teas

The Way of the Tea

This blog is called Books & Tea, but I notice that I’ve been skimping on the tea part.  I have to be honest, I haven’t been integrating tea time into my daily schedule lately.  I’ve been paying the price since I can’t seem to shake off this cold.  Tea has magical immune system strengthening powers!  So, this morning, I enjoyed a splendid mug of Teavana’s Dragonwell Green Tea.

I don’t typically drink green tea (I much prefer black tea and white tea), but since my father bought me a bag of green tea this past Christmas, I thought I’d give the leaf another try.  Green tea (and Oolong tea, come to think of it) is typically too earthy tasting for me.  I’ve had Green and Oolong tea that reminded me of mud pies topped with grass.  But, I was pleasantly surprised by the Dragonwell Green.  Before steeping, the leaves had a sweet, grassy scent that reminded me of summer time (just what I need in this time of sudden snow and ice storms!).  The tea still had an earthy flavor, but it was really mellow compared to other green teas I’ve had.  Plus, there was a hint of sweetness too!  It was actually quite enjoyable!

After reading the health benefits on the Teavana site, I wish I had more of a taste for green tea.  Green tea is supposed to help detoxify the body, regulate blood sugar, prevent cancer, and promote healthy skin, teeth, and bones.  It’s also supposed to promote mental alertness which is always good after the office’s pot of coffee has already been guzzled down.

Somehow, my roommate’s pack of Lipton Green Tea and Mandarin ended up in my tea collection during our moving out process.  I wanted nothing to do with it originally, but now I’m thinking I might try it out.

Do you like green tea?  What kind of green tea do you like?

- Jackie

Long Lost Tea Parties

via endless-whispers

I miss having tea parties with my stuffed animals. Despite being 22 and a generally logical person, part of me still believes my stuffed animals have emotions and feelings. While I’m away, I wonder if my stuffed animals sit around in the guest bedroom at my parents’ house waiting for me to come home, missing me. I also wonder if the others are jealous of Andy Pandy, Marty the Panda, Sleepy Sherman, and Susie the Sheep because they were the only stuffed pals I brought with me to college. 

-Jackie