It's no secret that I don't really read the BBS very often, and when I do read things here, my selections is extremely limited. Therefore it didn't come to my attention until recently that there was a discussion about tea in the photo album.
I'd like to continue this conversation. I absolutely love tea, generally of all kinds. As I was born and raised in the south, sweet tea (aka iced tea) is a staple part of my life and I honestly can't fathom living without access to it. On a hot summer day you want something cold that isn't water... sweet tea. Up early and want something to perfectly accompany your chicken biscuits... sweet tea. So on and so forth; it's generally just a wonderful product.
But onto more worldly teas. I love those nearly as much as I do sweet tea. black English tea, whether simple breakfast or high quality Earl Grey, has an immense calming effect. Its warmth seeps into your veins and just generally calms you down. Mmmm. Caffeine or not, it has helped me get to sleep many a night.
And then of course there's green tea. Drinking green tea just generally makes me feel more... healthy? I'm not sure. I just feel like a more complete person after a nice cup. Even the cheap commercial brands can be excellent, see Lipton Green Tea with Citrus. It's also a great when sick; whether or not it has healing properties, holding a smoldering cup of green tea under a stopped up nose is nearly as good as any medicine.
White tea is interesting if only for all the possibilities. Pomegranate to Raspberry, the tastes it can embody are equally impressive and often times surprisingly good. It's generally not my first choice, but a well flavored white tea can make the most mediocre reading session enjoyable as your taste buds dance around.