Year round, I love tea. As soon as I’ve had my early morning coffee, it’s all about the tea. Breakfast tea in the morning, maybe a peppermint tea in the afternoon, and a camomile tea just before bed equals a happy Julie.
I’ve been getting a bit more adventurous with my tea-consumption, and here are a few teas that have got me practically chain-drinking the stuff this autumn. The pictures of each tea are hyperlinked so if you want to find out more about them then click away.
First up is Twinings, which doesn’t seem that exciting, but there was recently a 3 for 2 offer in Tesco on their fruity/herbal range, so I thought I’d try some new ones and this is what I came out with…
Warming Camomile & Spiced Apple – AUTUMN IN A TEA BAG. I love camomile tea in the evenings, I’m not sure if it actually makes me sleepy or if it’s a psychological thing, but I always feel I sleep better after a cup. This autumnal update has a touch of fruity apple and cinnamon, making a pre-bedtime classic even more of a winter warmer.
Revitalising Lemon & Ginger – Hot water and lemon is a classic, and I’d normally much rather have a cup of that than a lemon tea bag. But then Twinings threw ginger in and made it spicy! If my concentration and energy levels are dropping mid-way through the day a cup of this gives me a boost and it’s mighty tasty too.
Cherry & Cinnamon – I’m ashamed to say that thievery led me to this tea. One of the PhD students I share an office space with brought this in and, once the Tetley ran dry I thought I’d give it a go. I’m not normally a super fruity tea person and I hate the artificial taste of cherry you tend to get in sweets and yoghurts, but this tea is really very tasty: the cinnamon/cherry balance is perfect for me and it’s a great warmer. Crime in this instance paid off, and I would do it again in an instant.
Next up is the quirky tea brand Teapigs, which admittedly I have not tried much from so far.
Marrakesh Mint: Drawn to the cutesy packaging I picked this, a green tea with mint, because it sounded interesting. I like green tea but I feel it always needs something extra, whether that’s lemon, ginger or some such. I’d never tried a green tea with mint before, and good news: I was a fan! I will definitely be trying more from this brand very soon.
The last and undoubtedly my favourite is a tea from Pukka, which I discovered for the first time last year. I tried a few teas in this range and although many of them were nice especially ‘Love’ and ‘Refresh’ this one was the best by far. It’s the first tea I craved as soon as the weather started getting colder again.
Revitalise: My boyfriend Chris and I swiftly started referring to this as ‘Christmas tea’ last year. Last winter we hadn’t yet moved in together and as we visited families over the holiday season we found having separate boxes of this at my flat, his parents’ house and my parents’ was the only way to feed our addiction to this delicious stuff. It’s the perfect blend of soothing and spicy, with cinnamon, cardamom and ginger as its main ingredients. It’s amazing. I’m going to have to go and get a cup now…
So these are my autumn tea picks – what teas are keeping you going as the leaves change colour and there’s a chill in the air? I’ve been drinking so much of the stuff, it’s just as well all these are caffeine free, otherwise I’d be bouncing off the walls.