Friday Favorites: Tea Time!

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Friday Favorites is a post where I incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes. ย It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or at length, depending on my moodย ๐Ÿ˜‰


Okay, let’s be honest for a second, we knew that this feature could not go on forever without discussing tea.

Steeping Times

If you ask me or anyone who takes their tea even slightly serious, they short answer is yes. Steeping tea for the correct amount of time at the appropriate temperate greatly enhances the flavor and aroma. It took me a few years to grasp how much truth there is to this, but now there is no turning back. With my electric kettle and timer, I adjust the process for each cup. I keep a little cheat sheet handy for how I prefer to steep various blends. Keep in mind these are based on my own preferences.

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A few things I have noticed are that green and white tea can easily be over-steeped, however, Roobios can steep all day and I still enjoy the flavor. When I am unable to control or measure my water temperature, I try to just keep it right below boiling for the green and white blends.

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In the early morning, I really favor black teas and Oolong for the caffeine. I still preferย Twinings Earl Grey, but I continue to explore many options. Sadly my favorite Oolong is no more so I am on the hunt! London Fogs have been myย latest go to.

London Fog
(I have honestly been making this so long, I do not remember the source)

Earl Grey Tea (loose leaf is preferred)
Pure Vanilla Extract
Milk (I use skim but any will do)
Lavender (Optional but a must for me)
Sugar (if desired, I do not sweeten my tea with sugar)

Brew the Earl Grey with a pinch of lavender flowers. I like to use these found on Amazon. While that is brewing, steam, and froth the milk. Strain your tea and add a splash of pure vanilla and sweetener if desired. Top with Steamed milk and enjoy!

Throughout the day, I try to stick with rooibosย and herbal blends. I have been avoiding caffeine to help combat insomnia. I look for rooibos blends that are nutty and incorporate vanilla. Thanks to Liis at Cover to Cover, I have really been enjoying Java Republic’sย Rooibos & Caramel Organic Infusion.

Favorite herbal blends:

Organic Serenityย Now or Forever Nuts from DAVIDsTEA.
Night Time Tea from Pukka (Huge thanks to Claire from Brizzle Lass Books for my ongoing supply of this brand!).
Yogi Tea’s Honey Lavender Stress Relief.
Calm Chamomileย 
by Tazo.

Sweetener:

My go-to sweetener is a raw, organic wildflower honey. But I only use this with certain blends. I prefer most of my tea straight up.


Of course, this list could go on and on, but we will stop here. Do you enjoy tea? If so what are some of your favorite blends? Do you sweeten your cup or add milk?

Happy Friday,

Danielleย โค

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78 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Tea Time!

  1. OMG London Fogs are SO GOOD โค Also, confession: I'm definitely that person who just leaves the tea bag in my mug the entire time I'm drinking it… *gasp*

    Really fun post! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I love Twinings Earl Grey! I didn’t know there were different steep times… I find it really hard to not forget about it really :-). That London Fog sounds great, I’m not sure I have the patience for doing all that but if I could get someone to do it for me I wouldn’t say no :-). The last teas I made were the ones I got from Hideaway Fall that came with the book but I have no idea what they were, maybe I should ask them… they tasted great though. Great post!

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      1. We have coffee houses and cafรฉs but most only have a selection of 5 or so standard sachet teas (camomile, earl grey, roseship, menth). We are seriously lacking in that department. I think you’re probably going to get funny looks here if you ask for a London Fog… there’s still a long way to go…

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  3. I am way more into coffee than tea, but I just had to chime in and say that I always keep a pitcher of iced rooibos in my fridge in the summer. I love a lot of the cold tea drinks that are around in Taiwan, especially a grapefruit juice with green tea on ice in the summer. Wow, I am just realizing that I am way more of an iced tea person, the exception being a nice, spicy chai latte.

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      1. I don’t know if you’re ever in Sellwood, but near my aunt’s house there’s this train car that is a tea shop. It looked so cute! I wanted to go in and look around but never got around to it. I was too busy buying craft butter and artisanal spices. I really loved Portland! I was a huge tourist. though, and I’m sure there are closer and cheaper places to buy tea.

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        1. Is it easy to take back food and such on your trip? I have always wondered what the process is. I have not been to Sellwood but am familiar. Since I cannot drive anymore, I do not make it that far out. Maybe I can look it up and beg the nonhubs to take me when he is not traveling ๐Ÿ˜‰ It sounds fun!

