Thursday, September 4, 2008

Teas and Fall



I am finding that as the weather turns...I am becoming a tea monger. I seem to be always drinking it. Morning. Lunch. a little tea nipper before I go to bed. I can't help but look in the tea section in the store every time I go these days. Some of my favorites are: Bengal Spice, African Honeybush (with subtle fruit and floral notes..how cool does that sound), Madagascar Vanilla Red (a Rooibos tea), White Orange Spice, Tangerine Orange Zinger, some cool Blueberry one that my sister has and many mucho more.

I have also discovered an array of sweetners such as all of these cool honeys. Rich ones. Light ones. Fruity ones. Nutty ones. I love it. Then there is the new and acclaimed agave. Which is a little lighter and sweeter than honey. Though it also has its various hints. Ok, those are the only ones I have played around with so I don't know if you would actually call that an array.

To top it all off I will add a bit of Almond milk, Oat milk or Soy milk. Though my new favorite is Hempseed milk.

Tea

the mug is deliciously warm
against my hand
sending heat all the way to my
bones

the steam softly billows up
caressing my face
as I breathe in the flavors

it is almost too hot
to drink
so I send a breath
rippling the surface

finally a sip slips into my mouth
so earthy
a memory of fruit
with just an echo of bitterness
at the end

my whole body relaxes into the warmth
my mind eases with delight
my soul smiles





It is my new cup o' tea. *chuckle*

7 comments:

Hot Air said...

Ooh- Have you been to the Trappist Monastery up by Ogden/ (or somewhere south- haha. It's been awhile.) They make the yummiest honey I've ever tasted, in all sorts of funky fruity, nutty flavors. And you can hear monks sing, too! ;-)

Julie said...

It's true I went to the monastery last year and they make the bestest honey around!

Lia said...

Reportedly, the best of all honey is made from fireweed in Alaska. I've had some, and it is sooo good. Very ethereal.

For those who are interested, here's a quick summary of this rare honey:

Fireweed gets its name because it is an herb that grows and blooms for 2-3 years in burned over timber areas. The honey made from fireweed is one of the lightest honeys, prized for its water-white color. Its taste is delicate and sweet with very subtle, tea-like notes.

No other major honey plant grows as far north as fireweed. An Alaskan legend states that when fireweed reaches its full splendor the six-week countdown to winter has begun.

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Jules said...

I am excited for our late night winter tea time...

Sahara said...

I love it! all of it! think I need to plan a trip to Ogden and then find some fireweed honey...

corb said...

I love tea as well. I just went and bought some at the store and have been enjoying it immensely. One of my favorite sweeteners is honey but the one I love the most is a little Orange Juice. It is quite good.