Hot Tea Month in the Rear View Mirror

As has been said many times before this, all good things must come to an end, and so ends our National Hot Tea Month. I’m trying to wrap my mind around that realization actually. How could a whole month come and go, while I feel as if I’ve been left somewhere back at the end of December (actually more like May, but I kinda hate to admit that)? I truly do not like this winged time that I seem to be experiencing in the latter half my life.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about, and discovering, new teas to try. I have definitely enjoyed sharing with you and having a valid reason, for a change, to buy a few new teas to share. I’d hoped to share more of my teacup collection as well, but time this month was a bit more limited than I thought it would be. Once I get the Hooked on Tea site up and running it might free up some time to plan and photograph more of my tea stash as well as my teacups, teapots, and other miscellaneous items that I’ve collected over the years to go along with the obsession. Because, as they also say, if a thing’s worth doing it’s worth doing well. I think I can honestly say I’ve done the collecting of tea and tea paraphernalia quite well. Just ask my husband…

The last tea that I’ll review for you this month is Angel’s Dream from English Tea Store. I gave this tea to our eldest daughter, Julia, for her birthday. Of course, I had to buy one for myself as well, you know how you do. She sent me a note the other night saying she’d tried the tea and it “…was so good. It tastes like maple syrup.” Since I hadn’t tried it I decided to let it be the last one to review for the month. I really wish I could honestly say it was an awesome way to end this awesome month, but I cannot.

Angel’s Dream contains both black (Assam) and (a mystery) green tea along with cornflower petals, mallow blossoms, and the natural flavours of maple and wild 36168002-DA56-4B50-9C4D-FABF321B5D13blackberry. The teas used in its making come from Sri Lanka, Formosa and Assam (India) with 98% or more coming from estates that are part of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP). Upon opening the bag, the aroma was sweet and familiar but one I couldn’t quite place. Once steeped it smelled much like one of Victoria’s flavoured coffees, but it kind of tasted like one of the Simmer Snap wax melts I’ve bought in the past from Colonial Candle. I just can’t figure out which one and didn’t feel up to going downstairs where they are stored to satisfy my curiosity, especially since I wasn’t really curious enough to figure it out.

I kept trying to taste the maple flavour as well as the blackberry flavour but was never quite able to distinguish or separate the two. Then again, I only made one cup as it was later in the evening than I like to drink caffeinated tea. I also only steeped it for three minutes while the package says you can go up to five minutes. I did warm my teacup before adding my T-Sac containing the loose leaf tea, and I did add a teaspoon of honey. Perhaps if I make it again one day in my little teapot and have my usual three cups, which means the second and third cups will have had a longer time to steep, I’ll have more luck in distinguishing/separating the flavours.

All in all it was a nice enough tea but not a knock-my-socks off tea as some of the others reviewed this month have been. At this point, it’s not one that I will reorder unless my next experiment, as mentioned above, gives me better results. Not to worry though. I have plenty other still-to-be-tried teas in my stash, so I’m confident that I’ll find others that I like well enough that the future absence of this blend will not be noticed.

Until next month…

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A Tea That’s My Favourite Colour!

When looking for something new to try back before Christmas that was caffeine free, I ran across Indigo Punch from Harney & Sons. The photo on their website was as appealing as the description of the blend. Put a purple tea in front of me and it’s quite doubtful that I’ll resist it.
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This tea is a blend of butterfly pea flower, fragrant apple pieces and rosehips, bright lemongrass, lemon peel, and vivid raspberry. A natural honey flavour has also been included in the blend, but that didn’t stop me from adding more honey to my cup of tea. While I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d like the butterfly pea flower flavour, as I’d never had it before, I shouldn’t have been concerned. This blend is absolutely wonderful! I greatly enjoyed this tea on many levels. Visually it was appealing with its purple colour, the aroma that wafts upwards when you take the lid off the tin is wonderful, and the flavour is perfect.

Curiosity got the better of me, so I had to look up information on the butterfly pea flower. Seems it has been used to treat several ailments down through the years that include, but are probably not limited to, general pain, the reduction of inflammation, common eye issues such as conjunctivitis, to fight against certain types of cancers, and stimulate brain health. Because it contains a lot of antioxidants, it helps the body fight free radicals that can cause premature aging and are toxic to our system. That means that this tea could be used as an aid to detox the body.

