With fall fast approaching, I'm looking forward to those days where I can curl up on the couch with a good book and a steaming hot cup of tea* while staring out the window at the gray sky and watch the rain fall.
My grandmother was Scottish and emigrated to Canada at a young age, so my mum's side of the family is mostly Canadian. As a result, tea was always a staple in our household. When I was little, my mum and I would sip tea together and I felt so sophisticated! One Christmas, she took my brothers and me to the Tea Room at the Four Seasons (now the Fairmont Olympic Hotel) in Seattle for a full tea service and I was in heaven. When we were sick, she would make us lemon tea with honey and throw a shot of brandy in there to knock us out. (No wonder I'm such a lush now!)
During my senior year in high school, I traveled to Ireland and England and one of the things I most looked forward to on that trip was the tea. Everyone told me the tea just tastes better there. And my god it does. Even the crappy tea in the styrofoam cup on the airplane tasted better! I drank tea on that trip like it was going out of style and brought pounds and pounds of loose leaf back with me.
My love affair with tea has continued to grow as I've gotten older. Even though I usually stick with the classics (black, green and white tea), I'm always on the hunt for new teas. I buy most of my tea in bulk, loose leaf form from Market Spice Tea in Pike Place Market but I've found a few varieties at Teavana and other specialty tea shops that I love. I also live across the street from Cost Plus, which has a great selection of both bagged and loose leaf teas.
I like to steep my tea for a long time so it gets that extra strong, earthy, almost bitter flavor. I drink it extra hot, usually with no sugar or milk. With certain teas, I'll add a splash of lemon juice.
Do you like tea? What are your favorite types of teas and how do you drink them?
*Please do not infer from this post that I don't like coffee. I love coffee. I also live in Seattle where it's required by law to drink a minimum of 3 specialty coffee beverages per day. I fulfill my coffee quota on a daily basis and enjoy every minute of it. I just really, really like tea.
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