• Lisa Hodorovych

Teatime with Mrs. Joho - Review of 2021's National Hot Tea Month

On January 1, 2021, I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight and I didn’t shout from the mountain tops that this was going to be my year. No, instead I sat down and enjoyed my first of 31 cups of tea I would be trying throughout the month. Why? Because January is National Hot Tea Month!


I can’t remember when exactly, but in 2020, my publisher and friend, Colette of Serial Writer Productions, posted on Facebook something about January being National Hot Tea Month. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought to myself, “There’s not just a day dedicated to this amazing and beneficial drink, but an entire month?! I must celebrate it!”


That’s when I started listing the teas I had and asked around for ones I should be trying.

Thankfully, by the time January 1st rolled around, I had 31 teas listed to try and then some. At least my list has already started for next year!


Following the same outline I’m doing for the Twinings sample box article, I will do brief discussions under each tea instead of writing 31 separate articles and linking them to this one. I will first give my initial reaction from when I originally tried it (which I’ll pretty much take from my posts on social media) and then I’ll give my final take when I try it again.


Make sure to check back here to see which tea I had and gave my final reaction to.


If you’ve had any of these teas (or all of them), I would love to hear what you think. If there’s a tea you love and don’t see it on this list, please tell me about it, so I can add it for next year. You can do so by contacting me at qtwreviews@gmail.com. Also, don’t forget, I'm not getting paid to promote any of these products or any articles that may be used in this post. To learn more, please check out my Policies page. Lastly, any photos used in this post are mine, unless noted.


Take care and drink on!


National Hot Tea Month - January 2021


Barry's Tea - Irish Breakfast

Initial Reaction: Now, I will admit that when my buddy, Marc, recommended this tea to me I was a little hesitant in trying it. Sometime ago, I had black tea from England that I did not enjoy at all. However, after taking the first sip of this tea, I was definitely proven wrong! (Maybe because it was from Ireland! Haha! Just kidding!) It still had that burnt/bitterness taste of black tea, but it wasn’t overpowering. And I got a nice little jolt from it!


Final Take: I love this tea! I mainly drink it when I need to wake up and get work done after a sleepless/restless night because it does just that, it wakes me up! According to an article on TeaPursuit.com, the types of black teas used in Irish Breakfast are stronger than its English counterpart. This means it has “a stronger amount of caffeine” in it, but it has some other great benefits as well including: lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, strengthening your immune system, and improving blood circulation.


However, this isn’t the only reason why I love this tea. I love it because it also reminds me of my time in England. My tea drinking journey didn’t start until after I studied abroad in England, unfortunately, but I do remember the smell during teatime. Barry’s Irish Breakfast tea always brings me back to such a wonderful time in my life!


Bigelow Lavender Chamomile Plus Probiotics

Initial Reaction: As I stated before, I love chamomile tea, but Bigelow “kicked it up a notch” by adding lavender and probiotics to this already amazing tea. Now, I have always loved the smell of lavender, but I never knew it was an edible flower until maybe a couple of years ago. (I know, I’ve been living under a rock!) If you love the smell of lavender, then you’ll most likely love its taste as they match. This tea was so good, and I’ve been enjoying it again and again since trying it.

This tea I tried thanks to a recommendation from a good friend of mine.


Final Take: This has become my go-to tea at night right before bed. It helps me relax, it helps me fall asleep pretty quickly, and it helps me sleep through the night. I truly notice a difference from when I do drink it to when I don’t and – excuse the pun – it’s night and day. The combination of the chamomile flower with lavender is not only delicious, but very beneficial; especially to aid with sleeping (obviously) and your mood. However, with Bigelow adding probiotics to this tea, it has the extra benefits of aiding with your gut health.


Tazo Zen


*This tea I did write a post about with my reaction to it and its amazing benefits. Please check it out here.*