Thank you very, very much to those of you who voted in last week’s Happy 4753! poll. Your input was extremely helpful and i really appreciate it. :) People said they enjoy reading my Tea Excursions, and when i first came up with the idea i had really meant to do these at least once a month. Alas, life often gets in the way.
In response, although it breaks with my long standing convention to not to report on the same vendor twice in one week (so as not to bore you), for the sake of capturing the Excursion while it’s fresh in my mind, today I’ll take you on a quick trip to Birmingham, Michigan. For those of you who’ve never visited before, be warned: if you don’t wish to pay for parking (and really, who does?), you may be looking at getting some exercise in.
A couple weeks ago now on Christmas Eve, my friend Eli posted an Instagram photo of one of his shop’s gift shelves. I didn’t pay much attention until the following week when i had little to do but scroll through my feeds. Let’s see if you can tell what it was that grabbed my attention (someone has a great photographic eye ;).
You may or may not remember as this was a while back, but in April I reviewed Eli’s Hawaiian Black Cliff. Although it didn’t score very high with my rating system at the time, my concluding remarks stated that, “Hawaiian Black Cliff is one of the rarest teas I’ve ever tasted, and easily one of the best tasting.” Suffice it to say, when i spotted that tin of Hawaiian Reserve Green i knew i needed to get my grubby journalistic paws on it. Unfortunately Birmingham is quite a jaunt and as this was a Sunday, Google Maps Navigate informed me in no uncertain terms (with a popup even) that “The business you are navigating to will be closed by the time you arrive.” o.0;; Software that’s almost too sophisticated. Gotta love the augmented world. I digress. The next day was a horrible ice storm and i found myself loath to venture past my front door. The day after i forgot and then i simply became too busy until just yesterday.
Amusingly there really wasn’t much in the way of teas for me to buy this time around. It turns out i’ve tried almost everything or have it sealed and waiting for a future review already. Fortunately i was able to procure some of that enticing Hawaiian Reserve Green before it vanished (review forthcoming), as well two of Eli’s special blends/local favorites among his clients (which i had ironically been putting off): Green Green Ginger and Rhodiola for Mental Clarity Tea. Additionally, Eli’s staff is almost always posing for Instagram shots in one of these cute Eli Tea-shirts and i’ve been jealous, so i snatched up one of those too. xD
Since I’ve run out of things to buy, I guess this marks the last Excursion to Eli Tea i take for a while. However, he has some very fun and interesting events planned for the coming year, so I’ll do my best to cover those.
I always wondered how they’re able to make those exotic lattes and bubble teas so fast. xD Bamboo for New Years!
Please don’t try this at home. I am a professional jackass.