I drink the spectrum of teas daily. It's usually a bit of something green to start and then, by afternoon, a good strong cup of black. A tasty oolong is often in order, especially if someone stops by the tea studio or house that will share some infusions with me. If it's a rough week, I go straight to black first thing in the morning and steep a pot of green later in the day. Herbal tea is my go to for after meals for digestion and before bedtime for calming effects. I wonder what your tea schedule looks like. Email me and let me know.
Recently, a writer colleague and friend, Sara Dickerman, mentioned T Project's smoky tea called Smoke On the Water. She was referring to this being one of her favorite morning brews. However, since she's on her cleanse and blogging about it, she is avoiding all teas but herbal. I'm not opposed to a bit of green tea on a cleanse, as they are so high in anti-oxidants and other good components for our body. Here's Sara's post which could inspire you to join her fabulous Bon Appetit Cleanse for Food Lovers, or try out my Smoky tea in the meantime:
If you have friends that are afraid to branch out into green teas, but their doctors and health advisors have been urging them to try - I have a lovely green tea blend just for them. It's called White Light White Heat. The base is organic white peony tea and Maofeng green tea combined with cranberries, rosehips, hibiscus, orange and a hint of cinnamon. Unlike so many "holiday" blends, this one is light and clean and not over-flavored with fruits and spices. The delicate flavors of the tea leaves are the first notes you taste, followed by a light fruitiness and a very subtle taste of cinnamon. It's refined in flavor and will convert your friends trying to get on the green tea bandwagon. More and more studies are proving the benefits of this magical plant. Get your holiday orders in by 12.19.14 so they arrive on time.
Clear, clean and pure green tea. I started my T Project tea day with this lovely Anji Bai Cha tea I found on a trip this summer. Long silver needles that are sweet in the mouth and long on the finish. Made in a lovely glass gaiwan, available at the T Project webshop, it holds a concentrated amount of tea leaves for a quick infusion, over and over again. If you don't have a gaiwan, you are missing out in this lovely experience of tasting your tea leaves in a concentrated manner. I always feel so revived after sipping green teas. Heaven!