It may be cold and dreary outside, but we know what will brighten your day: a big mug filled with your favorite hot tea. Can’t you just feel yourself warming from the inside out at the thought? Tea isn’t just hot and tasty, it also has nutritional value, depending on the type you drink. January is national Hot Tea Month, just in time for more winter weather. To celebrate, we thought we’d share our favorite teas:
1. Peppermint Tea
Our refreshing peppermint tea is delightful as an after-dinner drink. (Fun fact: it’s not technically a tea but actually an herb!) Peppermint tea has been known to calm an upset stomach, stimulate digestion and freshen breath.
2. Japanese Sencha Green Tea
Don’t let the long name fool you–this is your classic green tea. In fact, “sencha” means “common tea.” Green tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world. It’s low in caffeine, so you can drink it throughout the day, whether it is hot or chilled. For a special flavor, try adding honey to your cup!
3. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is made from tiny little flowers that produce an enchanting taste and aroma. Chamomile is known as a bedtime tea, since it has natural properties that promote restfulness and drowsiness. Try drinking a cup next time you’re having a hard time sleeping!
4. English Breakfast Tea
Looking for a tea to wake up with in the morning? Try this English breakfast tea, a blend of several other black teas– Assam, Ceylon, Kenyan teas, and Keemun–which makes it full-bodied and robust. Just add milk and sugar!
5. Oolong Tea
Oolong tea falls somewhere in between a black tea and a green tea– it’s not quite malty and not quite grassy. This is a traditional Chinese tea that should be brewed bitter, but leave a sweet aftertaste in your mouth. (Did you know “oolong” means dragon in Chinese?)
Here’s another breakfast tea for you to try — Assam tea. This tea comes from the Assam Valley, which is located in India near the Chinese border and is the largest tea-growing area in the world. It has a strong, malty flavor and taste wonderful with a splash of milk.
What’s your favorite hot tea?