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!