Booksipper Bulletin – April Edition

Hello Booksippers!

There were no April showers around here; this month found me in a drought- a reading drought that is.  I have had a lot on my mind and when that happens all I read is fiction fluff. So I curl up with one of these easy reads and a hot cuppa tea and zone out.

This month on Booksipper I added a post about homeschooling to the blog. I plan to do more.  I will share a bit about homeschooling older children and what that looks like at our house.  Check it out if you home school or even if you're just curious.

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 ~ In Readable News ~

 I do not have any new reads to recommend but this title is sure to please: http://bit.ly/tearosebook This book has it all- star crossed love, suspense and a twisting plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


~ In Sippable News ~

I discovered a new way to prepare my loose leaf tea. Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/1XzdzCL  It might just become your favorite new way to brew a cuppa.


That is all for April. Thanks for reading and sipping along with me!

~Booksipper Candice

Booksipper Bulletin – February Edition

Hello Booksippers! 

The cold and blustery month of February is coming to a close today.  February is the perfect time to curl up with a blanket and a book to sip on your favorite hot beverage!
With the massive snowstorm we had I was very glad to have found this new author and series to keep me company.  Keep reading to find out what it was.

Today is Leap Day!  I wonder who decided to put the extra day in the winter time?  Why not when the weather is nice?
But still it is nice to have extra time to get things accomplished or maybe do something fun.
What will you be doing with this extra day? 

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~In Readable News~

I choose another title from my annual non-fiction reading list for February reading. I picked 1000 Years Over a Hot Stove. I wrote all about it here: http://bit.ly/1XzD7zZ

It is shaping up to be a tough decision for next months read.  Take a look at my 2016 List and tell me what you think I should read next.

My favorite fiction selection for the month was written by the author Nora Roberts.  One book wasn't enough and it became a series read – they were that good!
Read all about The Bride Quartet here: http://bit.ly/24oRNGV

~In Sippable News~

February had me steeping multiple cups of PG Tips tea.  This English brand of tea has a permanent place in my tea cupboard.  Read my thoughts here: http://bit.ly/1NZAd0a

I am still sipping my way through the Downton Abbey sampler that I purchased a while back. I am trying to decide which flavor I enjoyed the most.  I will post about that next month with the airing of the final episode.

Thanks for reading and sipping along with me this February.
I plan to spend this "extra day" reading something new and sipping tea, of course!

~Booksipper Candice

 

 

Steeped with PG Tips

A well known English tea, but relatively new to me is PG Tips.

This black tea quickly became a must have in my tea stash.

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I had my first taste of PG Tips while sipping tea from a darling tea pot in a local tea room.  I had ordered a pot of black tea….my usual when I am not feeling decisive or spontaneous.
The tea that was served was a perfect.  I had to know what brand of tea it was. 

A few minutes of chatting with the owner of the shop, I learned she hailed from England and served the English brand PG Tips as her "house blend".  She did not have any boxes to sell, but she assured me that I could find it in a larger grocery store in our area.

Taking tea at home is not always an over the top experience like it is in a tea room. But with PG Tips it can be close!

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The shape of the tea bag could be what sets PG Tips apart from other teas.  The pyramid shape is said to allow the tea to expand and infuse more effectively than a round tea bag. 
I am no expert on tea bag shape but I do know that this small pyramid shaped tea bag carries a big punch!

PG Tips brews into a delicious and bracing cup of tea with a shorter steep time than other black tea brands that I use.  The end color is a beautiful amber and tastes just as tea is meant to- with that slightly bitter tea bite at the end.

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I look forward to tasting all the many flavors of tea by PG Tips.  That's right, there is a world even beyond black tea, & I mean to sip and savor many!
I will let you know what I discover!

A little Monday humor for you.

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Have you tried PG Tips?

Darjeeling Tea

To celebrate the end of 2015 and the start of a new year, I will be sipping the champagne of teas, also known as Darjeeling.  

I tried this tea once before in a tea room, and I must say I was not fond of the flavor.  But that was also the day I sampled lavender shortbread & that may have ruined my taste buds for a long time.

True Darjeeling tea is grown, harvested and manufactured in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India.  It is most commonly a black tea, however Green Darjeeling is becoming popular. 

I am brewing a readily available and affordable Darjeeling from Twinings.

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After a three minute steep time, the color is lighter than my normal cup of black tea.

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At first sip, I enjoy the flavor, there is something familiar about it.  Then, the after taste hits.  It tastes smoky, musky or some word I can not seem to find.  It is not bad, it just isnt great.
But, I continue to sip & sip!

Lasting thoughts on Darjeeling, the Champagne of Teas: 
I enjoyed this tea if for no other reason than to double check my initial opinion.  It is a good tea, not memorable, and not a tea I would reach for all the time. 

When in doubt go with Black Tea

I am going to start a new saying, “ When in doubt, go with black tea. “

Black tea is robust, tasty without being bitter,and has an array of nutrients and antioxidants. I find it has the right amount of caffeine kick to shake off morning or afternoon sluggishness.

For years my go to Black Tea has been- Twinings English Breakfast. 

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This tea bag is not just for breakfast, it is a delightful afternoon tea when paired with a tea time treat. 
The decaffeinated version is just right for those who do not want the effects of caffeine or if you are sipping later in the evening.

Tea bags are convenient for the morning rush or when you do not want a lot of fuss. However there is much to be said for a loose tea.

When you take a few extra moments to add loose leaves to a tea ball or infuser; you not only have tea, you make an occasion.

Currently, my favorite loose black tea is by Two Leaves and a Bud. 

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This tea is a sip & savor treat for me. 

It is ideal on mornings or afternoons when there is no rushing about.  

No matter if it steeps from a tea bag or a tea ball, black tea is a must have in my Booksipper tea stash.