My son got me addicted to chai tea lattes, and with the cool mornings I’m making them more often. It hit me when I was cleaning my tea cupboard, that I don’t need to buy tea for a long time, and I think I’ve become a bit of a tea snob.
I am no longer happy with a Lipton teabag, I tend to favor English or Irish tea and if I could only have one tea it would be English breakfast. Years ago I found a great tea shop in Victoria, B.C. and started ordering tea through the mail from Murchie’s. Last year on a vacation I discovered Teavana and added more teas to my collection, plus the Perfect Tea Maker (quite appropriately named). Finally, a great way to make loose leaf tea that works like a charm.
Last year I took a wonderful trip to Ireland. On the only rainy day we had, I sat by the fire and drank eight pots of tea with honey, hoping to stave off a cold and it worked. I also learned the value of an electric kettle—I can’t go back to microwave or stove top.
Today was our first snow of the season and I fired up my stainless steel beauty and drank tea all morning. There’s something about a cup of tea. It warms your hands and calms your soul. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a good book, whether reading one or writing one.
Tell me, are you a tea aficionado and what are some of your favorites? As you know I don’t need any, but tea tins are like shoes…I’m always on the lookout for something wonderful.