Bird's Eye Tea recently sent me a box of samples to review. I'm always eager to support a small business, and this one is in my neck of the woods. One of my favorite things about these samples was the hand labeling. In the picture above and below, I'm drinking the Honeybush Spice. It's a delicious and sweet cup, though no sweetener is added. The sweetness comes from the honeybush itself, and balances well with the other warming spices. I've also tasted the Xocotal which is unlike any hot chocolate I've ever had! It's made of raw cacao, rose petals, chamomile, spearmint, ginger, cinnamon, star anise, chipotle powder and roasted cacao nibs. Per the instructions, I steeped it, added some warm milk and then a bit of sweetener. (I used just a touch of agave.) It was really good! Bird's Eye Tea offers these two herbal blends along with others as a tea-of-the-month arrangement. See the website for more details. I'm sending best wishes to this small, woman-run business.
Two Leaves Tea Company also recently sent me a sachet sampler pack. It came with 18 tea sachets, samples from the entire line. About half of these sachets are herbal teas, and I've been enjoying them in the evening. This would make a nice gift for someone who appreciates herbal teas or is beginning to expand his/her knowledge of of teas. It's priced right at $14.95
Got any perfect herbal tea gifts to recommend?