The Ladies' Tea Guild

Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: Bengal Spice tisane by Celestial Seasonings  Used with permission.
According to “Dish, the Food and Wine Blog” from Food +Wine magazine, January is Hot Tea Month.  Few things are more comforting on a cold, windy day than a hot cup of tea!  Bengal Spice, by Celestial Seasonings, is one of the popular tisanes available in local grocery stores.  Basically a caffeine-free chai substitute, the tisane is spicy with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, and none of the tangy hibiscus or rosehips that make up most other tisane blends.  It is delicious plain, but when you add a small spoonful of local honey and a splash of milk, it really comes into its own.  It’s a little lighter in body than a regular chai with Indian black tea, but the spices are so bold that you don’t notice the absence of the tea.  With the slight sweetness of the honey and creaminess of the milk, it will warm you all the way down, and since there’s no caffeine, you can drink this chai as late in the day as you want without disturbing your sleep at night. 

For more information: Bengal Spice tea product page
Celestial Seasonings company page
Slideshow of tea recipes from Food+Wine magazine website 
“Virus, Infections, and Colds, Oh My!”  from the Tea Association of the USA
“Flu Season is Tea Time” from the Tea Council of the U.S.A., Inc.
“National Hot Tea Month” by Beth Johnston of Teas, Etc.
“It’s National Hot Tea Month” and January 2011 Sweepstakes info from Bigelow Tea
“How to Celebrate Hot Tea Month”

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Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)