|My tea collection is depleted.|
It was a sad morning this week when we realised we were down to our last Twinings' Lady Grey teabag. As previously discussed we ask friends to bring it over when they visit. Now we have a whole month to survive before we go to England and restock on decent tea. I've just been out in a blizzard to try and source some tea. Our local store which sold pretty good loose leaf Grand Earl Grey has closed down.
So I am left wondering about the possibilities of something called organic earl grey in an expensive looking box. Look, I was desperate so I bought it. Now I'm drinking the stuff. I don't think I need to go into details other than I've just checked in the pot to see if I remembered to put the bag in. I thought maybe I was tasting the insides of the pot dissolved in water. Actually there is less flavour than water. Please don't tell me they sell Twinings tea in Canada because I've tasted it and it's made for the Canadian market. It's special tea for your Canadian palates and it's not what I'm used to. I know there are worse problems in the world, really I do, but I just want a decent cup of tea. Send help soon.
I am writing this addendum in 2015. Canadian Twinings tea is still undrinkable in my opinion but we have discovered the delights of David's Tea - a Montreal company now with branches across Canada. It sells excellent full-bodied black teas - some of our favourites are the Kenyan, Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong plus not black but red - red bush tea which Canadians only know as Roiboos and will give you blank stares if you ever say Red Bush to them.
The store itself was once described to me as a tea store for people who don't drink tea. I know exactly what they mean by this. It is full of colourful fruity "teas" which aren't tea at all and are aimed at schoolgirls as far as I can gather. They have flavours such as birthday cake and it kinda makes my blood boil (you know what I'm like) but their more classic teas (real teas) are excellent and we have a kitchen full of them. Well done David's Tea I say - just don't offer me pink coloured coconut hairspray flavour tea every time I come in the door to buy my Earl Grey.
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