My daughter Gracie and I were treated to a tea tasting at Winterbloom Tea.
Okay, now I am spilling the tea about our trip to Winterbloom Tea in Fayetteville, North Carolina. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when Melody from the visitor’s center arranged for us to have a tea tasting. I just knew that this was something that Gracie would totally love. She is the tea drinker in my family. I was just along for the ride.
So we arrived at Winterbloom Tea which located in Historic Downtown Fayetteville. It is a cute little shop where it seems like everyone knows everyone else. It almost reminds me of the television show “ Cheers”, you know where everyone knows your name. It is so friendly.
Funny story- when Gracie and I were walking into the tea shop we almost collided with this random guy. ( Or so we thought he was a random guy.) So after the near miss, we entered the shop, we walked to the counter and asked for Josh, the owner and the person Melody told us to ask for. The guy at the counter said he just stepped and he will back in a minute. So we take a seat and wait. A few minutes later, the random guy walks up to us and says so “You are here for the Winterbloom experience.” We were like okay – so the random guy wasn’t a random guy, after all, it was Josh the owner. I mean seriously folks how funny is that?
So we walk back over to the counter and Josh starts to ask us all these questions like how are you feeling? What kind of teas do you like? Sweet or not sweet tea? Caffeine or no caffeine? To get a feel for the kind of tea we might like. He then took down a couple of teas for us to smell to see what spoke to each of us. Both Gracie and I decided to each get something different so we can taste what the other had. We opted to both get cold teas because even in April in North Carolina the weather can be stifling.
The tea that spoke to Gracie was Papaya Paradise. It was pretty good. I took several sips from her and we did end up buying a bag of this to take home with us.
But Y’all I have to tell you about my tea, you ain’t gonna believe it but the tea I selected Coconut Island tasted just like ice cream. Seriously, folks just like ice cream. You better believe that some of that tea went home with me. I have had it several times since then and it is still just as good.
After we got our tea, instead of exploring more of downtown like we had planned we decided to hang out there and just sit and listen to the conversations. Josh told us how he got started in the tea business and about the different kinds of teas. I know I mentioned the television show “Cheers” in this post but after visiting for the third time (Yes you read that right 3 times and counting.) I have come to the conclusion that Winterbloom Tea is more like Central Perk from “Friends’’ just a great place to hang out and spend an hour or two. It is just so calming and relaxing. And as Gracie said the aesthetic is on point for the store.
So do yourself a favor, if you are ever in downtown Historic Fayetteville on Hay Street, make sure you stop by and give Winterbloom Tea a try, you won’t regret it. Not only is the tea amazing, but Josh the owner really makes you feel at home. Just this past weekend we went back to Fayetteville just so that we could get our tea fix and yes we brought back some more tea, just different flavors this time.