I’m brewing a cuppa’ as I type, which along with Monica‘s post, reminded me that I need to post week two’s discussion points…
Tell us about your favorite teas. Do you prefer black, green, white, red, or “herbal”? Do you like added flavors such as fruit, flowers, vanilla, chocolate, or spices, or are you a “purist”?
If I had to choose just one tea to drink for the rest of my life, hands down, it would have to be an Earl Grey. It was my first tea, and I guess first loves really do stick with you. (Y’all know I married my third-grade sweetheart, right?) The Harney & Sons shown on the left is one often in my cupboard, but I also confess to having the best and kindest friends ever, so the precise brand varies.
But preferences? Stay away from the red “rooibos” tea, and I’m game for most anything.
I don’t like vanilla so much, but I do love chocolate mint teas. In fact, I’m sipping one now.
White teas, I like with a fruity twist. Trader Joe’s makes a great pomegranate white tea. It’s a tea BAG! While I am a tea snob and prefer loose teas, I’m not going to deny that tea bags have a place in my life, and this is one of them.
Green teas? It’s all in the brewing. Frankly, I only know of one other person who can brew the perfect cuppa’ for me, and that’s because she educated me in the delights that come from using the right water temperature and brewing times, especially for white and green teas.
That’s my secret to the perfect tea, every time. The Knight produces a perfect cuppa’ too, thanks to this baby. He just has to figure out if it’s a white tea (there’s a Sharpie mark on my pot at home where I’ve found just the right brewing temperature), green (again, a mark in that green region near center on the dial), or black (of course! a mark in the brown region). That, and head for the low end of the recommended brewing time, and I’m all set.
Herbals have their place in my life. Sissy comes by her love of peppermints naturally erm, through me. Celestial Seasonings Tummy Mint has been a staple in my tea cabinet for as long as I can remember. I’m pretty sure I found it as an adult, out on my own, but I can’t recall when I was introduced to this balm. I also keep plain ol’ peppermint, chamomille, something lemon, something orange and some version of a bring on the sleep tea in the cabinet.
Flowers. On the table or in the garden, but not in my teas. The fancy “art” teas like this are the worst. It might make a neat centerpiece if I cared to sort out the details, but I’ve tried several brands, assorted varieties, and I just don’t like ’em. Harney’s Chinese Flower loose tea is the sole exception. It is one of a handful of teas that I always have on hand.
I do like to try new teas. The Knight knows he can score brownie points for pointing out and/or purchasing teas that fit the above criteria. This time of year, a good find will require a double purchase, because it needs to be on hand at home and at work.
Well, I’m sure that’s quite enough of my babble about tea. Please feel free to join in, for a single topic or for all of Hot Tea Month, over at the blog! Don’t forget to link in if you do post!