Tea and Torture

I can’t believe it. The project I’ve been working on for the last two years at work went live today. It’s been one of those projects that make you pull out your hair and curse at the world, and some days it felt like torture to even get out of bed, so I can’t even tell you how glad I am that the biggest push is over. There’s still a ton of work, but I can handle anything they throw at me now 🙂

One of the things that has kept me sane (besides my friends and family) has been my obsession with tea. Even in the thickest of the stress and angst, having a cuppa can usually settle my nerves. I’m also a bit of a tea snob, so the Lipton tea bags they stock in our work  kitchenette just don’t cut it. I used to buy all of my loose tea from Adagio, but I’m always on the look out for new companies.

A friend suggested Octavia Teas, so of course I had to buy a sample of each of their teas to try them out  (they have a cute little sampler pack – and their packaging is adorable). And then it was 80 degrees for the last week, and I wasn’t really in the mood for tea. But last night got cool and chilly, and I was able to crack open a few of my samples.

To be honest, I was kind of disappointed. I tried the Blood Orange green tea – and instead of a bright, crisp flavor I was expecting, it was bland and muddy. The Lime Blossom green tea was better, but still not quite there. And the Jasmine Green was ok – a little too sharp for my tastes, but drinkable.

I wanted so much to love these teas – especially because of the cute packaging and fun website. I’m still withholding judgement, as I have another dozen or so samples to try. But right now I’m not as impressed as I want to be.

I did get a new suggestion – Two Leaves and a Bud teas – so I think I may try them out next. And of course, if any of you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

So how about you? What do you do when you’re feeling stressed out? Do you have a ritual that makes you feel better?



1 Comment

  1. I really like tea so I welcome new suggestions of brands! Thanks for sharing. 🙂