I had watched a few you tube videos about video bloggers doing “Hauls” about how they bought a bunch of stuff at a vintage store or make-up or whatever. I did the same thing with something I know a lot about buying. Tea.
So far, I love Adagio. I even had a really great experience talking to their live chat doohickey on the website. (“Want help? Chat live with a specialist!”) They call the chat person a “Tea Docent” and after their extreme competency helping me get a perpetual coupon to put up here on my blog, I believe they can help you get some tea knowledge going on. I mean, if you walked into a fancy tea store, hopefully someone would roll up on you and help you find the tea you want. Just like a docent in a museum tells you about the exhibits you’re looking at, a docent in a tea website can tell you about their teas.
Here’s the whole outfit I was wearing when I filmed this. I did it after a Bjork concert and I had a lot of creative energy.
The teas can be purchased in sample sizes (10 cups or so for cheap), bigger pouches and even in tea bags in case you don’t want to hassle with loose tea.
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Full disclosure, I get points towards free tea if you use it. Win-win. Sip sip.
Here’s the episode with my haul, some brief yays and skips about the teas I’ve tried, and below the video are a bunch of links to the teas I talked about that I would recommend (and a couple I didn’t have time to talk about).
Here are the varieties I’ve tried, enjoyed and recommend:
And if you’re both a tea nerd and a lifestyle nerd, they offer Fandom blends. At the recommendation of my dear friend Megan Beene, I tried the Quartermaster sample, which came in a really cute tin with 50s dad glasses adorning it. I couldn’t figure out what Quartermaster was about. I thought it might be a Sherlock thing because Megan loves that show on the BBC but it took me asking my Tea Docent and a follow-up email to confirm that it’s about “Q” from 007, the recent movie. This “Q” is a handsome nerd dude, and I can see why people want to make tea about them. (P.S. I found the tea not as flavorful or strong as I would want from a caffeinated black tea.)
I’ve been working on a Dorothy Allison blend of my reiki tea. I get it.
Watch more episodes of the Lesbian Tea Basket on this You Tube Playlist! I just changed the ordering of it so it goes from most recent to oldest. Watch me age in reverse!
That said, there is something to be said for the perfect environment to enjoy a cup of tea. At Michfest folks are pretty Goddess-oriented and witchy, and the healing center (the "Womb") is totally tea-core. There's a tea for most of what ails you and I have been healed several times by a wham-pow tea.
So this summer I was enjoying a cup of lemon, ginger and honey tea served in a cauldron in the Belly Bowl on hour 36 of persistent rain and cold, and I thought I should film an episode of the Lesbian Tea Basket. I didn't do it, but on Sunday decided to trek over to the Womb to get some tea to soothe my tender heart. I'm a girl who believes in feeling feelings and I was really experiencing them.
In the last couple of years as I've learned what is really important to me and learned to let go of what isn't, how to say no to things and how to check in with myself about what I am doing and how I am doing it. Moreover, I've learned how to identify for myself what is important to me, how to turn off all the voices of what I "should" be doing or who I "should" become, what my body "should" look like or how much I "should" love myself even when it's hard. I got tired of shoulding and wanted to instead be living and enjoying my life. Thus, I have created a practice whereby I check in with myself about my priorities. I try to do this every week, but basically it comes up for me when I feel off balance.
In sum, the Palace Hotel High Tea relies heavily on ambience and bells and whistles and their tea is good but it isn't all that. Their teas could be better served and blended, but the whole menu and concept is pretty great. It's not cheap at $45 a pop, but it was a really great experience and I say if you're visiting from out of town or you have a crowd of family in from out of town it would be really worth it.