The nights are starting to be a wee bit chilly now that we are heading full force into Autumn here in New England. ’Tis the time for oversized woolen sweaters, cinnamon sticks, and cuddling up with a good book warmed by the radiating heat of the wood stove. I’ve even begun seeing a few pockets of bright orange and red poking their way through the trees that are still trying to hold on to the dog days of summer that were so few and far between this year. One of my favorite things about coming into Autumn is my almost daily routine of drinking tea.
You see, I LOVE tea. And I’m not just talking about the plain old boring stuff you get for only $2.00 a box in the grocery store. I am talking about tea that isn’t bitter, but that you can savour sip by everlastingly flavorful sip. Most people think tea must consist only of tea leaves, but to think so is to be a bit naïve about the world of tea. Tea can be made from just about anything. For example, I made tea from fresh lemon balm a while back, which I enjoyed immensely. Many herbal teas include flowers or spices or other great additions that can create a little glass of heaven when some hot water is added.
So far my newest favorite tea is this blend from Teavana, which is a mixture of the Sweet Amore Rooibos and Strawberry Paraiso White teas. The rooibos tea has the perfect blend of all of my favorite fall flavors – cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, it’s wonderful. The white tea, however, is very fruity, with flower petals, actual dried strawberries, and other fruits that look like candied dates. But what really surprised me was the popcorn! I still have no idea really why there is popcorn in this tea blend? What flavor does it impart? I’m not really sure. But either way, the combination of these two flavor blends is amazing – perfectly relaxing and calming with the right blend of warm Fall spices and refreshing fruity and flowery aromatics.
Brewing tea is very simple. The main trick is to use good quality whole leaves, and don’t overbrew it. Other than that, it really takes little effort at all, and you can be instantly transformed into a place in my mind full of Zen-like tranquility. Ah another relaxing night with my favorite tea, a great evening!
How to brew the perfect cup of tea:
1. Buy your favorite loose leaf tea.
2. Start heating up some water in a tea kettle. Let the water in the tea kettle heat up to the proper temperature – you NEVER want to pour boiling water directly onto your tea unless you are brewing a black tea – otherwise you will release too much of the tannins and the tea will taste bitter.
3. Have your tea pot ready. Pour a little of the hot water into the pot, and then add your tea leaves, either into a mesh container or directly into the pot if your tea pot has a strainer on the spout. Use a healthy sized pinch per cup of tea. By adding the water first you will help the leaves wet and start releasing flavor better.
4. Pour the rest of the hot water into the pot. Let steep for the appropriate time depending on the type of tea.
5. Pour into tea cup and serve. Add a bit of sugar or honey to sweeten, or some steamed milk (which is especially good with chai)
P.S. This post was not endorsed in any way by Teavana or Amazon. All opinions are my own, I received no compensation whatsoever from providing such a post or my opinions.