Fun fact - 68% of U.S. adults drink freshly brewed hot tea! I absolutely love tea but oddly do not drink it often enough. I'm sure you noticed yesterday that one of my goals this year is to learn more about tea and drink it more often so I was pretty damned excited when I was presented with this rare opportunity.
Not only try a premium line of teas but to speak with the founder, who successfully landed a deal on my favorite TV show, "Shark Tank!"
Colder weather and warmer layers have finally reached us here in Southern California. Lord knows my ailing body these last few weeks have needed some tea... Simply put, I think Talbott Teas is my new favorite tea. At the very least, I am completely obsessed with their Green Tea - a tea flavor I could previously take or leave (I am primarily a black tea devotee). Talbott takes relaxation seriously; as an art form. "Your cup is their canvas" — that is why each unique variety has the power to transform, to inspire and to comfort.
If I can't convince you to try it, I bet Oprah can. It's been named one of her favorite things!
I'm often skeptical of loose leaf teas. Mostly because - to be candid - I'm lazy. I wanna put the pouch in my cup and be done with it. But the second I started opening the Talbott canisters, I was transported. The aromas are heavenly. No joke, guys. And Talbott makes it super easy anyway. Have a look at the little set they sent -- a spoon that is the exact serving size, pouches to put the tea into, honey sticks. These are all things you can order from their site to jump right in. And you should.
The red canister, Cocoa Cardamon Seduction, was a new flavor for me. I liked it but it would be a treat tea; not something I'd go for every morning. The Orange Creme Dreams was a big hit - I do enjoy citrus flavored teas. But the green was easily my favorite. I will never again associate green tea with the weak stuff you get at Chinese restaurants. This was aromatic and rich in flavor. Vanilla and strawberries came out to me. It was addicting. It's coming with me to work every morning. If you want to try it, or any of their other flavors or products, click here.
Of course, I first heard of Talbott Teas when they appeared on "Shark Tank" and was excited when he agreed to speak with me! AAAAAAAH! Finally, I could ask someone with intimate knowledge about Kevin O'Leary and what it is really like in that room!
Talbott Teas founder, Shane Talbott
Q: As your background is in the salon/spa industry and this tea is nothing if not indulgent and decadent, all that aside, what are some of your other favorite ways to pamper yourself?
A: With my familiarity of salon and spa environment my two favorite things to indulge in are a hot stone massage and a spa pedicure. The hot stone massage is one of the best ways to work out all those tense areas that creep up during Chicago's extreme winter weather. A spa pedicure is different than a traditional pedicure in that it usually includes a good massage of your feet and calves, versus the classic "get the job done" pedicure that can be relatively quick. After a spa pedicure I feel like I am walking on air and I find it so relaxing.
Q: Which are your favorite Talbott Teas?
A: I love chai teas so my favorites are the teas with complex flavors and spices. I love Cocoa Cardamom Seduction, and Steamy Cinnamon Rose. Both are black teas with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and have incredible aroma and depth of flavor.
Q: Ok, "Shark Tank" is my favorite so I simply must ask -- what are your emotions really like when you're in the Tank? You were so calm and poised but what's happening internally?
A: Let me tell you it was completely nerve wrecking! We were SO nervous, but I think what helped the most is that we really prepared ourselves before presenting to the Sharks. A great thing we did was assemble a few of our friends and asked them to come to our home, line up and pretend to be Sharks while we presented to them. It was surprisingly hard! They were great at throwing tough questions at us and it helped us to have the answer ready.
Q: How has it been working with Kevin O'Leary? Is he just as "wonderful" as he claims to be?
A: Well, as long as everybody is making money, then "Mr. Wonderful" is wonderful! I think we were very fortunate that Kevin saw the potential in Talbott Teas and when we immediately started seeing success it turned out to be a great business relationship.
Q: What do you find most people don't know about tea?
A: There are so many different kinds of tea, like green tea, black tea, white tea, and most people dont realize how much of a difference it makes how long you brew the tea and the temperature of the water. You can take the same tea and brew it with different times and temperature and end up with totally different results. I think that is why tea lovers are tea lovers, the fact that each experience can me so unique.
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Indeed. Please count me among the tea lovers and Talbott Tea lovers of the world. I can't thank Shane enough for his time and for his wonderful line of teas. I wish him the best of luck on his new adventure, working with Jamba Juice as their VP of Innovations. (Jamba revently acquired Talbott Teas - so exciting!)
Disclosure: I was provided with product in exchange for my honest review. I was also provided with patience as my lung plague delayed this review and post. And lastly, I was provided with the amazing opportunity to interview Mr. Talbott for which I am extremely grateful!