I try to not be too picky about things when I travel. When I am home I have quite a variety and selection of teapots to choose from as you know. But when I travel it is a little bit different. Not every place has the same
obsession idea about brewing tea.
I am definitely not a tea snob. It does not have to be loose tea all of the time. I do use tea bags. I prefer loose tea but I also switch it up a lot and use the Keurig to brew some in a flash. So I think that shows that I am definitely not a purist when it comes to how I brew my tea.
On our recent trip to South Carolina we found ourselves at a lovely crepe place for a late breakfast. We honestly had no idea where this place was and ended up driving a bit but it was worth it. We found Lazy Susan’s Cafe & Creperie at 31 A Market Street in Beaufort. We decided to eat outside at a little bistro table even though it was a little chilly and it was an excellent choice.
I ordered black tea and was thrilled when it arrived. Just look at this lovely set.
It was the perfect set and one that suited me to a tea. “Smile”.
I actually have one of these little small teapots and it resides at Aaron and Erin’s place in Jacksonville. It is my teapot to use when I visit them and I love it. It is the perfect small size for a couple of nice cups and doesn’t take up much room.
I also found that the owners of the place we rented had a love of tea as well. While they did not have a tea pot to use they did provide a lovely tea kettle and two beautiful tea cups. I had plenty of cups of tea out of them during our stay.
I think any tea is fine and however you take it is perfect. Tea with sugar, tea with milk, tea with honey, tea with nothing at all – it’s all good, isn’t it? As a matter of fact all of this talk about tea makes me think I need a cuppa right now.
Tea is wealth itself, because there is nothing that cannot be lost, no problem that will not disappear, no burden that will not float away, between the first sip and the last.
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Those smaller teapots are perfect. I have a mini Brown Betty and use it for my herbal teas! Like you, I love all teas and love to try new ones. Paul, however only drinks regular Tetley tea. He has his own regular size Brown Betty. That teacup is very sweet.
I love that you have his and hers teapots! That makes it really easy and the perfect way to enjoy your own varieties.
It is convenient. Of course, you could have a teapot for each of 40 or more guests!!
I could probably have 300 guests….
Watching a segment of “Cook’s Country” (PBS) during the ‘taste testing’ portion, they compared 2 tea brands, each made with and w/o milk. The 2 brands were Tetleys and Twinings. Twinings was the preferred in both ways. The other had a sharper, tannin taste that was less favored. The other item noted was the difference in the amount of tea in teabags…..never knew that!
Both Tom and I enjoy our evening cup of Twining tea of late. A very nice change. LUV the view from the deck!
Interesting fun fact! Thanks for sharing your tea information today — I guess it makes sense that some companies skimp on the amount of tea put in the bags and you confirmed it.
Yes. But, I will look more closely at the boxes from now on so as not to steep the tea too long when it’s not necessary. Sigh……never stop learning…..ha!
The steeping time is truly important. I used to have an app on my phone that I set for each kind when i was brewing. I haven’t used it for awhile but I used to be pretty religious about using it especially with green and white teas. Temperature of water also plays a factor in the taste. I have a kettle that heats to the temperature of the tea I am brewing so that has been a game changer as well.
The water temp is so crucial!!!! What is the kettle you have???? And white/green teas are picky with these details (I know cuz I’m reeeeeelly into the green tea thing!)…..
I have a Cuisinart electric kettle- settings from 160 to Boil and even has a keep warm option.
Sunny gave me a box of tea bags as a thank you gift. Now I’m not a big tea drinker. But this tea I am enjoying. The quality is so much better than the big name mass produced tea bags. It’s fun to read the names and then taste all the varied flavors.
Sounds like Sunny gave you a great introduction to tea with a variety that you could actually taste the difference. Good tea is a real thing and even if I am not really a tea snob I do appreciate the nuances of good tea versus tea dust.
I’m the same way… I love loose leaf tea and have different strainers etc to use at home. I actually just found a collapsible travel one which I promptly used while we were at our mountain cabin. And while I have my favorites when it comes to tea, I’ll try any and all.
The collapsible one sounds like the perfect travel item. And you stocked up on honey while you were in the mountains, right? 🙂
Yes, I did. I got myself my favorite lavender honey… multiple bottles which were inspected by TSA.
Of course they had to inspect them! I was hoping you got them home okay!
Wherever I go, as long as there is tea I am happy. Just like you!
Tea makes every thing so much better, doesn’t it?
It is a perfect fit for traveling. Tea is good any place any time.
You are correct –there is no bad time for tea at all!