Food, History, Loose Tea, Scotland, Tea, Tea Treats

Outlander Tea Season

To honor the 6th season premier of the STARZ television series OUTLANDER, I whipped up a wee tray to pay tribute to the remarkable characters in the Diana Gabaldon A Breath of Snow and Ashes novel.

I received a gift certificate from Art of Tea for my birthday in December. After receiving an email from them promoting their new Outlander Collection of teas, I just HAD to use the gift certificate and order these two brews. HAD TO. I have never tried tea from Art of Tea, but I was impressed with the speed of the delivery, especially since the package was coming from Los Angeles, CA.

The collection includes blends representing the two main characters, Jamie and Claire. English Rose is a lovely green tea featuring rose petals to honor Claire’s English heritage. The Scottish Highlander is obviously for the Scottish laird Jamie Fraser.

I’m a big black tea lover, so I opted to try the Scottish Highlander blend first today. It’s a bold black tea but is quite smooth with a balanced flavor. Not too overwhelming, but enough snap to make one alert to dangers around the glens and lochs.

Green tea is not my forté but I think I will really enjoy English Rose due to the rose flavor. I’ll will report later on that.

I picked up some Blueberry Biscuits (although they were more cake, scone-like) and slathered them with MacKays Lemon Curd from Scotland.

Positioning the physical book this season is based on proved a struggle with it’s 1,438 pages! Yes, my husband and I have read the books. This one is particularly well-worn.

My teacup and dessert dish are from my Scottish Tain Pottery collection and although the scarf tartan is not the Fraser tartan, it IS my husband’s Buchanan hunting tartan and it’s made of 100% Scottish lambs wool. The hunting version is a less vibrant version of the very yellow modern version.

Since my husband is not a tea drinker, I of course, had to include a dram of Scotch Whisky. Sadly, it is not Sam Heughan’s The Sassenach whisky, which we have yet to try, but it is still a good Scottish brand called Laphroaig. One of my favorites for it’s extremely peaty taste. It’s like drinking an ancient pub.

Now we just need to sit down and enjoy episode one! Slàinte mhath

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