After a relatively mild day Saturday, a very chilly, but sunny Sunday morning greeted us with a thin glaze of ice on the stream and dozens of ducks. The sunshine certainly brightened up ones mood, but it was my choice of tea and tea ware that warmed my heart with fond memories of our trips to Scotland.
I had the opportunity to visit eteaket tearoom in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013 during my first trip to Scotland. It’s tucked away on the ground floor with lovely seating outside, but the weather was a tick chilly, so we settled inside. I was in my element that day! Tins and tins of glorious tea and cakes and pastries surrounding me. Read my Memories of the Visit
The Lapsang Souchong loose tea from eteaket has a distinctive wood-smoke taste and aroma. This distinct smoky taste is created by carefully withering the leaves over smoking fragrant Chinese woods, then drying the tea in bamboo baskets over burning pine. You truly smell a campfire when you open the tin and brew the tea and I always think of Scotland when drinking it. Cozy…just cozy.
The beautiful wee teapot and the lovely teacup and saucer are from the Tain Pottery in the Highlands of Scotland. Although I have not visited their showroom personally (Yet!), I have a small collection of the Glenaldie pattern featuring a Scottish thistle. Using this collection certainly seemed appropriate for the tea. We did visit Scotland again in 2018 and I certainly hope to get back to this spectacular country again soon and perhaps visit the showroom in person. However, it would probably require a separate piece of luggage to return to the states with a fresh stash of pottery!
No special baked goods or treats accompanied the tea, but I DID use the beautiful, personalized wooden tea tray my niece gave me for my birthday. It’s just the perfect size for a single teacup and teapot with rustic rope carrying handles. Just another element to warm my heart.