Back in late summer of last year, when Candy Minx and I started The Agency Podcast, I took to having a cup of tea during the podcast. I learned quickly that having a beverage handy is important if you’re going to record a conversation often lasting between an hour and an hour and a half.
Along the way, I read articles about most tea bags being made of a plastic that leaves behind micro-particles of plastic which get into your body. While there may not be evidence of this plastic being nasty, the idea freaked me out and I figured it was easy enough to switch to loose-leaf teas. I don’t have much experience with different teas. Years ago I made some herbal tea with chamomile, lemon balm and catnip from the garden and that was OK, but not great enough that I kept it up. Mostly my tea experience is with generic teabags, enjoyed with milk and sugar.
At Christmas, we were given a gift basket which contained a tin of Earl Grey tea and I discovered I loved this stuff. This tea is named after Charles Grey, who was a British Prime Minister in the 1830s. It’s a black tea which has been flavoured with oil of bergamot, which gives it some citrus flavour. I typically add a half teaspoon of honey.
I may continue to try some other teas along the way. One pre-virus day when I was having lunch up the street at Tasty Korea, I tried some lapsang souchong, a tea that is smoke-dried over pine fires. It was really unique and very interesting. It turns out it’s also pretty expensive. The stuff comes compressed into a pie-shaped thick wafer. Maybe one day I’ll go crazy and buy a little.