Last week I prepped my brain and body by bringing my fav tea’s with me as I waited in line at the Hot Docs film festival and for my 90 minute theatre viewing jaunts. What better way to celebrate a International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto than with your fav cup of tea in hand. Who needs wine?
For the last ten days it’s been pretty warm in Toronto but the theatres have been cool. Armed with my trusty tea traveller mug I have seen sampling loads of teas in my stash. My favourite of the moment are No. 24 Big Hibiscus from Smith Tea and Amour de Thé from TWG Tea and the Urban Tea Merchant.
No. 24 Big Hibiscus from Smith Tea
The cabernet of hibiscus teas. We join luscious red hibiscus with Indian sarsaparilla, ginger, pink rose petals, and elderflowers from Europe. Deep red, complex, nuanced and caffeine free, this tea almost needs a corkscrew.
Hibiscus flowers, Indian sarsaparilla root, ginger root, natural flavors, rose petals, elderflowers and lemon myrtle.
For best flavor, bring freshly drawn filtered water to a boil. Steep five minutes. If possible, play a little Django Reinhardt softly in the background.
Review: I really liked this herbal tea to carry me through in line. Its light and a perfect pick me up coming off the subway from the trek into the city. I love the tones of ginger, pink rose petals, and elderflowers. They really kept me alert and focused for my films.
Amour de Thé from TWG Tea and the Urban Tea Merchant
This sensual TWG Tea Darjeeling is blended with delicate rose blossoms and leaves of pure gold. An enchanting potion.
Review: I appreciated drinking this tea during the film. Adding a dash of milk into my mug created an even more soothing tone when relaxing and taking in some emotionally heavy documentaries. Rose blossoms and a milky tea is a girl’s best mate in a darkened theatre.