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http://www.nationalteaday.co.uk/ April 21st, 2017

National Tea Day is celebrated in April in the UK. While tea is the most popular beverage in the UK, this is its official day. This day is entirely different from National Hot Tea Day in the US, which is celebrated each January. This day celebrates all aspects of tea, including Afternoon Tea, one of the most popular times to enjoy tea.

Whether you have a full on English Afternoon Tea with some friends or just a cup while curling up on the couch, take the time to treat yourself to a fine brew. It’s always completely up to you if you want to go to with a familiar favorite like PG Tips or Typhoo or go with something new and different like Taylor’s of Harrogate. Have some English Breakfast, Green Tea, or how about something unfamiliar? Try a few of these teas that are becoming popular all over the world:

Darjeeling: Known as the “Champagne of Teas”, this reigns one of the best in its class. Darjeeling is grown in India, in the Darjeeling district, which is where it gets its name. Brands to try: English Tea Store, Twinings, Harney and Sons, and Taylors of Harrogate.

Oolong: A popular Chinese tea, this distinctive tea is just a bit fermented and oxidized for a perfect balance of green and black tea. Brands to try: English Tea Store Orange Blossom Oolong, Twinings China Oolong.

Assam: Assam tea was named after the region in which it was grown in India. It is a black tea with a strong malty flavor and deep bronze color. It is perfect for breakfast or any other time of day with a little sugar and milk. Brands to try: English Tea Store and Taylors of Harrogate.

What kind of tea would you celebrate National Tea Day with and who would you share your cup with? If you are a tea lover, then National Tea Day is every day!

 

-CD

 

By A.C. Cargill

Tuesdays Are for Tea…and so is the rest of the week, but Tuesdays are a bit more special. Why Tuesday? Because this day occupies a unique position in the work week.

Tuesdays Are for Tea

Tuesday isn’t a depressing Monday when you head back to work from the pleasures of a weekend spent at the beach, tending the garden, or taking the kids to the pool. It’s not “hump day” (Wednesday) where you know your work week is halfway through, your week’s tasks are closer to being done, and another weekend is being planned. It’s not Thursday, when you get a tingly feeling by knowing that Friday is just hours away and that pile in your “In” box is finally getting shorter. It’s not Friday (“TGIF!” “TGIF!”) where you’re dotting the last “i’s” and crossing the last “t’s” on that report you’ve slaved over all week while coasting through until the weekend starts. Nope, it’s none of those. It’s just plain old Tuesday.

Not any more!

Tuesdays are now “Tea Day”! It’s a day to enjoy a cupful (or potful) of your favorite tea, whether it’s a robust Keemun or a delicate white tea; share a “cuppa” with your co-workers; and have a few friends in for a chat, some tasty treats, and a freshly brewed pot of tea.

Here’s a recipe for a great Tuesday Tea Day, just to get you started thinking:

  • Select a special tea to enjoy on Tuesday (it can be a different one each week). Some of my favorites are Gunpowder, Barry’s Tea (a hearty Irish blend), and Lapsang Souchong. (Ah, the promise of great taste to come in those little dried leaves of tea!)
  • Have a special teapot set aside just for these Tea Days for brewing that special tea.
  • Set aside a time and place in your schedule to brew and enjoy this tea. Be sure it is comfortable and has a peaceful atmosphere that allows for undisturbed reflection.
  • Have all the necessary “trimmings” in place (sweetener, milk, cookies or other treats, a book to read or some other amusement, and if possible some soft music), along with the appropriate accoutrements (cups and saucers, teaspoons, small plates, napkins, etc.).

Above all, bring with you an attitude that this is “me time” – a setting whose sole purpose is a little self pampering while focusing on this time of enjoyment.

Hope this whets your appetite for a great Tuesday Tea Day and helps you figure out what you want to make this day special for you.

Of course, this whole Tuesday thing is for you people who work a 9-to-5 job in an office or elsewhere. Your work week is Monday through Friday. The rest of you, fear not. You can have the special Tuesday feeling whenever you’re ready for it. If you work Thursday through Monday, for example, you can consider Friday to be your “Tuesday” (since it’s the second work day of your work week). However, any day will do. The point it to set aside a special time to enjoy this wonderful beverage cherished throughout the world.

As for me, I’m ready for another “cuppa” – today it’s Gunpowder tea with just a sprinkling of sweetener – and a wedge of lemon meringue pie with sky-high meringue. (Don’t worry – all of the calories leak out of pie when you slice it!) Enjoy!

Check out A.C.’s blog, Tea Time with A.C. Cargill, for more interesting articles!

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