The other thing I learned about this flower is that it has the ability to change colours depending on the pH. It will also change colour depending on how it’s prepared. If you add lemon juice to tea made from blue butterfly pea flowers it will change the colour from blue to purple. Since this blend has lemon peel I’m guessing that’s why it turned out to be such a lovely purple colour.

Pic-HS-Indigo Punch-TinIf I were to offer any criticism at all it would be with regards to packaging. While the label graphics are interesting, I must admit to having a bit of a shock when I opened the tin. It was only half full! What happened?! I’m used to ordering Harney’s 4 oz. tins and they’re always full, but this 4 oz. tin only contains 2 oz. of tea, which is exactly what I ordered and what’s stated on the label. It seems that enough time had elapsed between the time I ordered the tea and the time I actually opened it that I’d forgotten it was less than the usual 4 oz. So, if you order this tea don’t think you’ve been gypped when you find your tin isn’t full. Given how popular this blend appears to be based on the comments on Harney’s website, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t ditch the 2 oz. tin and replace it with a 4 oz. Of course, the most economical thing to do as the consumer would be to buy the one pound bag. That might be just what I do once this tin runs out. I can then refill the tin from the one pound bag and take it downstairs to enjoy while the remainder of the pound bag stays upstairs to enjoy. Once my girls try it though I get the feeling that some of that pound bag will have to go home with them as well. Might ought to just order two one pound bags to be on the safe side.

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Photo Credit: Harney & Sons

Lovely Friends, Lovely Tea

Aren’t friends wonderful?! I think so, and I’m very grateful to have some lovely friends who understand and indulge, some even facilitate, my passion for tea. Case in point – the tea I’m going to share with you today was a gift from a very dear friend, Beverly, who was actually my matron of honour when Rick and I married back in 1988.

Beverly has family in Florida and while on vacation picked up a couple of teas for me to try. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Knowing someone is thinking of you while on vacation, and visiting with family no less, gives one a warm and cozy feeling inside. I am so blessed.
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This tea came from The Spice & Tea Exchange of Mount Dora. It’s kind of odd actually that I picked today out of the whole month of January to review one of the teas that she gifted me with from here because this shop was closed today for remodeling, according to their Facebook page. If you live in the vicinity, you might want to drop in and look over their newly remodeled tea bar. Wish I could do that, but it’s a bit of a drive from here to there, and I’m still babysitting.

Cinnamon Plum Herbal Tea is the blend that I’d like to tell you about now. The aroma that wafts out of the bag is amazing, absolutely amazing. It smells like a really good spice cake, or something along those lines. In other words, it’d be good enough to eat as is if it weren’t just tea leaves. Once steeped it still 3BBDC51A-9135-4274-9F69-702D3B294567smells spicy, but the colour of this tea is what will grab your attention. Red Velvet Cake was the first thing that I thought of when I saw the colour. It’s a very rich red colour that’s just lovely. What else is in this tea? The packet says it’s rich in currants, hibiscus, and has notes of cinnamon and licorice root, all of which are organic. It also includes natural plum flavouring. The resulting tea is warming and definitely qualifies as a dessert tea. Thankfully, it’s caffeine free so having it later in the afternoon isn’t a problem. The flexibility of this blend is a plus. If you like mulled cider or wine, you can use this blend for that purpose as well.

I greatly enjoyed this tea and will hate to run out of it. Part of me would like to just put it in a nice little bowl so I can smell it all the time. That would be a waste of good tea though, so I’ll just satisfy myself with a sniff every now and then when making a cup isn’t convenient. It’s a good thing that sniffing tea isn’t illegal in the privacy of your own home. Otherwise…

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A Coconut Nut Here…

I’ve not been drinking enough green tea lately. I used to have a cup first thing every morning, but once I started babysitting I stopped. Mainly, because I barely function at 5:30 a.m., so making and drinking tea at that too-early-for-me time just doesn’t happen. Only occasionally have I made green tea on a weekend morning because weekend mornings are for relaxing and having a good pot of breakfast tea.
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Sunday morning though found me trying a new-to-me green tea that I’d picked up at HomeGoods last week. While I’ve purchased other Heath & Heather flavours over the past several years, mainly from teadog, I’d not tried this one. Seeing that it had coconut I definitely wanted to give it a try. One, because I love coconut, and two, because coconut is often rather sweet on its own. I can gladly say that I was not disappointed with this tea.

