Welcome to the Pensive Pickle.
In this deliciously titled blog, I will share with you my innermost thoughts and feelings and desires. Just kidding. I’m guarded AF. I am probably just going to write about tea.
Like every good love story, the story of tea and I begins with a break-up. Here goes:
For a few years when I was a university student, I worked for a coffee shop chain of which you may or may not have heard of. Wearing a green apron may or may not have been involved. During this time, my schedule often involved waking up for shifts at 6 in the morning!! Sometimes on these days, I would have classes until 6 or 7 in the evening. Although I would love to say that I did it all with ease, one of the reasons why I was able to exist at such ungodly hours was through the power of coffee.
This worked well for a while, except for one problem: coffee makes me anxious. As I already have an anxiety disorder, this was not so good for me. It felt like a bit of an overindulgence. I didn’t want to be greedy. It’s important to share anxiety with others. You must make sure there is enough to go around.
When I was in my late teens and early 20s, I guess that blonde coffees and hazelnut lattes didn't really affect me that same way that they do now. Either that, or I just didn’t realize that my mind and heart were frantically racing. Or maybe I just didn't care because I wasn't thinking about it so much? I’m not really sure. I am not a damn scientist. The one thing I know is that as I got older and more proactive about managing anxiety, I discovered that cutting out coffee works for me. I know what you’re thinking: but Rachel, black tea has plenty of caffeine as well! I know it does, but it has less, and the caffeine it does have I find doesn’t affect me as negatively.
I am a lover of most tea varieties and open to trying all, but there is no doubt that Earl Grey is my absolute favourite. I thought it would be both fun and obnoxious if I went on a mission to buy as many Earl Grey tea types as possible and try them out.
These teas are ones that I primarily bought on a run to Trader Joe’s and Healthy Living in Vermont, but I will be updating the blog as I gather more Earl Grey tea on my unquenchable and dare I say valiant quest.
Equal Exchange Organic Earl Grey next to my sly cat mug. This Earl Grey is SO GOOD. It’s really, really flavourful! 5/5!
Equal Exchange Organic Earl Grey black tea in my Tina Belcher mug that says “UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”. My work friends and I all have matching “Bob’s Burgers” mugs. I feel like this is an important detail for my blog. Again, 5/5.
Earl Grey de la Creme Loose Leaf Black Tea blend from Trader Joe’s. This is probably my favourite variety from this entire haul! I find it tastes super fresh and light. It's so airy and fragrant and delicious not to mention super pretty in the cup as it steeps! 5/5.
Four o’Clock Earl Grey tea that I got with breakfast one morning when my boyfriend and I were at our usual brunch spot. I paused him mid-sentence so that I could focus on taking this photo. He was a good sport about it. He knows it’s for the cause - I mean, the blog. 5/5!!!
Bulk Barn Earl Grey with my Jenny Lewis mug. Now, this wasn’t my favorite earl grey on the list, but it works well in a pinch. Also, it was extremely cost-friendly - I think I paid just over $1.00 CAD for enough tea to make several cups. Plus, buying it involved going to Bulk Barn which was great! I love that place! Hell, 5/5!!!!!
Classic Twinings Earl Grey in my business casual cat mug. This is a delicious Earl Grey variety!! Honestly, it’s really, really tasty. I don’t usually add anything at all to my cup of Earl Grey, but this one even tastes good with a little bit of milk and sugar or agave, if I am feeling particularly fancy that day. 5/5!
Trader Joe’s earl grey in my “R” mug. This one is really good too! I am running out of ways to describe Earl Grey tea! I was warned that this would happen! In all seriousness, one thing that I would say here is that I found the bergamot taste to be less strong in this tea than it was in the Equal Exchange blend, so if you’re into a more subtle Earl Grey taste then this might be the tea for you. 5/5!!!!!!
Anyway, that's a wrap for round one. That sure was fun. Please do not take these tea reviews at face value. What do I really know after all? I’m just some rando with a blog.