You’ve heard of Afternoon Tea, High Tea, and other special tea times. How about a nice “Twilight Tea”? Not everything about twilight is appealing. While very popular with the younger crowd, the “Twilight Saga” is of no interest to me (yeah, showing my age here), but the “Twilight Zone” TV series is of interest to the point where I know how many episodes William Shatner and Jack Klugman appeared in. Also of interest are twilight tea times.
Twilight is a special time of day. Officially, there are two twilight times: in the morning between dawn and sunrise, and in the evening between sunset and dusk. For my twilight tea time, I prefer the night time when the sunlight is subdued and the color spectrum is broken into a rainbow of reds, oranges, purples, and blues and when there is an absence of shadows so things appear in silhouette. (Photographers call this “sweet light,” and painters call it “blue hour.”) Stars begin to be visible in the sky (they are always there but not seen during the day) so you can watch them twinkle in the darkening sky as you sip that tea. (And, no, my preference is not based on me tending to sleep in too late to be up for the morning twilight — honest!)
Here are some great teas to sip while the sun sets and the stars greet the night sky:
- White Eagle Long Life — Some feedback from fellow imbibers include “…light in color, and I find myself wanting to make another cup just as soon as I’m done with the first” and “With lavender, mint, and a touch of honey there’s no tea I’d rather have than this one.” I found it to have a full mouthfeel and a buttery character, with a bit of dried alfalfa taste and aroma plus some peachy/apricotty notes.
- Harney and Sons Tea Vanilla Comoro — A hand-picked decaffeinated pleasure made of Ceylon black teas with vanilla flavor. This is a great version of vanilla-flavored teas and never fails to satisfy. What appeals to me is its dessert-like qualities. A cup of this tea can take the place of a whole package of cookies.
- English Evening Tea — Often enjoyed with dinner, this tea can also be imbibed while you watch that changing sky turning from bright blue to mauve/blue, violet, and finally an inky star-studded hue. Since this is a blend of quality black and green teas, steeping to get the flavor you prefer could take some experimentation. Black teas are usually steeped about 3 to 5 minutes in water that has been brought to a boil. Green teas are steeped generally 1 to 2 minutes in water that is heated to around 180°F. This tea blend usually delivers a light bodied cup with good flavor and a hint of muscatel when steeped in water that has been brought to a rolling boil for 2 to 5 minutes.
Twilight tends to pass fairly quickly, so you may want to have your tea all ready when that magic time approaches. Beware, though, since this can also be a time when mosquitoes are rampant, so you will want to be prepared for the little buggers. Enjoy!
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