In attempts to be completely transparent I don’t know how many times I’ll mention that it is coming into Spring here, you can tell by the wind and the rain, but I have serious Autumn envy- thus calling for an Autumnal type post.
I was always a tea lover, never a coffee girl…. until I worked for two years at one of the biggest Coffee franchises ever. I took my job seriously and five years on, with a high stress career I am still the type of girl you do not want to cross until she has had her daily fix of caffeine. Yes it can be embarrassing knowing you have an obvious addiction- unapologetically the first place I’ll meet someone is in said coffee franchise… but slowly I am moving my taste back to its roots.
I still think that there is nothing cosier than sitting down with a hot drink in hand- a little Michalak Family Diaries, hot mugs in our eager hands and in all honesty, that is our Monday night. Clearly on a Monday night coffee is not the answer to the empty mug syndrome, but I am lost without a mug of something, and we’re not going to discuss the hot toddies. Tea is naturally the second choice. This is where I introduce to you my favourite Autumn tea blends, perfect for cold, cosy weather. (and do yourself a favour and check out the Michalaks, Matthew and I love their vlogs- tell Stef that I sent you and that he may need help with his latte art.)
I brought my teas from a near-by Epicurean, they are made by a company called Tea Total, but if you can’t get ahold of those I’m sure you’ll find loose leaf tea that is similar close to you.
The first tea I’ll introduce to you is the darkest tea I have here, which I admittedly drink with milk and honey. This is Winter Dream made with Black Tea, Cinnamon, Orange Peel and Rose Petals. This is something I would be more likely to drink during at night even though Black Tea still has caffeine, before this I loved the Vanilla Comoro Decaf Tea by Harney & Sons.
This is a sweet and spicy tea, and I love the limited ingredients (there is something so satisfying about knowing ALL the ingredients that you are putting into your body). You can definitely smell the orange peel and I could seriously have this in my lounge as potpourri. This would have to be my favourite, probably because it is black tea.
The next tea, the darker of the remainders, is Green Berry and Rhubarb, a sweet tea with a scent that reminds me of a Lush Store. This has Green Sencha Tea, Flavour, Peony Flowers, Rose Petals, Blackberries and Raspberry Fruit Granulate (don’t ask me why they called it Green Berry and Rhubarb, I’m assuming thats the “flavour” part?) This is a green tea that is fresh and so good at helping you get moving on a cold morning, but still has those winter notes with the berries.
Finally the last tea is Ginger KawaKawa Spice (sorry, Kawakawa is a NZ thing). In this is Kawakawa, Ginger, Liquorice Root Granulate, Lemongrass, Pepper, Lemon Peels, Peppermint, Hibiscus, Lemonfruit Granulate and Ginger Flavour. This has the strongest aroma, and it takes you a while to figure out the notes- but is is one of the tastier teas due to the liquorice root and peppermint. I can drink this at any time of the day and it instantly makes you feel warm.
I hope you enjoyed this more relaxed style of post- and know that, to addicts like me, teas can be healthier and just as satisfying as the coffee alternative. I hope you enjoy your Monday!