Last week I issued a challenge: I asked me to show me your tea stash. Now, the day of reckoning has arrived, and the question of who has the most tea will be answered. I know it’s not me, because I’ve already seen at least tea stash that’s bigger([cough] Kelly [cough]). But I did promise to show you my stash, so whether it measures up or not, I will display it proudly.
So, how does me stash stack up? Just over a year ago I had 17 kinds of tea in my collection. As of today, I have 19 different kinds of tea in my collection – and that’s after I did some serious trimming. There are seven full-octane teas, nine types of herbal tea, one decaffienated tea (I actually bought that one by accident), and one assorted mix with both. So, what do 19 different teas look like, when they’re not all crammed into a drawer? This:
While I buy a lot of tea, and I do enjoy the occasional cup, the truth is that I am not a hard-core tea drinker. This is why I end up with so many boxes, tins and bags in my cupboard, and it presents something of a conundrum. I recently found a solution: iced tea. I brew a big pot, add a bit of honey, and let it chill. My kids – not usually big tea drinkers – really enjoy it. I kind of prefer it, too, because you only have to make it once, and you can enjoy it for days. Plus, it harkens back to my youth, when I used to carry herbal tea to school in my thermos. By the time I drank it, it was only ever lukewarm. Retro iced tea.
(By the way, in case you were wondering, carrying herbal tea to school in a thermos is just one of many signs that I was raised by hippies.)
As I had my stash all laid out on the counter, my son Jacob got in on the counting fun:
Now I’ve shown you mine, which means it’s time for you to show me yours. What does your stash look like? How many different kinds of tea do you have? I want to know!
If you’ve written a post, please include it in my link-up. Everyone who adds their post before 9:00pm Pacific time on Friday, January 20 will be entered into a draw. I’ll buy the winner a box of tea, on me. I may even ask about the winner’s preferences, so that I can be sure to choose something that will be appreciated. As I mentioned in my post last week, I’m not being sponsored in any way, I just want to share the tea love. I hope you’ll play along and share the love, too.
Now, what are you waiting for? Show me your (tea) stash!