Last weekend my friend Heather and I celebrated fall with a free tour at the Celestial Seasonings tea factory in Boulder, Colorado. No photos allowed inside (yup, I’m definitely a spy for Lipton…) but really for me there wasn’t much to SEE as there was to SMELL.
It smelled GLORIOUS up in there.
We walked through a room filled with lemongrass and hibiscus, another with mints of all sorts (a seriously sinus-cleansing experience,) and a third where the huge bins of tea leaves were stored.
Now, I am definitely a tea person (yes, over coffee). Like an I-better-have-my-morning-tea-or-else person. But even I was overwhelmed, or should I say my kidneys were overwhelmed, by the prospect of free sampling 80-some varieties in one afternoon. I made it through perhaps eight.
After sampling our hearts out in the tour center, we wandered over to the tea shop to browse and grab a few of our favorites to take home. What I picked up this trip :
-Sleepytime, of course, but mostly because the box came with a free vintage travel-size tea tin. Yes.
-Sleepytime Peach, a new tea I tried for the first time here (iced, in fact, which I would have never thought of!)
-and Gingerbread Spice, a Christmas blend that I also sampled for the first time and thought would be lovely blended with some Turkish Apple tea I have at home. Mmmmm.
I was really disappointed with the Harvest Pumpkin (WHO adds Stevia to a tea bag? …ruined the whole thing for me) but oh well, you can’t win ’em all. Also picked up a tea tin (above) with the Bengal Spice design and a few other tea-related odds and ends. Overall, quite a happy afternoon.
Because really, can you have too much tea?
… The right answer is no, by the way.