What is the perfect thing to go with a nice new book? A cup of tea of course! Well, a cup of tea, and some chocolate, with new pyjamas and a huge pile of blankets is probably perfect, but most of the time I’ll just take the tea. I spend a lot of my time reading. And a lot of my time drinking tea. And a lot of my time doing both. I am an absolute tea hoarder (In my university room pictured here I have the same amount of shelf space dedicated to tea as I do to books so…) So I thought it might be nice to share with you the teas I am currently obsessed with, to inspire you to try a new cup of tea with your book. Of course, a standard builders brew is all well and good, but sometimes its nice to have something different. I tend to change what I’m drinking quite a lot (mostly because I get through it so quickly that I’m endlessly buying new boxes) so I may make this a more regular thing, if people seem interested.
1. Twinings Lady Grey
This is my standard tea. Where most people drink English Breakfast, I drink Lady Grey. I get called pretentious for it a lot, but I think it has a much nicer flavour, and the hint of lemon in it is really good for making you feel a bit more alive in the morning. Of course, as a Black Tea it’s also great on colder days, when you’re snuggled up under a blanket with a really dense book that you can’t wait to get through. Think The Bone Season, or Deathly Hallows.
2. Tetley Super Green Teas
I have the Boost in Berry, and the Immune in Tropical. I love Green Tea, especially as it starts to get a bit warmer, and I want something a bit lighter to go with the weather. Both of these are really refreshing (I finished one before I remembered to take a picture and accidentally threw it away so only the Immune one is shown here), and are meant to have added vitamin-y things in to make you more awake, and boost your immune system. While I’m not sure whether that’s actually true, it can’t help to drink them all the same! Green tea of any type is really good for you, and I always feel so much better when I drink it. At £1.50 a box I could afford to drink multiple cups a day to get me through my piles of uni reading, and they taste amaze.
3. Higher Living Green Tea Chai
My sister gave me this for my birthday and oh my goodness it’s so good. It’s fairly similar to chai tea, but lighter and better for you because it isn’t full of milk and sugar. It’s really nice in the evening when I want something warming but with less caffeine than Lady Grey. I got though a significant number of these when reading The Heir, and the two went together perfectly.
4. M & S Lemon, Ginseng and Ginger Tea
I don’t like the taste of this. I have to say it because honestly, I can barely stand to drink it. Which may make you question why it’s made this list. Well, it’s only £1 and it is absolutely THE best thing for shifting a cold. I mean, if you have full on flu then you might need a bit more TLC, but for those times where you just feel really grotty, but you still have to get on with life, drinking this three times a day will make you feel so much better, so quickly, even if you do have to stomach the taste (I really hate the taste of lemon and honey-esque concoctions, so it’s not really surprising that I don’t like this. If you are one of those people, like my mother, who will home-make lemon and honey drinks then you will probably love this. I am, unfortunately, not one of those people. I will say that it tastes better than those yellow strepsels though so that’s something at least.)
5. Pukka Night Time Tea
Pretty self-explanatory really. It has lavender and oat flower in it which is supposed to help you fall asleep more easily. I don’t tend to have too much trouble sleeping but I do find that when I curl up with this I feel nice and relaxed, and sometimes even struggle to finish my chapter.
So there we go! The five teas I am loving at the moment. That hardly makes a dent into my tea shelf though, so if you want to see what else I have as I keep trying different things let me know, because I’d definitely like to do more! Sitting down for hours with a book just isn’t the same without a good cup of tea right?!