Thanksgiving is this week and what better way is there to complement a traditional Thanksgiving feast than with tea? Here are some tea suggestions for Thanksgiving dinner.
To Accompany Thanksgiving Dinner
Lydia Kung, owner of Verileaf Curated Fine Teas, said, “One tea came to mind easily for the meal: any single trunk Oolong (dancong). These teas from trees have an inviting aroma once poured, offer layers of flavor, enough complexity, and a long finish of dried fruit.”
SmithTeamaker recommends Zhen Shan black tea or Bai Hao Oolong tea to accompany the meal because both have strong flavor, but neither will overpower the flavors of the food. Additionally, the tea’s caffeine content could help counteract the tryptophan in turkey.
Davidson’s Organic Teas recommends its rich, golden-tipped Singell Darjeeling black tea to pair with turkey, smoked ham and smoked seafood.
To Accompany Dessert
To balance the sweetness of apple and pumpkin pies, Kung recommends a Keemun black tea. Keemun black teas are known for their mildly floral, slightly smoky aroma and mellow smooth flavor. “It needs no sugar or lemon, and its almost winey character makes it a stand-alone tea,” said Kung, adding that Verileaf’s Holiday Green Tea with Cranberry, Orange and Cinnamon is a festive tea that also pairs well with desserts.
SmithTeamaker says its Bungalow black tea, which is a blend of first and second flush Darjeeling teas, brings out the carmelized sugar in pecan pie, and that its Meadow chamomile blend balances well with apple pie.
After the Meal
A perfect after dinner drink is ginger tea, which sooths the stomach, supports digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties and is also used as a palate cleanser. The Republic of Tea’s Biodynamic Ginger Tea contains 100% organic Biodynamic ginger.
Thanksgiving in a Cup
These autumnal teas are Thanksgiving in a cup.
For those who like more spice in their teas, The Republic of Tea’s Pumpkin Spice Black Tea evokes the same feelings as a freshly baked pumpkin dessert. Spices like nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and allspice, add flavorful layers to this full-bodied black tea.
Adagio Tea’s Thanksgiving tea is an eclectic blend of black tea, raspberry leaves, natural cranberry flavor, cinnamon, natural hazelnut flavor, natural pumpkin spice flavor, ginger, cloves, marigold flowers and cardamom.
Add dairy or nut milks to these black teas to make creamy tea lattes.
Rare Tea Cellar’s Autumn Harvest Cran-Apple tea offers a naturally caffeine-free alternative.