Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Tea of the Day!

Blood-Orange Smoothie Tea (The Spice & Tea Exchange): 3/5

Contains: rooibos leaves, orange peel, hibiscus, apples, rosehips, safflower, rose petals, vanilla flavor (CAFFEINE FREE)

The label recommended trying it with milk for an orange-creamsicle  flavor. Now, I'm not particularly partial to either rooibos or orange-creamsicles, but how do you say no to a tea with such an advertisement? The result: Yes. It tastes exactly like a hot orange-creamsicle. Even without the milk it has the same general flavor but at that point why wouldn't you add the milk? It's a bit of an odd concept for tea, but it's caffeine free and has no added sugars and is perfect for the impending cold weather!

French Teas:
Marcel Proust immortalized French tea taking when, in Swann's Way, he recalled the Sunday morning ritual of his aunt Leonie, who dipped her madeleine into a cup of tea. The tea in that case was herbal, although the French started drinking black tea in the 1630s. At first considered a medicinal tonic, it became fashionable as a beverage under Louis XIV. In 1680, the French marquise Marie de Rabutin-Chantal wrote about her friend Madame de la Sabliere taking tea with milk - the first European reference to that custom. But the French drink a wide variety of teas, including white and green teas, without milk. They have as strong an interest in singular, estate grown teas as they do for vintage wines. Formal teas are popular outside the home, in salons de the. They are distinguished by the attention paid to every detail and the quality of exquisite pastries, gateaux, tarts, croissants, and meringues accompanying the tea.
~All About Tea Knowledge Cards

I hope the next time we meet, we won't be fighting each other. Instead we will be drinking tea.
~Jackie Chan, Rumble in the Bronx

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