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. It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or at length, depending on my mood 😉
Okay, let’s be honest for a second, we knew that this feature could not go on forever without discussing tea.
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.
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.
In the early morning, I really favor black teas and Oolong for the caffeine. I still prefer 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 my latest go to.
(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 rooibos 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’s Rooibos & Caramel Organic Infusion.
Favorite herbal blends:
Organic Serenity 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 Chamomile by Tazo.
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?