I have a question for you. Ready for it?
Have you ever had a friend over and offered them a cup of tea, only to realize that the only tea in the house is Pu-Erh or better yet, Lapsang Souchong? You open the tea, excited to share, and look up to see your friend making a very uncomplimentary face at just the smell of the tea. Followed shortly by a polite, “I’ve changed my mind actually. Thanks though.” and an uncomfortable laugh.
Well, never fear, here are three categories of tea (and a few suggestions) for teas to have around that will make anyone from the newbie to the tea connoisseur excited to try a cup of tea!
1. Something with Flavor
In my experience, having something like a raspberry black tea, a strawberry green tea, or maybe even something like our house blend, Cherry Limeade, on hand is a really great idea. Most people will be willing to give a fruity or dessert-style tea a shot, even if their first choice of drink is not normally tea.
2. Something Traditional
You really cannot go wrong with a traditional black tea. Earl Grey, Scottish Breakfast, or a solid Assam are staples in my tea cabinet, and most are willing to try one of those options. There is very little intimidating about Earl Grey, simply because it has been on the market for so long. I also try to keep an oolong, like the Ti Quan Yin above, in the house.
3. Something a Bit Exotic
Maybe your friend is a bit of a tea fanatic, like yourself, and is willing to try something different, a little outside their normal tea routine. If that’s the case, why not have a few ounces of Dragon Pearl Jasmine Green tea on hand? Or maybe a flowering tea? Stretch your own tastebuds and the tastebuds of your friend by keeping that extra special, splurge tea around!
Which teas do you keep on hand to offer to company?
P.S. As summer approaches, don’t be afraid to ice something a little different. Duke of Earl Grey – our raspberry Earl Grey – is absolutely incredible iced and was a totally accident a few summers ago. Most people are willing to try anything if it’s on ice!