drank Chocolate Tea by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

My toes were really cold this morning! It was our first day of the household temperature dropping below 70 degrees. We have a rule against building the first fire of the year until it hits 65 degrees, and that includes no turning on the furnace. It helps us get acclimated to the new season and get accustomed to using the woodstove again.

This meant I needed a toe-warming tea today. What better than a tea that impersonates hot chocolate? I succumbed to the temptation and wiles of JacquelineM and added (gulp) a squirt of chocolate syrup, a splash of milk, and a wee bit of sugar. Toes and nose are toasty now! Aaaaaah.

And for those of you in really cold climes, we are fully aware that 69 degrees IS toasty to you, we are wimps, and piedmont North Carolina isn’t cold! But we get used to the 100 degree days and have a hard time adjusting to cooler weather! We love sleeping with the windows open and it was 49 degrees last night!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Janefan

I hear you! I’m in the same general area, and my toes have been cold all week! the 65 degree rule is a good idea. I just hate the change of seasons!

JacquelineM

Sally Bowles would be proud of you for that squirt of chocolate syrup :) :) :)

Lori

We have been in the 70s and it definitely seems “cold” but glad from the break from the heat.

ashmanra

I am enjoying the break from the heat as well! We had soooo many days with a heat index over 100 degrees, but we still drank our tea every day! Now I can enjoy it on the patio instead of huddling on top of the a/c vent to drink it. The rest of the week is supposed to be near 80, but for us that IS fall weather. I have decorated the outside for Christmas barefoot many times. And we eventually get used to the cooler temps, it just takes us a while.

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Janefan

I hear you! I’m in the same general area, and my toes have been cold all week! the 65 degree rule is a good idea. I just hate the change of seasons!

JacquelineM

Sally Bowles would be proud of you for that squirt of chocolate syrup :) :) :)

Lori

We have been in the 70s and it definitely seems “cold” but glad from the break from the heat.

ashmanra

I am enjoying the break from the heat as well! We had soooo many days with a heat index over 100 degrees, but we still drank our tea every day! Now I can enjoy it on the patio instead of huddling on top of the a/c vent to drink it. The rest of the week is supposed to be near 80, but for us that IS fall weather. I have decorated the outside for Christmas barefoot many times. And we eventually get used to the cooler temps, it just takes us a while.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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