thanrose wrote:My sister is buying these cute little jars and spoons with a tea blend inside, sometimes Camellia sinensis, sometimes not. When she went to drop a serious chunk of change for a jar of Herbes de Provence tea, I reminded her that she had the spice mix jar unopened at home. I suggested trying a tea from that before buying something so pricey. Now, months later, both jars sit forlorn and tightly sealed. She also was going to buy Crown Royal on sale two for one. I said, "But you don't do hard liquor!" She said, "I love those bags they come in though." We actually did grow up together, shared a room and everything.
This reminds me of a woman I know every spring she buys $100 worth of beautiful flowers at Lowe's & Home Depot. She takes them home and puts them where she wants them planted. A month late she is throwing them all in the trash can because she never watered them or planted them. She gets a lot of enjoyment going to the stores, looking & smelling all the flowers, dreaming about how beautiful they are & how beautiful they will be at home.
I am starting to think herb tea is a lot like wine. There are 1000s of different wines. Red wine, white wine, sweet wine, dry wine, semi sweet wine, full body wine, pink wine, port wine, grape wine, fruit wine, berry wine, mixed wines, 100s of others. The name is an indication of what the wine is. Names are an indication what country the wine came from. Champagne wine comes from a certain country all other champagne wines are not allowed to be called champagne, they are all Sparkling Wine. Barolo wine is from Italy no other wine can be called Barolo but the label can say, Barolo type wine. If you walk into a wine store not knowing anything about wine that is like going to the grocery store with a blind fold over your eyes you have no clue what your buying there is a 99% chance you will not like the wine you picked out. Best thing a person can do is go to a wine tasting group you get a taste of many wines, take notes on paper which wines you like so you can buy them at the wine store.
There is a women on I-70 west of Denver Colorado in 1 of the old gold mining towns (maybe Georgetown) she has a herb & tea shop. When I walked into her shop, WOW.......the smell was totally amazing all those herb smells. Walk around the room the smell changes every few feet, walk slow and enjoy it, she has bundles of dry herbs on all 4 walls and the ceiling too. Out side are 100s of herb plants in pots. She has herb tea & we had no clue what is good. We ask what is good, she ask us a few questions then recommended a certain herbal tea mix. I don't recall what we had but I do remember that was the best herb tea I ever had it was very good.