Thursday Tea: April 9

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the will to answer some very simple questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

The tea: For this week’s Tuesday Tea, I went back into my little Stash Tea collection and tried out their Chai Spice. Even just the leaves have a strong aroma to them, very cinnamon-y and nearly on the edge of potpourri. Heh. The brewed tea had the same smell, but more muted and delicious.

Here’s how it’s described:
Chai Spice

For our interpretation of this classic Indian drink, we blend rich, flavorful Indian black teas and cinnamon, clove, ginger and cardamom. The brewed tea is very aromatic with a flavor that is slightly sweet, strong and penetrating, with rich, full bodied lingering flavor notes. This tea is very pleasant plain, or with milk (regular or evaporated) and sugar added. It is exceptional any time of day, as a rich morning cup, enjoyable dessert tea or as a special taste treat.

As recommended, I put in sugar and milk. It was so good. So flavorful! And lovely! The smell was much less intrusive once the tea was brewed, and the combination of flavors was wonderful. Really, really recommended.

I had a little extra tea left over and so I made a cup for my parents to share. They loved it, too!

The book: I’ve been giddily looking around at all the free books Baen (and WebScriptions) provide, and now I’ve actually started reading them. The covers are nearly always hideous, like bad 90’s TV shows or 80’s pulp sci-fi/fantasy books (even if they were written in the 2000s!), but the insides are quite good.

Doc Sidhe The book I was reading whilst drinking my tea was Doc Sidhe, an urban fantasy/adventure book and kind of a tribute to the Doc Savage books. It’s got elves and faeries and other things, but it’s done a little differently than most fantasy books and is quite a lot of fun. It reminds me of an earlier The Last Hot Time. They both have a alternative, faerie-riddled version of the 1930’s/1940’s thing going on, with a few important differences which I’ll talk about more in my review. I’m enjoying it!

Do they go together? I think they do! I’m not sure why, exactly, but they just did. The flavor and scent of the tea is forever linked with an alternate faerie version of Manhattan, now.

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday? Leave a comment with a link to your post!

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