Generally, I find tea misleading and disappointing. Tea titles like “Cookie Dough” and “Salted Caramel” get me all excited, so I try them, let them steep and then take a steaming sip of…hot water. It’s HOT WATER, you guys.
I want to like tea. I do. But have you ever gone to David’s Tea, intending to quietly browse the selection along the perimeter of the store, when out of NOWHERE a peppy sales associate jumps out from behind you holding a huge tin of tea mere centimeters from your face and asked, eyes wide, “HAVE YOU SMELLED OUR NEWEST TEA?!”
Shaken, you stutter, “Um, no?”
“SMELL IT! INHALE DEEPLY! YOU WILL LOVE IT!!” he insists as the tin actually touches your nose, flecks of tea flying in your face.
So you take a tiny sniff, feign approval and try to move on.
But somehow you stay there for a half hour and have been forced to smell 56 tins of tea and you have also spent $86. ON TEA.
But, when you come home and brew a cup of “The Spice is Right” tea, with hopes set low, only to discover that it’s the best tea ever made? It’s all worth it.
I found a tea I like!
YOU SHOULD SMELL IT.