There is a certain romance around tea…
Worth a mention/nostalgia: The whistle of a steaming kettle (one of my favorite sounds), measuring tea leaves into an empty teapot, tiny silver stirring spoons, a designated tea cupboard that smells like a dream when opened, sterling silver strainers that look as if they might walk over to you, the ever changing pattern of steam flitting up and away from your mug, the eclectic variety of tea cups and saucers, beautiful colors of tea leaves and spices, and last but certainly not least… the opportunity for good company and conversation…in other words, “nuthin like a good old fashioned tea party!”
One of my favorite kinds of tea hands down is Earl Grey. I love the hint of bergamot oil which makes Earl Grey tea, well, Earl Grey tea! Bergamot is citrus fruit, yellow in color and about the same size of an orange. Apparently, this was the favorite tea of the British prime minister in the 1830’s, Charles Earl Grey 2nd. …and so… It was named after him, hhhmmm… who woulda thought?!
I take mine with a bit of cream, sugar, a good book and/or good company. I usually buy loose leaf tea because I enjoy the preparation of the “good cup-a-tea” process and for the freshness factor. I suppose it is personal preference as to how strong you like your tea but here’s a little suggestion given to me by a lovely soul who works at one of my favorite tea shops; “One scoop for me, one scoop for you and one scoop for the pot!” Suggested amount for 2 or 3 tea drinkers. Let steep for 3/4 minutes. Enjoy!