It is always with a sense of joy that I open the parcel from my favourite tea shop. Apart from the comfort of knowing I will have enough French Earl Grey to keep me going for another month or two, I will find a few more surprises in the parcel. This time they have included "Jasmine with Flowers" - "A mild green tea blended with beautiful Jasmine flowers", and "Golden Yunan". The latter is a Black Tea, and is described as "A superb quality of nice tippy leaf with a soft 'baky' flavour."
Over time, they have introduced me to a variety of teas and infusions. Their Bowral Blend is very similar to French Earl Grey, but includes a hint of rhubarb. Although not immediately identifiable as such, it adds an extra layer, and a subtle lightness to the bergamot, cornflowers, rosebuds and calendula in this black tea.
I am a fan of perfumed teas, but I know many of my friends and family are not, therefore my pantry is a small subset of a tea store. You will find teabags, amongst the selection of loose teas, many of which are purchased from A Touch of Tea in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands.
Although only a small store in Boolwey Street, Bowral, it is packed full of everything to do with Tea. There's not much room to move, but there is plenty to choose from, whether it's for you or a gift.
When most people think of tea, they choose a simple black tea like English Breakfast, and it's more often than not brewed from a Tea Bag. It's much nicer and generally more cost-effective to use loose tea and make it in a pot.
Walking into A Touch of Tea is like going on the road to discovery. As well as a wide range of black tea, white tea and green tea, the range of blended teas, flavoured teas, and Chinese, African & Indian teas are extensive. There are infusions that can be served hot or cold, and several herbal teas too.
If tea is not your preferred beverage, an infusion might be. There are always a few sample brews waiting to be taste-tested.
A Touch of Tea has had an Online Shop for several years. Whilst during 2020's COVID constraints you might not be able to get to Bowral to see their range, their Online Shop has almost any tea you might want. When it comes to cups, teapots and accessories, the website might not have everything they have on the shelf but does have a good selection, and I've never had trouble reaching them by telephone if I've had a question.