My Favorite Brew!

Beer certainly has its place (it’s sneaked into both my blogs!) —

But my favorite tipple is tea. Morning, noon, evening, any time is tea time! Here’s how a British statesman put it:

If you are cold, tea will warm you —

If you are too heated, it will cool you —

If you are depressed, it will cheer you —

If you are excited, it will calm you.

William E. Gladstone, British Prime Minister, 1809 – 98

Teavana Window, Tucson

*(According to Wikipedia, Gladstone was known affectionately as G.O.M., Grand Old Man, or, by his political opponent Disraeli,  as God’s Only Mistake.)

Tea and politics often intermingled in England. In Alexander Pope’s comic-poetic epic, The Rape of the Lock (refers to a lock of hair, I said it was comic!), we find in her Council rooms:

Here, thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey,
Dost sometimes counsel take—and sometimes tea.

Anna is Queen Anne of the furniture style (reigned 1702 – 1709), who was titled Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland. She was the last of the House of Stuart. And before you exclaim that the couplet doesn’t rhyme — There was something called the Great Vowel Shift in the English language: “e” slid from an “a” sound to what we now know as “ee”.  So read it as: Dost sometimes counsel take – and sometimes tay. That’s how Pope would have said it, and all the Englishmen fueling up on the newfangled beverage.

Well! This may tell you more about tea than you really wanted to know — but look at the beautiful accessories it’s accompanied by! Join me in a cuppa?


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34 Responses to My Favorite Brew!

  1. MFa says:

    Beautiful photo!

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  2. 2e0mca says:

    I can’t function in the morning without my Cuppa – actually it’s normally in a pint mug 🙂

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      That made me laugh! I bet we all have our favorite morning mugs —
      But tea drinkers are woefully discriminated against in this country; don’t get me started on my rant 😦
      I’m going to go and get my cuppa and calm down.

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  3. CMSmith says:

    I thought I died and went to Heaven when we traveled to Ireland and they gave me a pot of hot tea with breakfast. Here in the states coffee abounds, but you’re lucky to scrape by with a stale Lipton’s teabag and a cup of lukewarm water. (I think it goes back to the little incident in Boston).

    What’s not to like about tea?

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  4. barb19 says:

    Can’t beat a good old cup of tea! It refreshes you when you are thirsty, warms you when you’re cold, and yes, it even cools you down when you’re hot! Gladstone is absolutely right!
    Anyone for a cuppa?

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  5. jbheronneau says:

    Hey you!
    I thought you were french after reading your comment on my blog 🙂
    So, what a surprised when I discovered you are from Arizona (Tucson – I hope I am not wrong 😦 )
    It’s a funny picture, it’s really like “look through my windows and you’ll see who I am”, well here what I sell 😉

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Je ne suis pas ni française, ni d’Arizona. 🙂 Nous avons visité deux fois à Tucson, qui me plaît beaucoup.
      Mais en actualité j’habite à l’ouest de Massachusetts; mais j’aime la langue française à la folie!!!
      Et j’admire beaucoup vos photos, surtout ceux de la Belle France —

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  6. oh here’s to tea and good friends to share a cuppa!

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  7. Stef says:

    I drink tea at all times of the day (and night), too. Though I’m not a big fan of Teavana – I prefer straight black teas (English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Darjeeling, Assam…)

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      I’m a big fan of Teavana’s windows! But haven’t ever drunk their tea —
      For blacks, my preferred is Prince of Wales; mostly I drink greens — straight green, genmaicha, hojicha.
      I think there are enough of us here to open our own teahouse!!!!

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  8. The colorful teapots are great to see through this window! I’d love to be in Tucson looking in that little shop instead of cold rainy MissouREE this morning 🙂 I like Gladstone’s 4 thoughts on tea. I need a cup of tea!

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  9. Pauline says:

    Tea in England is superb – second best is a steady supply of the real thing from my British buddies. I even have a brown betty teapot, compliments of the same BBs, complete with a crocheted cozy. Tea at my house is always an occasion, no matter that I have it at least 4 times a day! Come for a cuppa!

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Tea cozies! I forgot to mention tea cozies —
      I have one “made-to-measure” (crocheted) by a friend long ago, slightly stained around the pouring spout hole — and another that, if you wore it on your head, would look like a bishop’s miter! Anyone else out there use tea cozies?
      We need to have tea together, complete with fashion accessories 😉

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  10. thirdhandart says:

    I don’t have any tea cozies, but I do have a few teapots. My husband is a big tea drinker… he refuses to drink coffee. His tea preferences have varied over the last 27 years; but currently, he’s drinking Bigelow English Teatime with lemon and sugar. I’m mainly a coffee drinker, but I do like a hot cup of Lady Grey Tea with cream and sugar on cold Winter days. Mmmm!

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  11. I grew up only drinking tea at home. My family is from Barbados (Little England) and we have retained many of the British customs. I wasn’t introduced to coffee until my college years. I drink both tea and coffee now.

    I loved all of the comments. I saw many of my favorite teas listed, but also a lot of teas that are unfamiliar to me. I now have a great list to take with me the next time I go shopping.

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  12. John Weeren says:

    I’m a coffee man. 😀

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      And a Contrarian!
      Well, not so. 😉
      Tea drinkers in the Western world are a sorely discriminated against, pitiful minority. A stalwart remnant of us is represented here in the comments, but in general, life is tough.
      Among the many ways in which I feel I was Japanese in a former life is my love of green tea.

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  13. Pseu says:

    Tea: you’ve hit the spot here! Yorkshire tea, Lapsang souchong, Earl Grey, jasmine green and Rooibus – all in my cupboard 🙂

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      Ha ha! I’m only missing the Yorkshire tea!!!! Is it special to where you are, or something national? Like Typhoo tea?
      My goodness, years and years ago when we first went to England we delighted in the big red buses running around London telling us to drink Typhoo tea!
      😀

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  14. fb says:

    I am a coffee guy, to be sure. I simply must have that jolt first thing in the morning. And I really love the stuff. But if truth be told, I never refuse a cuppa when offered a late afternoon tea . Perhaps I am an equal opportunity tea drinker.

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  15. fb says:

    What you describe does fit into the equation. I am afraid that you have outed me. Anyone for a go at Brown’s Raffles Hotel where they do a smashing afternoon tea. Cheers.

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