The last time I had this tea, it was wintertime but near 40 degrees (Fahrenheit), which is generally considered “balmy” for most northerners. Except it was a soggy and sleety 40 degrees, which somehow changes entirely how 40 degrees actually feels. It tends to seep in through sweaters and jackets and make your body feel heavy and your bones hurt even though it’s not really that cold. Then your body starts to tell you that you need to crawl back in to bed and cozy up next your significant other’s warm, napping body and doze off. Except, I hate sleeping. Truthfully I do because it’s so time consuming. (Does this make me weird?) So, I did the next best thing, which was root around in the box of Adagio Tea that had just been delivered to my apartment for something that would fill me with warmth. I settled on Lemon Soleil tea because all I could think about was how badly I wanted sunshine on such a drizzly day.

Lemon Soleil leavesLemon Soleil is a blend of ceylon black tea, natural lemon flavoring, and marigold leaves.

I put the kettle on, and I let it whistle at me let me to know it was done. Then, I poured the water over just a skosh more than a teaspoon of tea leaves. I let it steep for three minutes, and I somehow brewed a perfect cup of tea on the first try. Ceylon tea, which tends to be citrusy compared to other types of black tea, pairs well with the lemon flavoring; it was medium-bodied, bright on my tongue, and felt refreshing. I also added a few drizzles of wildflower honey for a subtle sweetness. True to its name, Lemon Soleil is the kind of tea that makes a cold day feel like a sunny and balmy spring day, and it just made me feel so, so happy.

Flavors: Citrus, Lemon

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Hi! My name is Jackie. I embarked on my tea journey back in 2009, when I received a shiny red stovetop kettle and a box of Celestial Seasonings fruit teas for Christmas. The real adventuring didn’t begin until 2018 though when maternity leave left me craving community and warm, lower caffeinated drinks. I’ve been photographing and writing and filming videos about tea ever since.

I sip “straight teas” and “fanciful, flavored teas” equally. And while I prefer gongfucha, the convenience of steeping in a cup with a basket infuser wins most days for this working mom.

P.S.: You can follow me on Instagram (link below) for more tea musings, tea photography, and alerts for when my new TeaTube videos drop.


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