I tried it first without sweetener and liked it well enough that had I more willpower I could have skipped adding honey, but I didn’t so in went the honey, but not as much as usual so give me a gold star for that. The addition of honey made this nice cup of tea a definite must-buy-more-when-I-run-out tea. The flavour of the green tea was delicate, not at all grassy, and the coconut made for a palate-pleasing addition. I only made one cup, as that’s all the time I had for indulging, but I wish I’d been able to make a whole pot and had my usual three cups. You can bank on the fact that the next time I have this tea that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

This tea contains 97% organic green tea plus natural flavouring. While it doesn’t contain the meat of the coconut, I can’t help but think that it will still provide many of the benefits of coconut. Coconuts are high in MCTs and MCT oil is often recommended in Keto recipes. The fat in coconuts is a medium-chain fatty acid, which is better absorbed as compared to animal saturated fat, and is said to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Reducing inflammation is a big part of why a person changes to Keto. Coconuts are also high in manganese. Manganese is essential for bone health as well as the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and cholesterol. Another plus is their richness in copper and iron. These elements help form red blood cells as well as selenium which is an important antioxidant that provides protection for your cells.

Heath & Heather has been around since 1920. They work alongside the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) to promote the safe use of medicinal herbs. Having 100 years of creating “herbal remedies” under your belt is a pretty good claim to fame. Their other tea that I try to keep in my stash is their Echinacea tea for those times when I catch a cold. All in all though I’d say I have at least eight different tea blends, probably more if I were to take an actual count. Each of these blends has its own health benefits. Some might sound odd, like Aloe Vera or Nettle for example, but those plants were put here for a reason. Why shouldn’t their healing properties be used for just that purpose? Waste not, want not…

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Photo Credit: Heath & Heather

A Bit of Luxury

If I were a betting kinda person, I’d bet that everyone likes a bit of luxury. Of Pic-MS Luxury Gold Frtcourse, while luxury is viewed differently by each individual, it usually makes one think of something that’s a cut above the normal – something that isn’t run of the mill – something that makes any given point in time feel more special than usual. With those parameters in mind, I can safely say that Marks & Spencer’s Luxury Gold tea definitely lives up to its name.

Sealed in a gold foil bag, the round teabags contain fairtrade Pic-MS Luxury Gold Pktstea picked from the best tea gardens in the world. According to their box, the tea that is chosen for this blend is vacuum packed on the estate from whence it came in order to preserve its special flavour. Only the top two leaves and a bud are hand picked for this blend at just the right stage of maturity. This makes M&S Luxury Gold like no other tea as it has a “true” tea flavour which is full yet smooth and sweet.

Rather than rehash what I’ve already said about this tea, I took the liberty of copying and pasting my review on teadog from three years ago, almost to the day even. How odd is that?!

Teadog Review:
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“I cannot say enough good things about this tea. I tried it with a little honey and no milk and it was great. I added a little milk and it was even better. It’s has a lovely, smooth flavor with no astringency that I could detect, even after leaving the bags in the pot for a while. It gives some of the other gold blends that I have enjoyed a run for their money. I will definitely buy more in the future.”

My opinion of this blend hasn’t changed a bit since then. I still love it and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to experience a great cup of tea. As for buying more in the future, I need to do that as I only have a couple more servings worth of this tea left.

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Photo Credit: teadog

Not Mint for Me

In keeping with last year’s monthly review of Christmas teas on the 25th of the month, I would like to present Christmas in Paris by Stash Tea Co. This herbal tea contains cocoa shells, peppermint, lavender, natural chocolate flavour, and vanilla extract. While I don’t like the taste of mint, the promise of chocolate was enough to tempt me into trying this blend. I was very thankful that it only contains trace amounts of caffeine since I ended up drinking it at almost 8:00 p.m.