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  4. Love this! As you know I’m a huge tea drinker, probably something to do with my Irish Dad! It’s nearly 9.30am and I’m already on my third big mug of decaf Earl Grey this morning. I use Waitrose (an English Supermarket brand) and brew it for about 3 1/2 minutes and add cold sweetened soya milk to it. In the evenings I drink Dragonfly Rooibos Earl Grey brewed for 5 minutes with the same cold soya milk added it to it. I don’t sweeten my tea unless it’s been made by someone else and it’s too strong for me. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

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    1. Is the Dragonfly Rooibos Earl Grey caffeine free? I have to stop all caffeine earlier these days ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I do add a splash of milk or soy to my Earl Grey when in the mood. I am only add the honey to certain blends. I find I like sweetener less as I age. Which is a good thing I suppose!

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  5. I love tea, but I’m terrible about steeping times. I need to get better about it. I really like Harney & Sons’s Cranberry Autumn and Celestial Seasonings’s Candy Cane Lane, but they’re seasonal. I also love the tea I bought in Iceland, but it’s not like that’s easy to get…

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  6. I’m surprised to see Rooibos, a South African tea, so popular everywhere else! It’s nice to see my country making its stride. I used to drink it at one time, but don’t any more. For me: ordinary black tea, whole milk, and no sugar.

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      1. It was “Freshpak.” This is probably the most commonly drunk Rooibos here in S.A., or at least I think so. I remember it gives one’s brain a very calm, fuzzy sort of feeling. There’s another one as well; I think it’s called Laager or something like that, but that one, which I probably only had once or twice as a child, was horribly bitter ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I have really curbed my coffee to about one morning cup a day, but I love tea and tend to favor blends with health benefits, so I am not ready to give it up haha. What do you like to drink? What is your go to in the morning out of curiosity? I have always been terrible for needing some form of caffeine ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. The one I linked it what I use. The flowers are very small, so you can add just the tiniest hint. But honestly, if you do not like it (which I get as I never did years ago) I would say just leave it out. Or find an Early Grey with lavender in it. That is usually less overwhelming ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. This was definitely information-ally awesome! Clearly I know nothing about tea hahahah I’ve probably already mentioned how I only drink black tea; as basic as you can get. But ever since I met ya I did want to give some other stuff out though. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  8. I like my green tea with only 1 minute in the water. It’s not bitter at all that way.
    I also love rooibos with a tiny bit of orange juice. โค

    I used to work in a cafe and had people come in asking for herbal tea. I would tell them we have chamomile or peppermint. And they would look at me confused "no green tea?" … In the beginning i spent ages explaining how green tea is not a herb, but after about a month i gave up and just tossed whatever they wanted in the boiling water and let them steep it to death. I mean if that's what they want, i really couldn't care less.

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  9. So you are telling me that sticking a teabag in a cup of hotwater and forgetting about it and then reheating it in the microwave is NOT the preferred method of millions, possibly billions, of people? I feel so alone right now ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. I drink Rooibos tea with milk and no sweetner. I’m also partial to Earl Grey and if nothing else is available will drink good old Tetley! I’m not so keen on fruit teas, I always think they look nicer than they taste.

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  11. I literally started reading your post and went to put the kettle on the stove to prepare myself some tea. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I had no idea about steeping times! I’m such a tea noob haha. I mostly drink either black or green tea or fruit flavored ones… I love love my fruity teas. โค I never sweeten my tea though, not with sugar or anything else (especially since I can't stand the smell or taste of honey xD )

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      1. Ah I get that, my hubby always tells me there’s a world of difference between organic honey and the supermarket brands… We always buy it straight from the source. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And fruit teas tend to be sweeter than normal, although it depends on the brand… I normally buy one that is not that natural, but not as sweet and perfectly fruity.

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  12. I recently read the Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane and learned black tea is simply green tea… rotted. So yeah not a fan no matter the benefits… but then again I don’t like rotted grape fruit juice either! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nevertheless thanks for sharing your steep times and such!! I love learning about tea!! โค

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    1. Haha I know it is much more oxidized, but not sure I would say “rotted” ๐Ÿ˜› Maybe I need to read that book? Both are harvested from the same plant and withered, but the oxidation process is what lends black tea its stronger and darker qualities. Is this what they refer to as rotting? You have me so curious now! Thank you Dani โค

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  13. I always like seeing your tea posts. TBH I didn’t know anything about specific steep times, so I learned something. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do like a good relaxing cup of tea though, and there are so many choices out there- nice to see recommendations!

