Edinburgh Tea & Coffee Company's Heather tea. Their website says that "our range of Scottish teas bring a Scottish twist to teatime with teas such as whisky, heather and thistle." Too bad Homegoods didn't have the whisky tea!
I couldn't really detect anything floral in the taste of the tea or even in its scent, but it was a really nice strong black tea. It was perfect with a touch of cream and sugar.
Now what better thing to serve with Heather tea from Edinburgh than Royal Edinburgh shortbread (also acquired in that same trip to Homegoods)?
And since my tea time had already gone a wee bit Scottish, I had to serve the tea in my Shelley Loch Lomond tea cup and saucer. Here is the cup in the recently fallen snow right outside my back door:
This Loch Lomond set is my favorite of my Shelley tea trios. It was also a HUGE bargain at a flea market--I got the trio for $15.00! My set has the green handle (as you can see), with a gold border and is in the dainty shape. I enjoy collecting teacups in different styles and I love how the cup also feels dainty. The detail in the set also caught my attention; on the inside of the cup is the rock with flowers (maybe heather to match the tea?) that is also in the bottom left of the plate and missing from the saucer.
And I'll leave you with the song I'm sure inspired the set's soft purple hills viewed from across Loch Lomond:
- O ye'll tak' the high road, and Ah'll tak' the low
- And Ah'll be in Scotlan' afore ye
- Fir me an' my true love will ne'er meet again
- On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomon'.
- 'Twas there that we perted in yon shady glen
- On the steep, steep sides o' Ben Lomon'
- Whaur in (soft) purple hue, the hielan hills we view
- An' the moon comin' oot in the gloamin'.
- The wee birdies sing an' the wild flouers spring
- An' in sunshine the waters are sleeping
- But the broken heart it kens, nae second spring again
- Tho' the waeful may cease frae their grieving.
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