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Sep 8, 2009, 11:19am Top

Any suggestions for tea that goes great with the autumn foliage?

Edited: Sep 8, 2009, 11:42am Top

Pretty much any tea goes with autumn, but chai definitely works (masala chai - all those spices go well with pumpkin pie!)

Sep 8, 2009, 12:20pm Top

I agree with Ladygata--especially vanilla chai.

Although I'm not usually fond of flavored teas, an apple cinnamon would be nice. Or I occasionally simmer some apple cider with an herbal tisane blend, which isn't technically "tea" but is very nice for Autumn.

Sep 8, 2009, 1:41pm Top

Autumn! What's that? The daily high's have dropped down into the upper 90s (F) here, finally, though the lows are still in the 70s. Today and tomorrow are predicted to top out at 98F.

As I've posted elsewhere on this group, I'm suffering from severe hot tea withdrawal.


Sep 8, 2009, 4:34pm Top

Well, where I live it's been quite cool. The clouds have a gray calling to them and the leaves are dropping with such a delightful array. So, I suppose indulging in a hot tea depends on where you live. lol. ;)

Sep 9, 2009, 8:40am Top

Culinary Teas has a nice Canadian Ice Wine tea that has a grape-y taste without being tart. Has a nice harvest feel to it.

Sep 9, 2009, 8:51am Top

Pu Erh types, the dark earthy tastes of autumn to me. Some of smokier oolongs maybe too.

Sep 9, 2009, 3:20pm Top

Yogi makes a good Cocoa Spice and Celestial Seasonings has a Cranberry-Apple Zinger.

Sep 10, 2009, 11:40am Top

It's herbal, not officially tea, but Celestial Seasonings Roastaroma is a really nice decaf chicory/coffee-like blend that's nice with half and half.

(Funny, when I type in tea brand names, I keep looking for the touchstones to pop up!)

Sep 10, 2009, 3:04pm Top

I had my first cup of chai in ages this morning, as there's a chill in the air. Hooray for autumn teas! In another month or two I'll start craving peppermint tea.

Sep 10, 2009, 3:42pm Top

The fog outside Suzy's kitchen window, a delicate shield, cut out the late October sun. She was making chai. The tempo of this Saturday morning ritual was much to her liking. She measured milk and water into a large pot, followed by the greenish black leaves of exquisite black tea, one level teaspoon per cup, then sprinkled in whole spices, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. For added lift on this cool morning, she incorporated slivers of ginger root. Adding the rhizome to chai was a trick she'd learned at home; it was a folk remedy that kept winter colds at bay. She placed the pot on the stove and allowed it to simmer.

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Sep 10, 2009, 6:02pm Top

IT RAINED!!! Over 2 inches in the rain gage (we've only had 17 inches total over the past year). I was working from home today, the rain started and the temperature dropped into the 80s, so I fixed a big mug of chai and sat and read while the rain came down.


Sep 12, 2009, 11:01am Top

Still raining! 5 inches since Thur am (after only 17 inches in the past year), and the lake (our drinking water supply) is up 4 feet this morning (though still 30 feet below full).

More on topic - the high yesterday was only 81F. So, I enjoyed a full pot of Yorkshire Gold last night while reading, watching TV with the family, and puttering around the house listening to the rain.

I'm not breaking out the sweaters and wool caps yet, but maybe we're going to have an Autumn (and maybe even a little winter) this year after all.


Sep 17, 2009, 6:38pm Top

I absolutely love Upton's New England Harvest blend in the fall- apples, cinnamon, some orange peel, a bit of vanilla. Very smooth and very fall-like.

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