Does any particular tea effect your mood or stir up some feeling? What emotions do particular teas bring out in you?
Drinking tea relaxes me, not only my body but my emotions. The only thing it doesn’t relax is my bladdar dang it LOL.
Best cup of tea I EVER had…couldn’t tell you the variety to save my life…was the first one I had following a wicked ice storm a couple Decembers ago. After a week of sub-freezing temps, no heat, no hot food, lack of sleep from cold and stress, the power came back on on a Sunday afternoon, I turned on the TV loud (Scrooge; the Albert Finney musical), luxuriated in the light of the Christmas tree, grinned ear-to-ear listening to the dryer run, and drank my first hot cuppa in days. All was right with the world.
I used to make a sun tea concoction when I was in Iraq. My wife would send me some fruit tea in the mail; it would get there about a month later. I would put about 5 teabags into a 1.5 liter bottle that I would strap down to the roof of my vehicle in the morning. I would leave it there to brew in the sun all day long. Come nightfall, I would remove the teabags and let it cool throughout the night.
In the morning, I would a strong and flavorful bottle of usually really cool tea to guzzle down in the morning. When compared to plain, sun-warmed water and bland military rations that tea was strong, bold and exciting. Sometimes it just reminded me of all the wonderful flavors that I was missing at home, other times the strength of the flavors and the coolness of the drink would just invigorate me for the day’s patrols.
That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for serving our country!
What an amazing creative solution – and eching @Cofftea – thanks for serving our country. Glad you’re home.
Did you just try fruit teas or herbals and true teas as well?
I used whatever my wife sent me (being picky isn’t useful in combat zone!). Over the period of time I had a range of stuff – I grew partial to the fruit teas because the strength of the flavor was so refreshing. When it would get really cold at night, it was almost like drinking fruit punch with upside of being good for you!