Monday, May 18, 2015

A Distinctly Bookish Tea!

As longtime readers may know, I'm a big tea drinker as well as a reader -- "tea & books" is one of the best combos I can think of.

Last year, I worked with our local tea store, Distinctly Tea, to develop an Evergreen Tea Blend in celebration of the Ontario Library Association's Evergreen Award (part of the Forest of Reading). It was a special "Evergreen" blend made up of organic green tea with a touch of piney, smokey Lapsang Souchong. It's the signature blend, but it's also one that divides tea drinkers into those who love lapsang and those who really, really don't. (I love this blend by the way, and it's still available)

This year, thanks to the continued enthusiasm of Dianne Krempien, tea sommelier and owner of Distinctly Tea, we've created a new blend. Introducing....

Evergreen      OWL   Blend           Orange With Lime    Tea

(Orange With Lime Rooibos blend)

It's $10 for the 75 gram tin; it is a delicious, fruity non-caffeinated blend that smells absolutely luscious. I can attest to its yum factor both as a hot tea and as iced tea. And because it's non-caffeinated while being revivifying, you can have it day and night, and it's great for kids too. (tea party, anyone?) And don't forget to check out the Ontario Library Association's 2015 Evergreen Nominees for some fantastic reading suggestions to go along with your tea.

Distinctly Tea ships outside of Canada, and are generously donating 30% of sales to my library. Celebrating great reading with a marvellous tea, how could it be better? I encourage you to take a look -- order online or use it as a reason to come and visit Stratford!

But be sure to say hello if you do ;)


  1. I enjoy tea as well, usually in the afternoon or evening (the morning is coffee time). How wonderful that you help design these special teas. They sound terrific!

    1. I'm mostly a tea drinker, though coffee on those mornings when it's hard to get going is a must ;)

      It's so much fun creating these blends. Distinctly Tea is a great local business that is wonderful to work with - such nice & creative people!

    2. It does sound like fun, Melwyk. I think I would truly enjoy it as well. :)

  2. I've ordered last years blend, plus some others. Thanks for posting this.

    1. Wonderful! I hope you like it as much as I do.

  3. Sounds just delicious and of course the bookishness is irresistible!


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