My cousin Rae had lunch at the White Oak Tea Tavern near her home in Virginia and thought of me. She graciously bought and mailed me a tin of their lovely tea along with a heartfelt note written on a tea-themed card. Does she know me, or what?
If I ever get to Virginia again, this looks like a wonderful place to visit! I love the “pub” feel and their menu and wide selection of teas looks wonderful. Cozy and comforting comes to mind when I look at the photos on their website.
Now, for the tea! Rae sent me a tin of their premium black tea flavored with peach and ginger. I’m not much of a fruity-flavored tea lover, but the description indicated the peach was “mellow” and there is a “soft spice of ginger root.”
The tea leaves themselves create a rich presentation upon opening the tin. The label indicates it makes a great iced tea, but since it was so chilly this evening I opted for hot tea. Their packaging on the tins is charming as well.
While steeping, the leaves came alive and they produced a lovely, caramel-colored brew that was delightful with subtle hints of peach, not overly fruity. I can see how this would make a wonderful iced tea.
I’m touched my cousin thinks of me and sends me little goodies. She’s a very caring and thoughtful person. We should all be so selfless.
2 thoughts on “A Thoughtful Tea”
I do hope you will visit VA again. I would love to share the White Oak Tea Tavern experience with you. Their menu items are delicious and very filling. Of course, the teas are wonderful. (I try a different one every time I go there!) Your description of the place was spot on.
Though I love peaches, like you I’m not overly fond of fruity teas. “Subtle hints of peach” might go well with some very plain and unsweet shortbread.