Hopefully, you survived another Halloween and are getting ready to face that annual family gathering with more delightful anticipation than dread. No matter if you’re planning a more traditional feast of turkey and the trimmings or something more unusual like General Tso’s Chicken, lasagna, or shish kebabs, you’ll want some lovely tea to wash them all down. Plus, a nice pot of tea will keep your energy up and your emotional stress down in the weeks leading up to that important day — Thanksgiving! Here are five teas to help you deal with it all:
1 That signature taste with extra creaminess: Earl Grey Cream Tea
|Start with a fine black tea. Flavor with oil of bergamot to give it that signature Earl Grey taste. Add some cornflower petals (the little blue bits you see here) for a bit of floral appeal. You get an overall taste that is smooth with vanilla overtones that stand out above the bergamot flavor. An excellent all day tea with a superb finish.|
2 The best teas of India combined: Bewley’s Irish Breakfast Tea
|A blend of Assam and Darjeeling teas, regarded as not only the best but also the most distinct grown in India. This tea steeps up a creamy, malty quality and a full-bodied taste. This tea is best enjoyed with the addition of milk. Bewley’s is Ireland’s leading coffee and tea company. Their Irish Breakfast won the 2012 Great Taste Awards, organized by the Guild of Fine Foods and the acknowledged benchmark of specialty food and drink. These awards have been described as ‘the Oscars’ of the food world.|
3 Green and blue combine: Blueberry Flavored Green Tea
|A delicious green tea with a wonderfully sweet character and a pleasing astringency. It starts with a green Pekoe Gunpowder and adds the natural flavor of blueberries. This fruit ranks the highest when compared to 40 other fruits for antioxidant activity, and their sweet character made them a wonderful additive to a delicate green tea! Terrific when served hot or iced. For the best brew, steep for 1-4 minutes in water that is steaming.|
4 No, you can’t overdose on pumpkin: Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai
|An all time seasonal favorite that starts with a fine black tea and then throws a spice party! Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice join in to make it a true taste celebration that you can enjoy straight or with milk. Brew for five minutes in water that has been boiled or, in true Indian chai fashion, in half milk and half water.|
5 Different and delightful: Ti Kuan Yin Iron Goddess
|A premium grade oolong that can at first taste bitter, then sweet, and finishes with a fragrance that lingers on your palate. It steeps up a pale green-yellow liquor that is best enjoyed hot. Steep for 1-3 minutes in water that has been brought to a light boil (165-190° F). Oolongs are semi-fermented teas that have unique flavors. The leaves are not picked too early or at too tender of a stage. They are wilted in the direct sun and then shaken in tubular bamboo baskets to bruise the edges of the leaves, causing those edges to oxidize faster than the center. After 15-25 minutes, the tea is fired, locking in that unique flavor.|
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