The teabags are individually wrapped, a plus in my opinion as I like to share tea 3F4EC034-D756-4D00-A493-0278A622F8CBwith others and find that it’s much easier if they’re each in a nice little sealed packet. I didn’t have to tear the top off of the packet very far before smelling mint. In fact, the aroma that wafted out of the packet instantly reminded me of those round peppermint patties that I used to win for perfect attendance in Sunday School but never got to eat because I didn’t like them. Odd how some aromas bring back age-old memories. Once steeped the tea had that same familiar smell, so I had no doubt that I’d be tasting the mint, like it or not.

I tried the tea without sweetener first and knew immediately that I needed to add honey in order to drink this tea. The addition of honey did indeed help. I could definitely taste the mint and the chocolate but not so much the lavender. Overall it was a nice tea for a cold evening. I can’t say that I didn’t like it, but the verdict is still out as to whether or not I’ll drink more of this blend. The remaining 17 teabags might just find their way to a friend who I know does enjoy mint infused teas. Now if you enjoy mint teas, or those round peppermint patties, then you’ll no doubt enjoy this tea. It is a smooth warming tea that I’d easily classify it as a dessert tea.

Since the tea had chocolate in it, I decided to also try a new Keto friendly cookie that I’d picked up at HomeGoods. I bought the Chocolate Fudge Cookies complete with chocolate chips. My hope was that the chocolate chip cookie would intensify the chocolate flavour of the tea while downplaying the mint flavour. It didn’t. If anything, the tea had a more chocolate taste than the cookies. The cookies are made by Too Good Gourmet. While the front of the package says they’re under 2 grams of net carbs, I cannot figure out how they’re making their calculations. According to the nutritional facts on the side of the box, one cookie has 7 grams of total carbs. Some folks subtract from that dietary fiber which in this case is only 1 gram. So as I understand it, one cookie, which is the stated serving size, would end up having 6 grams of carbs. The cookies are nice and soft, about 2” across, and made with almond flour. The chocolate flavour was pretty mild. At $4.99 per box, and that was HomeGoods price, for only 8 cookies they’re a bit pricey. I enjoy having cookies with my tea but I’m also trying to follow Keto guidelines. Having a box of these on hand would help keep me from feeling deprived of my cookies, but at the same time I could only have one since it appears that the carbs in each cookie is about a third of my daily allotment. I think I’d rather make the chocolate cookies in Maria Emmerich’s Comfort Foods book that I mentioned before. At least with those I can have two per serving, they taste better, and I get 25 cookies out of one batch. I’ve not calculated the cost, but I’m pretty sure they’re less expensive than these store bought cookies.

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Here We Go Again…

When I decide which tea I’m going to review I look to see if the site from which I ordered it still stocks it. That way it will be easy for you to purchase the tea brand/blend and try it for yourself. The tea I reviewed yesterday, Ringtons Kenyan Gold, wasn’t to be found on the site from which I had purchased it several times. It seems that I’m in the same boat with today’s tea choice, Yata Watte by Dilmah.

I purchased this tea at least twice that I can recall from teadog. It was another of those adventurous days on that first order which means that the description of this tea is what caught my attention and made me decide to give it a try. What was it about the description that was so intriguing? Well, this tea was compared to a Cabernet WP-Yata WatteSauvignon. While I’m not a wine drinker, I have heard that this particular variety of wine is a good choice when you aren’t sure what to get. Seriously, I have no idea or insight into the world of wine, but to have a tea compared to that just sounded like something I needed to try.

Verdict: If Cabernet Sauvignon is as good as this tea then I can understand why folks would indulge. I fell in love with this tea from the first sip. It has everything I like in a tea – rich, full-bodied, robust if you will but not astringent or bitter at any stage. It just wrapped around me as I sat in my comfortable chair, listening to classical music, and enjoying a moment of complete relaxation. It’s another of the teas that I tend to save for Sunday afternoon or maybe a Saturday when I’ve been more productive than usual and need a bit of time to recoup my energy to finish out the day. Of course, I do add honey and a little milk to my cup of tea. I’m beginning to think that’s more out of habit than anything. Since we’ve been trying to switch to a more Ketogenic diet I’ve found that I can use less honey which is a good thing. However, I would never use erythritol (Swerve) or monk fruit in this tea. I think I’d do without all together before altering the flavour of this wonderful tea. Yes, I know honey alters it somewhat, but it alters it in a positive direction. I’ve had enough foods with the all natural sweeteners to know that this tea will only ever have honey added to it as needed.

