Friday, October 20, 2006

"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea." ~ Bernard-Paul Heroux

It's probably only a coincidence that I have a collection of 17 teapots and 17 different types of tea as of this writing. I generally have more tea than that!

Shortly after Amanda moved back out from Kentucky, we took up the habit of having an evening cup of tea together while watching TV on chilly Fall and Winter nights. I find it to be a very soothing and relaxing way to end the day as well as warm up a little bit. With the long winter nights fast approaching, it's time to break out the teacups and start sharing an evening spot of tea once again.

Even though there is nothing like a hot cup of plain ole' black tea, there are so many flavored ones out there now that it's sometimes very hard to decide which one to try next. Between Bigelow, Lipton, Tetley, Celestial Seasonings, etc. there are probably well over 100 different types to choose from.

Some of our favorites are Honey Vanilla Chamomile Herb, Imperial White Peach, Sleepytime, Red Zinger, Tension Tamer, and Madagascar Vanilla Red. I've recently branched out into the Thai teas and have found a vanilla chai that is absolutely fantastic and going fast. One of Amanda's new favorites is a tea by Lipton that comes in a pyramid-shaped bag that reportedly allows more of the tea's flavor through as well as being "totally cool". We've tried the Red with Strawberry & Passionfruit but the one I really want to get is the Vanilla Caramel Truffle flavor that sounds totally YUM!

While sharing a cup of tea in the evening gives Amanda and I a chance to spend a little time together and catch up with each other, it also provides added benefits in that tea combats heart disease, lowers cholesterol and staves off several types of cancer while protecting skin and strengthening bones and teeth. All that while giving our minds a chance to relax a little and wind down after all of the various stressors of the day! Not a bad deal at all if you ask me!

And on top of that it's all just so downright civilized! Just be sure to extend that pinkie finger while sipping!

5 comments:

  1. Quite funny and ironic Linda, that as I find myself reading this post I am also sipping the first cup of tea I have had in close to a year. I like it, but with all the coffee we tend to drink in our preofession I just never seem to drink it. However today I noticed that Erik had brought in a box of Celestial Seasonings fruit Sampler teas and I must say this cup of Cranberry Apple tastes quite Yummy and "fall-like"

    :)

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  2. Puh-leese! It is sacrilegious to lump herbal teas in with the real thing. If tea doesn't contain a hefty dose of regular black or green tea leaves, it's a soft drink, not tea IMHO. Besides, those health benefits noted only kick in when your cuppa has either black or green REAL tea leaves. Sure, chamomile can calm you, Valerian can knock you out, and so on....but I can get those benefits by taking the stuff in a capsule. Honestly, I have yet to find an herbal tea that has the full, robust flavor of a nice Earl Grey. I DO want to try out the Lipton Pyramids, though!

    Y'all can have the Celestial Seasonings stuff and all of its cousins. Personally, I'll take a steaming mug 'o coffee if warmth is called for. I say save the REAL tea for the nectar of the Gods,,,sweet iced tea in a Mason jar. Mama didn't come from Alabama with her teapot on her knee for nothing. In a nod to East Cost sensibility, I'll try to remember to consume my icy Lipton with my pinky at full mast.

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  3. going to give tea a try tonight. I heard that it has more caffiene than coffee though.

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  4. A cup of tea, a comfy couch (complete with comforter & pillows), and an intriguing novel are a few of the things instrumental in surviving New England after the first October frost. As a third generation "Swamp Yankee" decended from English and Irish stock, I am a bit "old school" about my tea. It has to be black with honey (just a smidge, and the only deviation is the cup. In my world, tea is allowed in coffee cups (preferably my NE Air Museum), and the pinky does NOT have to be extended (the cup's too heavy!). I only tried flavored teas once to impress a girl (long before Melissa!), and ended up being unimpressed myself (with the tea AND the girl!). Nice blog, Linda - so appropriate for the fall!

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  5. Hey Bulldog....

    I'm about as English/Irish as they come (Northern Irish at that-Co. Antrim--talk about a split personality); appreciation of hot tea would take precedence over coffee any day had I not married a fella who prefers the darker brew and/or had dispatching not found me (as Linda notes, the coffee is practically a job requirement). I was raised by ladies who made Dixie's icy soda substitute a part of my life from day one. That stuck even when hot tea yielded to my husband's preference and my laziness (making a pot 'o something different would be..work!). Nonetheless, Linda's words are inspirational, and I think I'll take your suggestion for a bit of honey in my Earl Gray. It's cold today, I have an appropriately weird/thought provoking novel, and just bought new pillows. If it all works out, my better half will be met at the door with a mug of something different tonight. Wish me luck

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