I know I've been rather quiet lately, but the last few weeks have been incredibly busy. I took my yearly trip to visit my family in Arkansas, which was mostly rained out. As a result I spent the week cuddled up with my little guy while he watched movies and I caught up on some reading. If any of you are looking for a good book to read and enjoy reading about natural disasters, I'll highly recommend We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly (which comes out later this month.) I found the author's portrayal of how differently people react in the face of a crisis absolutely fascinating. Just in case you decide to pick it up I want to offer some advice: don't read it in the middle of a storm (especially if you happen to be spending time with your family in a cabin, in the woods, in the middle of nowhere.) This book has the tendency to really mess with your mind, although not quite as much as The Last One by Alexandra Oliva. I was almost to the end of the book before I caught on to what was happening and it completely blew my mind. If Zombies meets Survivor with a little bit of The Stand thrown in for good measure sounds like your thing, then you'll enjoy The Last One—it's a really unique take on the zombie apocalypse (and lets be honest, who doesn't love a good book about zombies?)
Ok, enough of the summer reading suggestions... if I keep going I'll never get around to what you really stopped by for.
Now that I'm home from vacation I'm ready to (grudgingly) put down my books and get back to work, which means it's time to dip into the samples that Angel from TeaVivre sent me. I'm a huge fan of their teas (and have reviewed quite a few of them over the years,) which is why I'm excited to share one of their new Spring offerings—an Organic Bai Hao green tea from Guangxi, China. The flavor of this tea is on the mild side and reminds me somewhat of sweetcorn. I find the hint of natural sweetness and smooth, creamy texture appealing as an iced tea, especially since it lacks the bitterness and astringency that many other green teas have. During the summer I typically avoid the more bitter or astringent teas because they tend to leave me with a dry mouth, something I really want to avoid in the summer heat. If you're looking for something uncomplicated, that is good for paring with meals, then this is an excellent choice.
Would I order this again? Yes. This tea makes a wonderful summertime staple!
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Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 2 teaspoons or 2g per 8.8 ounces
Water Temp: 194°F
Steep Time: 3 - 5 minutes
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that TeaVivre has provided me with a sample for review purposes. Advance copies of We Are Unprepared and The Last One were also provided for review purposes through NetGalley. As always, all opinions are my own.