Hot tea and a good book? Love this idea, hate this idea, or fall somewhere in between?
Sipping hot tea while reading a print or ebook is a lifelong habit that I have no intention of breaking. It’s one of the ways I relax and unwind and escape into fictional worlds with satisfying happily-ever-after romantic tales.
Real life doesn’t always provide happy endings, but a good romance book will guarantee the ‘Ahh’ feeling will stay with us, at least for a short time, after we read the last page and close the book.
Contemporary Christian Romance (CCR) is my favorite genre to read (and write) and I sometimes select my hot tea to either match my mood or the tone in the story. Strong brewed tea will wake me up and keep me alert if I’m reading a fast paced story. Other varieties of hot teas are more mellow and relaxing and match a lighter and more leisurely paced story.
Dilmah Extra Strength Black Ceylon Tea from Sri Lanka with full cream milk (2% milk in USA) and no sugar or sweetener is my go-to tea of choice. I limit myself to one, or maybe two cups of coffee per day, but it’s not unusual for me to drink four or more cups of tea in one day. Especially when I’m writing and alternating between tea and water to stop my snacking cravings. Writing for me is apparently hunger-inducing work, lol.
I do enjoy many of the Twinings range of teas with milk, including English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Lady Grey. I also like varieties of Green Tea, Peppermint Tea and South African Rooibos Teas that do not need milk or sugar or anything else added.
Last weekend my husband and I visited Adore Tea – a well known Teahouse in Canberra, Australia. We indulged in a morning tea called Devonshire Tea – which includes scones with jam and cream. We especially enjoyed the apple and cinnamon walnut scones.
The scones were matched with ‘Platinum Black’ Tea and an ‘Afternoon Bliss’ flavoured Black Tea. With a hint of vanilla, the ‘Afternoon Bliss’ blend was lovely and I didn’t need to add milk. If you’re a hot tea drinker and planning to visit Canberra, I’d recommend adding Adore Tea to your itinerary.
I never leave Adore Tea empty-handed, and we spent time browsing the large range of teas on display. Our take-home stash included the Black Tea varieties ‘Australian Daintree’ and ‘Irish Breakfast’, the Black Tea flavored blends ‘Afternoon Bliss’ and ‘Miss Grey’, an ‘Organic Green Rooibos’ tea plus the smaller two-cup Herbal blends called ‘Stress-Less’ and ‘Mum’s Treat’.
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