In addition to the wonderful taste of Yata Watte, Dilmah has nailed it with packaging. The tin has an interesting shape as well as classic graphics. When you open the hinged lid there’s a fitted inner lid that tightly seals in freshness. Even still, I leave my tea in the foil package that it comes in just as added protection since it does get humid here in the south, even in air conditioned spaces.

One interesting thing I discovered on Dilmah’s website was a list of dishes with which to pair Yata Watte. The fact that pasta, cheese cakes, and creamy sauces were three of the four items listed perfectly matches my preferences when it comes to food. If I can have any of those three, and especially if all three are had in the same meal, I’m on cloud nine. Maybe I’m going to have to take my own tea to the Italian restaurant next time and have that with my Fettuccine Alfredo and cheese cake instead of plain water. Think they’d mind?

WP-Ran WatteDilmah has three other varieties of single origin teas in their Watte lineup, but of the other three I’ve only tried the Ran Watte. This tea is compared to fine champagne. Maybe that’s why I wasn’t as impressed with this variety as with the Yata Watte. I did try champagne once and was absolutely unimpressed with it. Might have been the variety of champagne, I don’t know. I just didn’t like it and never drank it again. So, when tea time rolls around the Ran Watte has been passed over for the Yata Watte nine out of ten times. If getting more Yata Watte is going to prove problematic though I guess I’m going to have to go ahead and use the Ran Watte in order to stretch the Yata Watte a bit further.

I know there are a ton of really good teas on the market these days. As I said before, I have a generous tea stash, and I’m always adding to it. But there are just some teas that you find that become favourites over others. When the others run out they aren’t replaced with more of the same but are replaced with something different because they just weren’t enjoyable enough to buy more of the same. However, when a tea becomes a favourite it is always replaced by more of the same when you run out. It might not be one that you drink every day, but knowing it’s there for you when you need it is, in my opinion, just as comforting as the tea itself. Here’s hoping that Dilmah will once again be among the teas that teadog offers in the future. They already have a very good selection, but I was really Dlimah Teapotsurprised when I discovered that Dilmah was no longer among the tea brands that they offer. I even won a little Dilmah teapot several years ago that I use almost every time I make tea for myself. I love that little teapot. Crossing my fingers now that replacing my Yata Watte when I run out will be possible in the near future.

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Photo Credit: Dilmah

Good as Gold

Have you ever participated in a treasure hunt? Most of us have at one time or another. Sometimes they’re called scavenger hunts, but the end result is pretty much the same. You look for something that is valuable, and if you find it you win a prize. Hunting for treasure will be what I’ll be doing once I run out of Ringtons Kenyan Gold tea. I purchased this tea on several occasions from teadog. Unfortunately, Ringtons is no longer available on their site. What am I going to do when I run out?!WP-Kenyan Gold-TD

I’ve done a search online to see if there are any other vendors in the US that carry this blend. So far, the only place I’ve found is Amazon. I don’t buy anything from Amazon. I haven’t for years, not after the second time my credit card information was compromised and I had to go through all kinds of rigmarole to get a new card. That’s a pain I don’t need to put myself through again. I look at Amazon like I look at WalMart. They don’t have anything that I absolutely need that I can’t find or figure out a way to get elsewhere.

Trying this blend was another adventure for me way back when. To say I was pleased with my “treasure” upon my first taste would be an understatement. This is one lovely tea blend! It became one that I saved to have on Sunday afternoons when I could sit down, relax, and really enjoy a good cup of tea, slowly, mindfully. This tea is smooth with no astringency whatsoever. It’s a strong blend with a rich and malty flavour. I add milk and honey for a most enjoyable tea time. This is the only black tea in my stash where the instructions for brewing say to catch the water just before it comes to a complete boil. That works for me because it means I get to enjoy my tea no less than 30 seconds sooner. Every second does count when you’re having tea withdrawal.

