teas were also purchased at an Asian store.
Teavana Oprah Chai Tea: Oprah is queen, and so is her chai tea. The great thing about her tea is not only that you can order/purchase it at Starbucks, but also that some of the proceeds go to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. So next time you go to Starbucks consider trying a chai latte!
Allegro Rooibos Vibrations: Rooibos is a unique South-African red tea. The taste has a subtle sweetness about it that I've found to be addicting. I always get a bit sad when I've reached my last bag. The specific brand of rooibos I drink is Allegro, an amazing tea/coffee brand that you can find in Whole Foods.
Allegro Engage Your Brain: This bubbly blend is another Allegro tea purchased from Whole Foods. I mainly drink this tea before I go to school. It gets my body pumping, which I need since I wake up at 5:30, and settles my stomach after waking up so early. The tea is a medley of black and green tea, cinnamon, citrus, mint, and other herbs.
Teavana Maharaja Chai Oolong/Samurai Chai Mate: This tea is straight up yummy town, no joke. The blend is naturally sweet, so sugar isn't even necessary. There is all kinds of goodness in this Teavana loose tea, including chai, oolong, ginger, pineapple, papaya, and nutmeg. This tea is just bursting with flavor!