Summer is for iced tea, but fall is Chai time!
Pumpkin, cinnamon and warm gingersnap cookies, there is a reason why people eat these things in the fall - all have a bit of spice to them. Tea is no different, which is why I start with a warm cup of Chai in the morning. Chai gives me a little kick that I always need when I first wake up. And, as a Black Tea, it has the most caffeine, which is always nice when you need to get your day started. Here are three chai I recommend this fall:
Then later in the day I move on to something green
While the caffeine in Black Tea is nice, I can’t drink more than 3 or 4 cups of it a day or I get jittery. So, to help keep me perky without twitching, I switch over to Green Tea. Green Tea has about 1/3 the caffeine as Black Tea, so it is the perfect afternoon tea after drinking copious amounts of Chai.
With the fall, I tend to like roasted flavors. And the best Green Tea with a roasty flavor is a lightly roasted Darjeeling Green. Roasted green teas are popular in fall and for good reason. It’s light naturally sweet Green Tea with a flavor reminds you of grilling veggies on an open charcoal grill from summer just past. Add in a few notes of walnut and it makes for a wonderful tea to drink on a crisp autumn day.
To keep the fall chill out, I drink Rooibos in the evening
In keeping with the same roasted theme, I drink a South African Rooibos after work. This aptly named Alaskan Ice Melter Rooibos is a blend of South African Rooibos, roasted California almonds, apples, ginger and raisins making it an ideal serve to warm you up after a winter afternoon walk. Or if you dare, imagine tying up your sleigh dogs and walk in to steaming cup this Rooibos with aroma of almonds and cinnamon floating around you from this awesome tea. Suddenly fall seems like a fun thing.
Fall is my favorite time of year. Embrace the changes around you and enjoy the spirit of the season. Spicy, roasty and carmel are wonderful tea flavors to match the changing leaves and the approaching holidays.