January is National Hot Tea Month

GreenTeaLady National Tea Month JanuaryI just found out that January is National Hot Tea Month! Wow! How exciting! In the Northern hemisphere, hot tea is the best thing ever on a cold January day. I’m currently cradling a pot of Japanese Gyokuro tea as I type this. Actually, there it is in the picture. A two-cup pot with the little cosy I made for it, a little cup, two Clementine tangerines, and some candles. My Vitamin C-filled afternoon salvation. A good pot of hot tea is an inspiration on chilly days full of fleece and flannel.

What’s your favorite hot tea for cold winter days? I really enjoy some of the bright green Japanese and Chinese teas at the height of winter — like Gyokuro, Sencha, and Dragon’s Well. They are just jammed with Vitamin C to help keep my immune system running. In the evenings, I really enjoy a smokier tea, like a Pu-erh. There’s nothing like a smoky tea to remind me of sitting by a warm campfire on a cool evening during camping season. Since I don’t have a fireplace, I need to improvise. A few candles and smoky tea take me part of the way there.

The other night, I was sipping a wonderful little flavored Pu-erh that someone gifted me last year while I was making a necklace. Maybe it was the combination of candles and smoky tea, maybe it was the contrast of cool room and hot tea, I’m not sure, yet the resulting necklace was a combination of warm green and dark red garnets, much like the green tea with it’s little red flower petals. I honestly didn’t even notice until I went to empty the strainer the next morning.

Tea is inspiration.

Happy National Hot Tea Month!

Breathe deeply,
Laugh with abandon,
Love wholly,
Eat well.

MiLady Carol
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