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Photo Credit: teadog

Winter Tea

I reviewed a tea from Basilur on the 15th and mentioned that I did have other selections from this vendor to try and to review for you. One of my most recent purchases was a box of individually sealed teabags with the moniker Four Seasons on the box. Since I like to listen to the Four Seasons by Vivaldi I couldn’t pass up this box now could I? Absolutely not. It was a sign that this box of tea needed to come live at my house. While I would have loved for it to be in one of their lovely decorative tins it was, alas, in a box, nicely designed mind you, but still just a box.
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Since it is winter the first tea I chose to try was the Winter tea blend. I wasn’t too sure to begin with whether or not I wanted to try this selection since the packet that contained the teabag was silver. I was afraid that meant that this was a white tea, and I’m not too good with white teas. I don’t have a tea kettle that allows for specific temperatures and white teas need cooler water than black teas. In other words, it’s a guessing game for me as to whether or not I have the right temperature of water for white tea. After reading the description on the box though I was relieved that it was indeed a black Ceylon tea that I was dealing with, so I went ahead and took it with me to the beach.

In addition to Pure Ceylon black tea, Basilur has added cranberry flavour to this blend. Once steeped it has a slightly fruity aroma. I tasted the tea before adding a sweetener and decided it definitely needed the extra punch of honey to make it an enjoyable cup of tea. The flavour wasn’t what I was expecting, which was a more tart taste because of the cranberries. Instead, it had a very mild cranberry flavour, not tart at all. At first, I thought it was a bit lack luster, but once I’d finished that first cup I decided it was a very mild and relaxing cup of tea. It’s definitely not a zinger, but it’s not a dud either. It’s a tea that I’d drink after a long day when I wanted to be comforted rather than energized. Did I like it enough that I would buy it again in the event that I ran across the blend in the lovely tin shown on their website? Absolutely!

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I Do Love a Good Mystery

As mentioned before, I greatly enjoy reading mysteries. It has something to do with the need to have my brain in constant motion in order to keep myself from becoming bored. Yes, I do read the occasional romance novel, but they’re almost always so hokey and unrealistic that slogging through a whole one is quite an effort. No, give me a good who-dun-it, and I’m happy. What has this to do with tea, you’re wondering? Well, on one of my orders to Plum Deluxe I decided to add their Blender’s Choice option to my cart. I paid just $5 for a tea blend of their choosing, thereby saving $2 and giving myself a surprise to which I could look forward.A4690D4B-A2BA-451A-8778-9D9EBB97A824

Was the surprise worth waiting for? Yes! I received Soul Warmer Herbal Tea. What a perfect tea to drink in the winter when your soul, as well as the rest of you, needs warming up. To the all organic rooibos base they add apple pieces, cocoa nibs, orange peel, calendula, blue cornflowers, hazelnut and chestnut essences, and caramel extract. Is that not a lovely tea?
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The aroma that comes from the packet is enticing. You know immediately that you’re in for a treat. The resulting tea is sweet, especially with a teaspoon of honey added to it. It reminded me of something from the moment I took a sip. It took a while to decide just what though. I finally decided it was kettle corn. I love kettle corn! I try to buy a bag, or two, every year when we go to Gatlinburg. Now I don’t have to wait a whole year between bags of popcorn, I can just indulge in a cup of this tea. Best of all, it’s caffeine free, so I can indulge both day and night. What a win-win that is!

Am I reading a good mystery right now? The answer to that question is also, yes! I’m reading Death of an Honest Man by M. C. Beaton. The main character in this series is Hamish Macbeth, and he always has a couple of murders, usually connected to one another, to solve. The location is one that I’d love to visit one day, the Scottish Highlands. If I ever got to go I’d probably run into relatives there, or at least somewhere in Scotland. Drinking this tea while reading my mystery book has been a great way to spend the weekend. Oh, yes, one more thing. I’m doing all of this while sitting at the beach. Can you say, “Ahhhhhh…”

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