This will likely be my last tea post before Thanksgiving, and the timing could not have been better. After my stories that have involved multiple tea reviews in each, I wanted to scale it back down to one.
I wanted it to be as simple as can be. I wanted it to be as approachable and welcoming as most of my posts are intended to be.
With that, I take back to an old friend, Celestial Seasonings.
I have a relationship with Celestial that goes back a ways. Two years ago I dedicated the bulk of the holidays to a bunch of their different themed teas (you can find those posts along with my entire Celestial Seasonings archive here).
After all that, a time to talk about the Sweet Harvest Pumpkin has been long overdue and then some.
While I may have rushed some of my other selections to make it by my self imposed deadlines, this simple and cozy tea was one I chose to take my time with.
I have to laugh here. I would likely lose count on the amount of times I’ve raved about a tea, and said oh there’s cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and natural (or artificial haha) flavors of pumpkin and all the joys of fall. I’m a cheese ball I know. I get sentimental and partial to the similar styles and ingredients that all these pumpkin teas contain.
But you know where the difference comes from? It comes from who provides the tea, and the soul behind it. If it’s a company you’ve been sipping from for years, you’re going to have a bias. And even if the teas aren’t always up to par, you’ll give a certain company the benefit of the doubt over the other. How I’m writing this might make it seem like I’m going to cover up how I feel about this tea.
It enhances this black tea with pumpkin (and yes all the joys of fall) combination to a different place. I must say I truly like this, but it makes me wonder how the tea would taste without it. Or have I missed the boat, and do all these teas use Stevia or something similar? I almost feel lost here.
Well no need to beat myself up. I’m going with the belief and education that this is just a tad different than the other pumpkin selections I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. But because the taste is so pronounced, was this sweetener needed?
And that’s it for the serious questions. I’m a fan of this tea and a have of what they’re all about. Their brand is one of my go to’s in my house. I’ll drink their teas even if they don’t apply to the season or weather.
This leads me to my display that I’m quite proud of. I threw some things together and I think it came out alright. It’s another in the transition from one season to another, but not really. This holiday season, at least for me, has blended together a lot better than I remember.
I choose to be oblivious of the commercial and superficial part of the holidays. For me, what’s most important, at any time of year, is focusing on the simple, the joyous, and the good. Those are all synonyms of each other, and that’s my point. This time of year is a time to reflect and appreciate all that you have, and all that you have. You see what I’m saying? I’m talking to myself when I say all this.
It’s the most beautiful and heartening time of year if you let it. I know, for me at least and many others, it can be harder at times. But it’s the storms before the calm as I like to say.
This tea is my calm. This week will be a mix of storms and calms, with a whole bunch of food, people, and parties thrown in. But this tea is my calm.
The representations of these beautiful dogs are my calm. I always like to focus on the simple, but something is hitting me right now to be a little more humbled and appreciative than usual. Ah this time of year.
I love this tea, and the fact that I’ve been afforded this opportunity to deviate from my weekly post speaks to the amount of amazing autumn and holiday teas there are.
This is going to continue, with what schedule I don’t know. As I write all this I realize I’m going away from the living in the moment, being here now, and being where I am.
This is where I’ll go back to having my cup of the sweetest harvest pumpkin, and being in awe of my tribute to my animal friends, and all the other things that make me happy.
I’m happy that one cup of tea and the place I’m in got me to write so much. For that I’m grateful.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.