I have a dear friend who loves rainy and cloudy days. She finds them romantic. I always think of her when it is cloudy, which is the only good thing I can find about repeated cloudy days.
The sun is like a drug for me. When we lived in a duplex, I kept my nose pressed against the glass of the window looking outside. An older man down the street saved my sanity by telling me that I was welcome to come and wheel the baby around his lake anytime I wanted.
On the first warm days of spring I bare my arms and look toward the sun with closed eyes and feel my brain start pumping out all kinds of feel good chemicals.
So four days straight of heavy cloud cover is not sitting well. Plus, these are our first really truly chilly days.
IRISH BREAKFAST TO THE RESCUE! A whole pot to myself, taken with milk and sugar, to fortify me until the sun returns! You know, a pot of tea really does make the day more romantic. Now if I could just settle in with a good book instead of having to teach geometry to my little geometry-atheist…
Oh, she just refuted my last statement, saying that she isn’t a geometry atheist as she knows all too well that it exists. So, would she be called an anageometer? An anti-geometrist? Conscientious objector? I think she needs tea. Off to put kettle on….
This is one of the first Harney and Sons loose leaf teas I ever bought. My youngest daughter was really hooked on IB from A Southern Season so I wanted to try this. Foolish little tea baby that I was, I thought it was too strong, and we were drinking it with milk and sugar! Oh, how we grow and change! It turns out the SS one was weak.
I ground a batch of wheat today and made a pound cake (still in oven) and then we started experimenting with a single serving deep dish instant chocolate chip cookie recipe I had found. I wanted a tea that would stand up to the ncredible sweetness of this and offset it.
This is fantastic with it! The pure Assam is somewhat fruity and nicely malty. I am drinking mine without milk or sugar. The sweetness of the cookie would be far too much for me with a sweetened tea. This cuppa has good heft but isn’t brutal, just bracing. It is a very nice choice to pair with sweets in addition to being a very good breakfast milk and sugar cuppa.
Our mornings have been bearable lately, instead of hot and muggy. Youngest and I had breakfast on the patio today and this was my choice. It is a little strong for me so I drink it with milk and sugar, I saved the leftover tea, reheated it, and added a wee bit of extra water this afternoon, and had it again for tea time. I never would have noticed back when I just thought IB was too, too strong for me, but there is a lingering fruity taste that I enjoyed with this one today.
I haven’t had tHis one in quite a while. I bought it because youngest loved the IB from Southern Season, but this one was too strong for her. Yesterday we had Malachi and it seemed a little weak so I decided to give this another try. I didn’t say what brand it was, just told her it was IB and she drank two cups! It is much better than I remembered! Milk and sugar!
It is rainy here, but not cold. Still, the gray covering made for a cozy morning. Youngest and I made cinnamon toast – learned from my mother who put LOTS of brown sugar – cold milk, and Irish Breakfast.
This is a tea that will WAKE YOU UP in the morning! It isn’t bitter, but it is nice and strong. The aroma lets you know that it means business. I only drink this one with milk and sugar. I don’t think I could drink it without! It used to be too strong for youngest, but she likes it now.
I really want to learn to like assam teas. I read the reviews about how wonderful and malty they are and I want to join in, but so far Chinese black camellia sinensis teas are still my favorites! Even Chinese camellia assamicas do not thrill me the same way.
But I do enjoy Irish Breakfast blends, and this one happens to be 100% assam. I take it with milk and sugar ALWAYS. Why do assam teas make me rumbly in my tumbly when Chinese teas do not?
This is stronger than Irish Breakfast by A Southern Season. I think it is because Harney’s is 100% assam just as their English Breakfast is 100% keemun. I like this tea fairly well, and I am not overfond of assams. To an assam lover it is probably fabulous!
Drinking this one today in honor of my daughter in Northern Ireland, who is staying in today because she heard this bomb go off early this morning…..http://www.u.tv/News/200lb-bomb-at-Derry-police-station/3679f67d-23a2-4a12-b07b-95c840b3a12b.
This is a strong tea but not overpowering. It has nice body, not astringent, not smokey. Maybe a little chewy? And perhaps just a bit of “bite”! I like this one with milk and sugar.