Flavors of Fall!

Hello everyone, Winnie Griggs here.  Here at Wildflower Junction we’re celebrating all things Autumn this week. At first I had trouble figuring out what I would write about – after all, there are so many great things to love about this time of year – cooler temperatures (at least in theory!), yummy foods like soups, gumbos and chili, fall colors peeping out everywhere, high school football, and so much more.

But then I went to the mailbox where I found my latest tea catalog and BOOM, I had my topic. Because one of my favorite things about Autumn is the availability of some yummy seasonal teas.

Of course, to do this piece justice, I had to do some research to rediscover old favorites and find new blends to try. So let’s talk about some of those great flavors.

The first one everyone thinks of for Fall is pumpkin.  But did you know that in addition to the regular pumpkin spice tea Teavana makes one called Pumpkin Spice Brulee, Twinings makes a Pumpkin Spice Chai,  Stash makes a decaf version of Pumpkin Spice and Flying Leaf Tea Co. makes a blend called Smashing Pumpkins (what a fun name!)?

Another seasonal flavor favorite is apple. Again, there are intriguing blends beyond your normal Spiced Apple. Tea Forte offers Harvest Apple Spice and Swiss Apple, Republic of Tea offers Caramel Apple and Hot Apple Cider blends, Teavana has a flavor called Apple Pie a la Mode and Capital Teas offers one called Apple Strudel.

Then of course there is cranberry. The Republic of Tea offers both Cranberry Spice Hibiscus and Cranberry Blood Orange while Celestial Seasonings has both a Cranberry Vanilla and a Cranberry Apple blend,  Teavana makes a Pomegranate Cranberry herbal tea and Davids Tea offers one called Yes We Cran (another fun name!).

Then there are a number of Autumn teas with intriguing names such as Republic of Tea’s Sonoma Mulled Zin, Teavana’s Caramel Truffle, Davids Tea’s Maple Sugar, and Flying Leaf Tea Co. offers a flavor called The Nutty Butterscotch.

I don’t know about you, but I noted quite a few in those lists that I am REALLY eager to try.

So are you a fan of tea? If so, do you have a favorite flavor?  Leave a comment below to be entered in a drawing to win your choice of any book in my backlist.

 

Winnie Griggs

Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.

Three of Winnie’s books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and one of those nominations resulted in a win.

Winnie loves to hear from readers. You can connect with her on facebook at www.facebook.com/WinnieGriggs.Author or email her at winnie@winniegriggs.com.


52 Comments

  1. I drink tea, in some form, every day. I used to love all the herbal and flavored teas until I developed allergies. Now, I stick with black, green and white teas. I have been able to make some of my own favorites. Apple Cider/cinnamon and Cran/apple are a couple. Today is the first day we are expected to have Fall like temperatures! I’m excited to drink hot tea again.

    1. Oh lucky you! We’re supposed to have another warm day with a high of 89 degrees

  2. I do love tea. I like Earl Grey and English Breakfast and for seasonal Tazo Joy tea is my favorite.

    1. Hmmm, I haven’t tried Tazo Joy yet but I do like that name. I’m going to add this to my list of flavors to look for

  3. Those flavors do sound really good. I usually switch mine up when I run out of a box, but I seem to go for the vanilla chai more than the others on the store shelves.

    1. Hi Janine. Vanilla Chai is one of my go to teas as well. Such a yummy smooth flavor.

  4. I don’t drink tea very often. When I do, I like Lady Grey tea.

    1. Another interesting-sounding flavor for me to look into!

  5. A fun post! Thanks. I had no idea there was so many different types of tea. I don’t drink tea, but these flavors make me maybe want to go try one!

    1. Hi Sally. Actually, I only scratched the surface of available flavors. Just dive in and give it a try!

  6. I can see right now that I am going to have to get to the grocery store to pick up some of these wonderful teas. I only drink unsweetened ice tea and coffee. I am going to have to change my ways! Thank you for sharing your great post!

    1. You’re welcome! And I think once you try a few of these you may just get hooked! 🙂

  7. Hi Winnie…love your post. I love flavored teas. I have two favorites–Cranberry and Orange Spice. Very nice on a cold day and yummy. I probably have about 30 boxes of tea in my pantry. Some I only drink occasionally, but I just love hot tea.

    1. A fellow tea lover!! Those are two great tea flavors for fall and winter. And I probably have you beat on the number of flavors I have on my shelf 🙂

  8. I enjoy Cinnamon-Hibiscus tea. In truth though, I enjoy most any hot tea.

    1. Hi Kara. I don’t think I’ve tried cinnamon hibiscus yet – will have to look into it!

  9. I’m an inveterate black tea drinker both hot and cold. I stick to just one kind though whenever I can: Red Rose. It’s the closest to the better, less bitter black teas I drank when I lived in Britain. And yes, Yeah for autumn hot tea weather!!

    1. Hi Eliza. Red Rose is yet another blend I have not tried. That’s what is so great about teas – there’s such a wonderful, flavorful variety to try. I’ve even taken various loose leaf varieties and made my own blends.

      1. Just so you know, Winnie, Red Rose is the name of the brand–it’s not a blend–and it’s shelved usually on the bottom below the thousands of Lipton boxes of tea bags. Red Rose was originally imported from Canada but now there’s a Canadian version (orange pekoe) and an American one (black pekoe). It was originally a UK company. Probably TMI, heh?

