Thursday, 31 March 2016

Teas for autumn

Autumn is prime tea drinking season - after a long summer, I dream of cold, dark mornings and many cups of warming tea! I predominantly drink green and herbal teas, but since discovering (and becoming obsessed with) the tea column on Bois de Jasmin, I've been inspired to experiment more with different teas.

No tea cupboard is complete without a chai in the cooler months, and my current favourite is Kashmir Tchai from Kusmi Tea. As well as being a wonderful chai (both spicy and comforting), it's aesthetically pleasing. The black tea is flecked with whole cloves and crumbled leaves; a pretty pot of black, pale orange and green. I'd like to make my own chai tea next time as it sounds very simple.

Fornum and Mason's Smoky Earl Grey is, as the name suggests, a smokier version of the traditional, bergamot-scented blend, thanks to the addition of Gunpowder and Lapsang leaves. Smoky teas are not for everyone, but this particular blend is not overpowering or too strong. It's a warming twist on a perennial favourite.

A recent favourite is French Breakfast tea from Mariage Frères. It is quite similar to a traditional English Breakfast blend, but more gourmand (it has subtle notes of chocolate and caramel). Comforting, somewhat indulgent, yet "elegant and refined" as Mariage Frères themselves put it.

Please share your favourite cooler weather teas below.
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