|Bingley's Teas from my brother-in-law/wishlist|
This year was no exception with two great tea gifts: one straight from said wish-list and one that I didn't even know existed - and maybe still a little unsure as to why it does.
Right off the Barb's TEA Shop Wish List 2012, my brother-in-law surprised me with a great selection of Bingley's Teas, the teas that are inspired by Jane Austen characters.
|Elinor's Heart, a sensible black tea|
Of those teas, Elinor's Heart - named after Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility - is a no-nonsense black tea that won't disappoint. For a full review of this tea, see The Detroit Tea Examiner's Elinor's Heart: A sensible black tea from Bingley's Tea.
|How I play scrabble: fully accessorized and with a tea cosy|
Another tea gift I received on Christmas day was the tea cosy from Mastrad. This unique item came from my husband, Chris. Mastrad is a French company and in its native country, this tea cosy is called "chapeau the'"(literal translation: tea hat). That name seems appropriate as it is a covering for your tea cup, that, like a hat, rests on top to keep the contents below warm.
My husband purchased the tea cosy at Sur la Table at the Somerset Collection, but you can also buy it directly on-line from Mastrad.
Have you been feeling the need for a device that
|Insert tea bag in the slit of the silicone tea cosy|
|The tea hat serves as holder for the tea bag and later, as a warmer|
For a more in-depth look on the Tea Cosy from Mastrad, see The Detroit Tea Examiner's review, Mastrad's tea cup cosy: A solution in need of a problem?
Here at Barb's TEA Shop, we enjoyed all our tea gifts as well as non-tea-related gifts.
An embarrassment of riches, it was a "treasure bath" (credit to my brother and Mel Brooks) of jewelry, books, chocolate, theater tickets, embroidered towels and so much more. A cliche, but even more importantly, a time with family and friends that couldn't be beat.
Here's hoping you got something off your wish list and - maybe even better - something completely unexpected!