Hot Tea Month

Small_cup_of_green_teaIt has recently come to my attention that is Hot Tea Month! Rather than subjecting you to a further tea review or going into extreme descriptive depths about hot tea, I will instead discuss the many ways and times that tea can be enjoyed throughout the day.

Morning
Why not replace your habitual morning coffee with a cup of tea? The more jaded of you might scoff at the notion of using tea to wake up, but I assure you, there is nothing better than a strong cup of black tea in the morning.
If black tea is not to your tastes, why not try an early morning cup of green tea? A lot of people are hesitant over green tea but give it a chance; remember its okay to add sugar.  Experiment and find out what flavours, bitterness or sweetness you prefer and then run with it! Know thyself!

Morning Tea
It’s in the name of the break, it’s your time to go and off and have a cup of tea. If you are lucky enough to have a morning tea break at your work, take advantage of it and brew yourself a nice cuppa.

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Instead of pouring yourself a glass of soft drink or going out and buying a bottle of something, why not try a home-made iced tea? Iced tea is simple and is very cheap to make.

If you have teabags of a tea you like or loose leaf tea, simply pour a small amount of boiling water in a jug or glass and let the tea steep to the desired strength. Remove the tea and simply add cold water and/or ice. If you have time, put it in the fridge to cool down or enjoy on the spot. Once again iced tea is all up to personal taste, so if you want sugar you add as much or as little as you like.

Afternoon Tea
I am beginning to see a pattern in these breaks: tea! If you’re anything like me, you tend to get a little sleepy or tired after lunch time. So instead of falling asleep at your desk, take some time out and make yourself a cuppa. Once again any black or green tea, tea bag or loose leaves will be find, the caffeine in the tea should give you the kick you need. You should be feeling more alert in no time!

Dinner
Similar to lunch, dinner is an opportune time to replace your glass of soft drink with a cup of iced tea. If cooking for a family or if you just want to have more than one glass at a time, it is worthwhile to make a jug of iced tea. It will cut down on the preparation time and will stay fresh for a while in the fridge.

Relaxing Time
It is after dinner, you are sitting down in front of the TV, the computer, a book or any other leisure activity, do you know what would be a great addition to this time? A cup of tea. Whether this is a warm cup of tea on a cold winters night, or a crisp and cool glass of iced tea in the Summer, a cup of tea is the perfect accessory.

Nightlife
If it’s time to boogie, as strange as it may seem, you can use tea to make some decent cocktails! Has anyone ever heard of the Long Island iced tea? … Granted said drink does not include any actual tea but you shouldn’t limit yourself.
Whether you add some spirits to iced tea or if you’re adding some liqueur to black tea, there are so many ways in which to get your drunken tea on! Pretty tea cocktails are just a Google search away!

 

Now that you know all the times of the day that you can drink tea (and if you don’t know that you can drink it anytime then you certainly didn’t read the post) you can go out into the next day and start drinking tea! As with anything however, remember that moderation is key.

 

Happy tea drinking, everyone!

T2: Gorgeous Geisha

With the changing of the seasons and the emergence of the striking Australian heat, the types of tea I prefer to drink tend to change. Where before the cold could inspire me to enjoy rich and strong teas, the summer heat instead sees me turn to the cooler and lighter teas. In light of that, I will be looking at T2‘s green tea, ‘Gorgeous Geisha.’ The T2 website describes the tea as:

Green tea with strawberries drizzled in cream is a big and bold sweet sensation. Juicy fruit blended with the herbaceous grassy aroma of sencha is intriguing, assertive and very moreish. Delicious hot and stunning iced as a summer treat. It’s easy to see why this is our most popular flavoured green – it’s simply gorgeous!

product_756The first thing you notice about ‘Gorgeous Geisha’ is the striking aroma. The tea smells of strawberries with a soft yet fresh floral scent. Since unpacking my teabags (which ‘Gorgeous Geisha’ and a number of other teas can be purchased in tea bag form) I have often found myself simply stopping and smelling the tea.

