It's Tea Tuesday again! This week, I'm only bringing you one tea, because that's all I had that went with Lori's theme. (We choose themes based on what Lori's baking these days--though that usually gives me a pretty wide selection since she bakes a lot!)
Lori emailed me to let me know she'd baked some blackberry lime scones that sound just amazing. I need to move into her house--at least, every weekend when she bakes. In any case, I have this very tasty tea in my cupboard so it was an easy match!
The Republic of Tea Blackberry Sage tea is a black tea, so it's got caffeine. I don't drink this one as often for that reason. As I've mentioned before, I generally do most of my tea-drinking in the afternoon and evening so I stick with herbals. Once in awhile, though, especially on weekends, I have slightly longer mornings and can fit some black tea in after I'm done with my coffee allotment for the day.
Despite this tea being described on the package as a "fruity black tea," we all probably know my mantra by now. "Not sweet!" This is not an overpowering fruit at all, nor is it sweetened. I drink it black, and it's got just enough fruit flavor to make it interesting. Though it does have sage in it, it's also not overpowering--just a nice herbal note at the finish.
I always give props for creative, entertaining marketing ploys. It tickles me that the side of the canister says, "With a single sip the cloud of busy mind is made to pass and the light of life breaks through to show us what we have kept concealed from ourselves all along."
So drink this tea, and reveal yourself unto yourself.
Blackberries? Why, Peter Rabbit, of course! Peter's love of blackberries get him into a whole peck of trouble. (No spoilers!) If you've never had the joy of reading Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit series, well, just, wow. You have to. And you need to find the version with the original illustrations because they're beautiful.
I read Peter Rabbit over and over again when I was little, and while I was finding links for this post, I discovered a fantastic narrated version on Audible so I listened to it all over again. Even at 50-ahem, there's something very comforting about having Peter Rabbit read to me. There was another audiobook on Audible narrated by a different person but after listening to samples of both, the one I've linked to is the one I chose. (Voices and pacing are everything in an audiobook.) There's also a free audio version at this link.
However, no fair only listening to the narrated version without having the illustrations to look at as well. I think you have to brew yourself some blackberry tea--with or without sage--and curl up in an armchair with Peter Rabbit this weekend. Food for the soul, in so many ways.
Be sure to check out Lori's very tasty-looking Blackberry Lime Scones here!