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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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Pink Thanksgiving

Herbal Unwind Citrus, Cinnamon and Spices
by Twinings of London
(Order here, or look for it at your local grocery)

Looking for a light herbal that will satisfy your taste for all things Fall? May I prescribe hibiscus, a touch of orange, and some cinnamon? For herbal tea lovers, Twinings’ Herbal Unwind collection will send you over the moon (or into the cornucopia). Good for any season, but particularly satisfying to me during this early holiday season, the Citrus, Cinnamon and Spices variety has a blend of flavors that will festively delight your taste buds.

Hibiscus flowers have a natural sweet, tangy flavor that is reminiscent of cranberries and raspberries (popular opinion is that it is more like cranberries–decide for yourself). Combine this with a hint of orange and cinnamon, and you’ve got the perfect Thanksgiving herbal cuppa.

If that’s not incentive enough, let me explain to you the genius of pitting cinnamon, peppermint, and ginger against one another so that you have a smooth blend of spices that doesn’t overwhelm and doesn’t distract from the hibiscus. Don’t worry about the orange overpowering; it’s just enough to give it a citrus flair.

Unlike straight hibiscus tea (see Republic of Tea), this blend makes for a pink tea, perhaps a magenta. Definitely not red, like you would expect from this “superflower.” The rosehips and rose petals also provide more flower to your cup. It’s a very romantic and charming mix.

Enjoy a cup with friends and family!

I’d like to wish all my readers a happy Thanksgiving holiday, full of good food, loving companionship, and, most importantly, tasty tea.

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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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Fruity Grey

Lady Grey
by Twinings of London
(Order from their site, or find it at your local grocery store.)
Fruit slices, veggie trays, chicken salad, cucumber sandwiches: chick food. This list may make a man sweat at the thought of being force-fed any of these items. However, women generally love it. Yes, I too enjoy the occasional cheeseburger, the bag of greasy chips, or a nice tender steak. But I also like chick food—probably because it’s programmed into my DNA.

If you’re planning a tea party, Lady Grey is a must. Unlike her husband, the Earl, Lady Grey prefers orange and lemon peel to bergamot. Similar undertones, but overall a lighter, fruitier taste. It’s great for an afternoon lazy sip, or a perky morning flavor. Because of the light citrus combination, along with the full-bodied black tea, Lady Grey goes well with cookies and biscotti-like foods. Shortbread is a divine pairing.

Like most tea companies from Great Britain, Twinings has also established its name “by royal appointment.” But they’ve done more to impress Her Majesty: they survived. Twinings must be one of the oldest tea merchants in England. Having established his tea company in 1706, Thomas Twining’s family took over the business and has kept it running ever since. They are still operating out of their original building on Strand Street (which was a prime piece of real estate after the Great Fire of London). Twinings was the first to introduce the Earl Grey flavor to the public.

With so much history, you can taste the richness of their flavors. So sit back and enjoy a cup of fruitful bliss. And don’t forget—pinkies up!

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