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Life of a Tea Drinker, Chapter VIX

Chapter, the Ninth

In which the author relishes the change in season and body, the moisture in the air and her constant need for hydration…

It’s the first day of Autumn. What a wonderful season. Jackets, socks, cardigans, tummy panels. OK, that last one is not an annual addition to my Fall fashion. I have to say, the extra layer of support that¬†sweated me over the summer is now a welcome shield between my stretched belly skin and the chill of the morning air.

I walked out the door and down the front steps into a cloud this morning. A soft fog had settled on the city. The early chill was a soothing contrast to my personal space heater strapped to my front. No, I can’t bend in the middle. Yes, my toes are no longer visible from a standing position. (I’m a little bigger than the last photo shared here.) But I know I won’t freeze in the coming months. Thanks, Oliver.

The extra moisture today is only helping my skin. I’ve been trying to moisturize myself into the¬†prevention of stretch marks. So far, so good. I think the power of positive thinking is also on my side. (Hydration applies inside and out. Even though I’m looking forward to a hot cuppa, I can’t get enough water today!)

Autumn is a great time for tea drinkers. We’ve been guzzling iced tea all summer (sorry to offend, Republic of Tea, but sometimes “sip by sip” just doesn’t compare to thirst-quenching “gulp by gulp”). Now we’re ready for our spiced hot tea, our smoky toasted tea, our classic hot black varieties. We dig in the back of the pantry shelf for those beloved flavors that tingled our senses last year. It is the season of tea!

Although I’m at work today, I look forward to a steaming cup of English Breakfast to kick off the new season. Maybe tonight will reveal the first cinnamon-inspired cup of Autumn. So many endless possiblities, so much to celebrate.

Is there any better way to welcome autumn while at work?

Have a favorite Fall tea? Share in the comments!

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Have a Smoky Autumn

Lapsang Souchong
by Twinings of London
(Get your campfire experience here, or check your local grocer.)

As fall makes its presence known in the Midwest, we’ve been enjoying chilly mornings on the patio…drinking tea. An exciting choice for the season is Twinings’ Lapsang Souchong (the name meaning “small variety from the mountain Lap”). It has a smoky flavor that makes you want to sit outside.

They don’t just describe it as “smoky” to get you to buy it (although, it was a large part of my decision); the experience is sure to impress. While brewing, our entire kitchen smelled like a campfire. (We have a small kitchen.) It has a potent aroma, but in just the right way. It evokes memories of melting s’mores, burnt hot dogs, leaky tents, and that woodsy smell that clings to your clothing.

Not only does it smell like childhood camping trips, it actually tastes smoky. It sounds odd, but it really is black tea with a touch of smoke. It’s as if the tea leaves were roasted on an oak grill. That’s almost the truth. It’s actually bamboo and pine. According to Twinings, this Chinese blend involves spreading the leaves on “bamboo trays and allowing smoke from pinewood to permeate through them.” So it tastes smoked because it is smoked. (And you thought it was only done with meat.)

Lapsang Souchong is a truly satisfying way to enjoy the fall days while they last.

Extra tid bit: Twinings says “Great for marinating meat, fish and chicken.” Huh. (I guess they don’t realize that fish and chicken are also the meat of animals.)

Another extra tid bit: The ocean exploration mug is just for fun, and not a deliberate choice based on today’s selection. I just like showing it off. (Thanks, Taylor!)

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