Friday, September 14, 2012

A tea for September

I miss talking about tea.

In these stressful times, taking a moment to celebrate the soothing and fortifying ritual of afternoon tea seems a good idea, doesn't it? In fact, I'd like to start a tradition of monthly tea recommendations. Please feel free to join in with your own recs -- either in the comments or in a post of your own!

So without further ado . . . September's tea recommendation is Pleine Lune, from Mariage Frères.

Inspired by that heavenly body and the realm of dreams, this poetic blend combines fragrances evoking the feast of the full moon: fruits, rare spices, and the sweet taste of honey.

Don't the cornflowers make it gorgeous? For me, however, it's the honey and spice, and that hint of almond, that give this tea an early fall taste. (I also love that reference to "the feast of the full moon" in the description.) Best of all, you don't have to go to France to purchase this tea. It's available from various online merchants, including Dean & Deluca.

Chocolate chip scones from Iveta make the perfect companion to the Pleine Lune tea. These scones are a cinch to make -- just add heavy whipping cream and shape into a six-inch disk. Cut into six wedges and bake! (Order the scone mix directly from Iveta.)

Because I'm a tea nerd, I lke to be fancy and drink my French tea out of a French tea cup. In this case, it's the Gien "Raphael" set that Steve gave me as a gift many years ago.

How about you? Any tea recommendations for September?

*The above photos were taken with my iPhone using the CameraAwesome app and the "More Cowbell" filter. Christopher Walken would approve!

[Cross-posted at Livejournal]


  1. Oh, I love tea! Guess what I'm having right now!? ;) Well, its lemon ginger tea with honey to sooth a yucky throat from that terrible goldenrod pollen that is floating around ;)
    One obsession of mine is Twinning's Vanilla Chai with coffee creamer and honey in it (it's all better with honey, right?)
    I got the Harney & Sons catalog the other day and its so fun to flip through. Last year I got the Royal Wedding Tea for my birthday to make me feel fancy ;)

    1. Oooh, I love ginger tea with honey to soothe a yucky throat. And I"m such a chai fanatic that I'll have to check out Twining's vanilla chai. Yum!

      I do love to read the H&T catalog like a magazine. And their Holiday Tea is my all-time favorite!

  2. Yay! I'm so glad you're adding a monthly tea recommendation. Yay! Yay! Yay! The Pleine Lune is beautiful.

    Right now, I'm eating a cupcake and drinking Harney and Son's Paris. No surprise on my selection, right?

    1. I know how you love your Paris tea! I'll have to bring you some Pleine Lune next time I see you. I hope Alexandra had a wonderful party! Did she eat any cupcakes?

    2. Sounds lovely! Yes, the party was wonderful. She wasn't sure what to think of the icing but had a glorious time smashing the cupcakes.:)