“Tea is the elixir of life” ~ Lao Tzu
For me, you can pretty much never go wrong with a cup of tea. No matter the time of day or how hot or cold it is – I’m always down for some tea. I have tried my fair share of different types and no matter whether I’ve tried it before or its a favourite or not there’s just something really special about sitting down with a cup of tea and some delicious treat whether it be the start to your day or the end of it. It’s always such a comforting moment.
I must admit though I’ve probably become a bit obsessive with it as time goes on – in fact, I collect teapots so if you ever want to become my favourite person then just buy me a teapot – but I’ve also branched out and adore a whole range of flavours that aren’t the “conventional” taste. Don’t get me wrong I love a good green or camomile tea and seeing as they’re much easier to find in bags they’re usually my quick fix but if I’m gonna have a cup of tea then I may as well have three.
So seeing as the rainy season is heading my way I’m going to share with you my favourite flavours of tea and treats that I like to pair it with to get ready to snuggle up with a book for those lazy rainy days.
Most people give me the most horrified look when they hear me say this but it tastes nothing like liquorice and it smells nothing like it tastes. It does have a very liquorice smell when it’s brewing but the taste is fresh on your palette and it leaves my mouth with a clean feeling. It’s definitely something I recommend and most people I offer it to, love it.
This one is a definite if you love spicy teas that are rich in flavour because it gives you something new every sip you take and it’s almost like you can’t get bored of it. It’s delicious and a favourite of mine particularly on a cold day.
This one is an apple tea. Seeing as the name is specialised to the company I got it from, you’re not going to find the exact copy unless you get it from the same company. As much as I thought an apple tea would do and be this one did a pretty good job of being excellent. It’s more tart than expected but also has a sweet side to it. I like this one pretty much at any time and even though it’s not specifically a cold tea it’s also really good cold.
I probably just love this one because of the colour but it also has a really delicious flavour. If you can get your hands any sort of cranberry tea then its a must have. The colour is a rich pink and the flavour is just as delectable. The only issue with this one is that it’s not the easiest thing in the world to find.
This is the one generic one that I have but to me pretty much nothing beats jasmine tea. You can have it as straight jasmine or you can have it as a jasmine green for a subtler taste but I’m all about potency with this one. It’s not only delicious but really calming and not too hard to find. If you haven’t already added this one to your collection then you must.
Probably one of my favourite things about tea is all the delicious things you can pair it with and having an afternoon treat with a good cup of tea is one of the most perfect ways to settle into the evening. Or having something in the morning with your tea is a perfect way to start the day. Here are my absolute favourite things to have with my tea.
Rusks – if you don’t know – are hard biscuits that if you try to eat them without dunking them in a hot drink first the possibility of you breaking your teeth is high. But when dunked in a warm drink like tea, coffee or hot chocolate they are simply delectable. Rusks were originally a form of dried or stalled bread taken on long journeys as they would not do “bad” or rot as quickly but are now a breakfast snack and a biscuit of sorts. If you can get your hands on some or even find a recipe to make your own then I definitely recommend trying them.
Biscuits are always lovely and I particularly like the digestives for my tea. Even better if they’re coated in chocolate. The only thing is if you dip them they crumble really fast and pretty much disintegrate and that can be a little annoying but otherwise, I enjoy having them with my tea in the morning.
I recently learnt how to make crepes and I’ve known how to make pancakes for a while but usually, don’t do it myself. I love having something like this for breakfast, particularly on the weekends when there’s no rush, it’s really nice to treat yourself. I like to pair this one with a jasmine tea as it just adds a nice subtlety.
I feel like its nearly impossible to not have cinnamon rolls at least once with your tea. They’re delicious and other than the time constraint not too difficult to make. Or if you’re not into baking they’re probably one of the easier pastries to find so it’s not a problem. Also if they go stale, dunking them for a few quick seconds in tea or coffee softens them up and their delicious.
Those are all my tea time favourites and pairings and if you have teas you think I should try then let me know in the comments and I’ll try them.
*Most of the above tea leaves are from The Tea Merchant which you can order online. This post is not sponsored.