‘Gorgeous Geisha’ differs from other green teas in both its aroma and flavour. Where green tea generally can have quite a strong taste, ‘Gorgeous Geisha’ is one that offers up a sweet, light flavour. Coupled with a little bit of sugar, the tea is an absolute delight.

You can enjoy the tea either served chilled or hot. The serving suggestion for the tea is to not brew it at 100ºC, rather at 80ºC. This holds true for green tea in general as no matter the flavour or quality of the green tea, if over boiled the taste will be a bitter and astringent one.

Often times I have found myself replacing my morning coffee with T2’s ‘Gorgeous Geisha.’ The sweet flavour and enticing scent of the tea is one that draws me in on a hot day. If you’ve never been a fan of green tea I would definitely suggest trying a flavoured green tea to ease you into the taste. You can look no further than ‘Gorgeous Geisha’ for the perfect first time, green tea try.

T2: Banana Bake

Once again we return to my love of tea. In previous posts I have discussed specific brews as well as my general appreciation of tea; this post will look at the T2 Banana Bake tea. As the name implies the tea is one that centres on a banana flavour, with the flavour being one reminiscent of banana bread. The T2 website describes the tea as:

‘Robust black tea with hints of vanilla and banana take you away to a picture perfect winters day, all snuggled up with a cuppa and munching on a warm loaf of banana bread.’

The flavours of Banana Bake are very robust and dynamic. Whereas other flavoured teas often have a subtle flavour, banana is at the very centre of this teas taste.

There are a number of ways to enjoy the tea, ranging from black, iced to a mixed blend. T2 offers the suggestion that the tea can be enjoyed both black and with milk, however there are a few other variations. One such is a lovely iced tea reminiscent of banana paddle pops can be created by simply adding a small amount of vanilla essence to an iced batch.

The tea was only available in stores for a short time and I am also unsure as to whether or not the tea will be re-stocked. So in a way this post is a very teasing one in that this marvellous brew may be no longer available for purchase.

Banana Bake is a very versatile tea that offers drinkers a range of ways in which to enjoy its flavour. One thing can be certain though, Banana Bake is a very a-peel-ing tea.

T2: Creme Brulee

Having first discussed my love of tea a year ago and with Autumn once again around the corner, I thought I would discuss of one of my favourite teas.  Crème Brulee from the Australian teashop T2, is both delicious and heartening. The T2 website describes the tea as:

“A silky, decadent sweet treat. Velvety vanilla plays with caramelised hazelnuts in a gorgeously golden brew. An intense aroma enhances a refined and delicate infusion. Creamy and dreamy, this buttery caramel delight sings the song of after-dinner contentment.”

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This description is one that suits the tea to a tee (see what I did there). The flavours and aromas of the Crème Brulee tea are wonderful and so aromatic. Similar to that of a chocolate flavoured black-tea, Crème Brulee offers a robust flavour, with the lingering aftertaste one of sweetness.

Much like its dessert counterpart, I find the best time for this tea is during the evening. Whether it is relaxing with a book, TV, movie or any other relaxing past time, Crème Brulee is a lovely companion to contentment.

While not being too overly sweet, Crème Brulee is a tea reminiscent of its namesake; namely it is a decadent yet homey treat.  Great with either milk or without, Crème Brulee proves to be a perfect winter night treat. Crème Brulee is a tea that is both comfortable and luxurious, one that while evoking images of a gourmet desert , fits in right at home in any kitchen.

Tea.

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
― William Ewart Gladstone

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith the weather slowly becoming colder and the rain starting to really set in, March is the month that my tea habit begins. My past excitement for the warming months has worn off, particularly after the 48 degree day, and now anticipation for winter is starting to show. The urge is there to slow cook, to wear scarfs, and to wake to the fear of leaving the warmth of the quilt. The last option however is what keeps the complete excitement at bay, so it is the warm-ish and ever-changing Autumn months keep me happy.

What better way to kick off Autumn than with tea! So grab your tea pots, mugs, and cute duck-shaped strainers and let the brewing begin.