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      1. Not really, because I am so NOT an expert lol. I usually just buy like regular green tea or chamomile, although I did go into Teavana once and came out $50 lighter. lol and that was fun though. There are so many blends and options I feel somewhat uncultured ha ha and want to learn more! Oh and from a comment I saw above- I think I would like pumpkin spice because I kinda love pumpkin spice anything!

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  14. I pretty much only drink ice tea. And it must be unsweetened. I’m not very southern that way.
    I do like green tea but I don’t really drink hot beverages – I usually scald my tongue. Lol

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  15. I love tea, although my microwaving and untimed steeps are probably alarming to any connoisseur ๐Ÿ˜‰ Black teas are my favorites, particularly Earl Grey and Irish Breakfast. I also recently discovered lapsang souchong and I love the smoky flavor so much that it’s been my go-to as of late.

    I’ve never had a London Fog but it sounds delicious! I may need to rustle up some lavender to try it for myself sometime…*bookmarks post*

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    1. Thanks JJ โค I am a huge Earl Grey fan! It is my morning go to cup when I skip the coffee. I will look up the lapsang souchong, as I have been meaning to explore some of the smoky blends. I have had several friends state that they really enjoy them! And no worries, I have been guilty of microwaving on more than one occasion ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  16. The English members of the Harry Potter social site I used to belong to loved to talk about tea brewing details and how you must use whole milk not fat reduced milks, and never cream or half and half. You had to put the milk in first and it had to be room temperature, and you had to temper the cup by pouring a small amount of boiling water in it first, then swirl it around and dump it out before pouring your tea in the cup. You can only imagine their horror when I told them I wack a teabag in a large latte cup filled 3/4 of the way with water, nuke it for four minutes, and then plop half and half in it. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ The only things they agreed with was that I used Yorkshire Gold tea and white sugar. ๐Ÿ˜‡ I do try to use honey crystals now as much as I can, but every once in a while I have to have my good old, bad for you, white processed sugar. Ha ha. โ˜•

    I used to drink Scottish breakfast tea for regular tea, but author Joe Kipling turned me on to Yorkshire tea. Did you know that they drink different brands and types of tea in different regions of the UK depending on the hardness and mineral content of the water? Baz doesn’t like it and he still drinks his Irish breakfast tea. I love Earl Grey with chocolate cake, but that’s the only time I like it. Something about the flavor combo of the two. ๐Ÿต

    For variety and herbal teas we drink Celestial Seasonings and Tazo, but Eastern Shore Tea Company seems to be our favorite source. Their Black Raven blackcurrant tea is my fave. They also have a chocolate hazelnut tea I love, so I bet I would like the caramel infused tea. Great post! ๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. Oh I will have to check out the black currant tea! That sounds delish. It makes sense to favor different teas based on mineral contant and water hardness. I can see how this would alter flavora and brewing. I think we have a pretty decent filtration systen built in here, so luckily it has not been an issue. I totally get it about Early Grey and cake. I personally think it can be slightly more bitter which would work with the sweet yeah? ๐Ÿ’™

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  17. Let me give you my best friendยดs number because I can see you two discussing tea, over tea. Iยดm literally floored about how you can do all that! Iยดve heard that tea is a philosophy on it own… but to see the love you put into your tea… Wow. Iยดm happy if I can work peppermint tea properly.
    Sending this post to Mirjam. โค

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      1. HAHAHAHA. Thatยดs me. When someone asks if I want tea then I start to panic because I know ( thanks to the tea witch down the road ) thereยดs a series of questions that follow if I say yes. LOL. Fascinating. Do you order you tea online too?

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  18. wow, woman- you DO take your tea very seriously. I don’t think I’ve EVER met anyone who has teamaking down to the last detail and I think it’s fantastic! ๐Ÿ˜€ hahaha

    If you do like the rooibos and caramel, then there’s plenty more where it came from ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been seeing a lot of local interesting blends come out lately locally and I would be more than happy to send you something to experiment with ๐Ÿ™‚ keeping in mind the non-caffeine of course! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am pretty much a complete nightmare to a proper tealover- I whack the teabag in and take it out as soon as the water has colour hahaha, I never g to full time that is stated for steeping. Such a lightweight, I am ๐Ÿ˜€ But coffee? I take it the blackest of black and with a good dollop of honey. It’s my saviour every morning!

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    1. You are too good to me โค I always welcome tea, but please do not break the bank with shipping. I know international gets ridiculous. I am still looking for cheaper, secure shipping methods haha. I do some caffeine, but only in mornings unless it is a long day ๐Ÿ˜‰ The rooibos you sent is a new fave! I keep a jar of raw, unfiltered honey here. If I need sweet, it is the best way.

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