        1. Hi Eliza, not at all. In fact I appreciate the info. I may check for it on Amazon.

  10. Not a fan of tea.

    1. Sorry to hear that. But then again, I’m not a coffee fan so I guess it’s all a matter of ‘taste’ 🙂

    2. I do enjoy a good cup of hot chocolate in the fall and winter.

      1. Hot chocolate – mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Especially with a touch of caramel 🙂

  11. I drink Tetley English Breakfast–its a bit stronger than some. My herbal tea favorites are Twinings Lemon Ginger and Bigelow Orange Spice. I have tried other brands with lemon & ginger and Twinings suits me best.

    1. Hi Brenda. I usually only drink ginger when I’m feeling under the weather, but orange spice is sooooo yummy that I have it often.

  12. No, I am not a fan of tea… but I love Fall!

  13. I only drink hot tea in the cooler months of Fall and Winter. I have a few favorites that I stick to; Bigelow Vanilla Chai, Earl Grey or Lady Grey if I can find it,and Tazo Wild Sweet Orange for a bit of zing. If I’m fighting a cold, I found the perfect tea put out by Yogi called Echinacea Immune Support. It has lots of natural herbs to help boost your immune system and it tastes wonderful when I’m under the weather. I add raw unfiltered honey to sweeten it a bit and add extra good stuff to it 🙂

    My local coffee shop (not Starbucks) has a hot tea called London Fog that I just adore and can almost imitate at home. Earl Grey with steamed milk and a splash of vanilla. I sometimes will splurge and buy it from the shop, they do it right!! Author Sandra Byrd likes these too but she adds lavender to it, something I would be brave enough to try.

    My other favorite that I don’t get often is dirty chai. Author Tina Redcliffe talked about it on a blog post a while back and I had to ask what it was. It’s chai tea with a splash of espresso, yummy!

    I will have to find the pumpkin spice chai put out by Twinings you mentioned Winnie! It sounds perfect for fall as I love pumpkin spice anything 🙂 It’s almost hot tea time and I’m excited!!!

    Thank you for the book giveaway chance!

    1. Trixi, you’re quite welcome – always fun to encounter a fellow tea lover. And the London Fog you mention sounds yummy! I’ll have to see if I can find some

  14. Winnie, wow, my mouth is watering! Thanks for the flavors. I actually think pumpkin does better for me in coffee, but I love teas with apple and cranberry, and some ginger and cinnamon, too. Great post! Smooches….

    1. You’re quite welcome! I’m not much of a coffee drinker I’m afraid. And yes, apple flavored teas are really great this time of year.

  15. I love Fall. I also love tea but I drink English breakfast tea or Tetley. I never took to the flavored teas. With the exception of iced tea with a splash of cranberry juice.
    Carol Luciano

    1. Hi Carol – ah you’re a tea purist 🙂 I can respect that, but I do love my flavored teas.

  16. Market Spice tea from Pike Place Market in Seattle is the best orange spice tea. Fortunately it’s available in specialty shops all around the Northwest now and I don’t have to wait for someone to go to Seattle to replenish my supply.

    A fun thing about Red Rose brand tea they pack a porcelain figurine in each 100 count box. My youngest daughter has a large collection of them. Some of them are cute, some not so much.

    1. Oh Alice, you are making my mouth water for both of these! Will have to go check for them online!

  17. I enjoy a cup of herbal tea. I drink a lot of green, white and ginger tea. I haven’t had a flavor that I didn’t like. I like trying different types. If anyone has a suggestion, I’d love to have you share it.

    1. Another tea aficionado! My absolutely favorite tea is one Harney & Sons offers called Hot Cinnamon Spice.

  18. I have a cabinet of teas and now have a long list of some I would like to add to it. To me, teas are a drink that needs to be savored while you are relaxing. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a whole lot of relaxing going on lately. When I do get some time, I am going to try Davids Tea’s Maple Sugar, Caramel Apple, and Teavana’s Caramel Truffle. I have a wonderful collection of teapots and they need to be used.

    1. I agree about savoring teas while relaxing. I often use my ‘tea break’ to contemplate where I want my writing to go next. I already own the caramel apple blend and really like it. And I’ve put the Maple sugar one on my list to try soon!

  19. Hi Winnie. I do love tea. My favorite is Earl Grey tea. It has a strong flavor and is very aromatic. I find I take my time when drinking tea, whereas coffee I tend to gulp down.

    Thank you for the great post.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. Cindy, you’re quit welcome. And yes, tea is conducive to slowing down and savoring – one of it’s many benefits!

  20. Yes, I do love tea. I’ll drink almost any type….

    1. Always nice to encounter another tea lover 🙂

  21. I love tea! My favorite is probably actually Teechinno… a tea that is a coffee substitute!

    1. Hi Katie. I’ve never heard of Teechinno, but if it is coffee flavored I’ll probably pass 🙂

  22. I am not really a tea drinker. I do, however, occasionally add a tea bag to my pitcher of water for a touch of flavor. I might have to try some of those you mentioned.

    1. Hi Susan. Interesting choice of water flavoring :). And yes I think some of these flavors would be really nice choices

  23. I like cinnamon tea and chai tea, but I don’t usually go for other spice blends.

    1. Cinnamons and chais are two of my favorite flavor catagories. Hot cinnamon spice is a really yummy choice.

  24. I like an orange spice tea but also like chai.

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