August 2022 Tea Basket

This weekend I updated my tea inventory list and discovered I have over 150 different teas in my tea stash, and I am always adding more in the form of teas from my subscriptions and random teas I find when I am out and about. While tea doesn’t go bad if you store it properly, it does lose its flavor over time, so I want to make sure I am rotating the teas I use. I do this by pulling teas for a tea basket the last weekend of every month.

A tea basket is all the teas I want to concentrate on drinking over the course of the month. I try to include a lot of different brands, flavors and types of tea. I also try to pull older teas from my stash and teas that only have one or two cups left in them. I also try to put one or two teas in the basket that are just teas I love. I originally saw the basket idea on Free Spirited Sara’s you tube channel and thought it was a great way to make sure I was rotating my teas.

This month’s tea basket includes:

  1. Raspberry Ganche black tea by Tea Forte. I bought this tea for my 52nd birthday in December. I love its chocolatey flavor. I am including it my tea basket because, even though I love it, it tends to get over-looked in when I am constantly trying new teas.
  2. Havakai Frost Tea by Harney and Sons. I got this tea in my monthly subscription a few months ago. It is one of the most unusual teas I have ever drank and it is one of my all-time favorites. I want to spend some time experimenting with different brewing methods and just enjoy this tea more frequently.
  3. Porch Sippin Pecan, Strawberry Rhubarb Oolong and Placid Orange Black by Plum Deluxe. I got these teas for making iced tea this summer. Now that the iced tea season is winding down, I just want to make sure I use them up, so they don’t sit in my stash all winter.
  4. I have several teas from several companies in my basket that I want to brew in my Gaiwan so I am going to set aside some time to do that. Brewing tea in a Gaiwan is supposed to bring out different aromas and flavors in the tea. I want to experiment that.
  5. This month I cancelled one of my subscriptions, so I put all my teas from this month and a few leftovers from previous boxes. I want to make sure to use these teas, so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.
  6. I also pulled a lot of tea bags from my stash. I have no issue with drinking tea from tea bags, but I prefer loose leaf tea so tend to go for that first. I want to make sure I am using my teabags as well.

These are just some of the teas I will be drinking this month. How many do you think I can get through by the last weekend in August? I’ll let you know.