With today’s show we take pause to mark the Winter Solstice and step back from the frenzy of the holiday season.  To help I am joined by Cynthia Fazekas, Master Blender and Primary Tea Taster for Adagio Teas.  Along with a great background on teas from around the world, Cynthia gives us helpful tips on tea selection, experimentation, and preparation so you too can join me in regularly enjoying a great mug of tea.  I end the show by sharing some perspectives on gratitude, as well as a reading of a poem to mark the Winter’s Solstice. As an added bonus Adagio Teas gave us a link to a special offer only available to listeners of the Canning Season podcast.  You can find that link here.

Interview with Cynthia Fazekas, Master Blender and Primary Tea Taster for Adagio Teas. 

  • Brief History of Tea
  • Rising Popularity of Tea
  • Health Benefits
  • Types of Tea
  • Where to Start
  • Preparation Tips
  • Watch a short video showing Adagio’s cool Ingenuity tea maker by clicking here (affiliate link).

Special offer from Adagio Teas Only for Canning Season Podcast Listeners —

My thanks go out to Adagio Teas for their generous offer available ONLY to listeners of the Canning Season podcast.


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According to their website, the free Juicy Slices tea sampler is described as follows —

Add the superior flavor of full-leaf tea to the convenience and portability you enjoy with ordinary tea bags. Our bags’ pyramid shape provides ample room for the expansion of the large leaves that characterize gourmet tea, resulting in better infusion and superior flavor. Try an assortment of our teas to see the flavor you’re now missing. Includes nine gourmet tea varieties (though subject to infrequent change), 18 bags total.


Read in today’s podcast – Winter Solstice by Anonymous

When you startle awake in the dark morning
heart pounding breathing fast
sitting bolt upright staring into
dark whirlpool black hole
feeling its suction

Get out of bed
knock at the door of your nearest friend
ask to lie down ask to be held

Listen while whispered words
turn the hole into deep night sky
stars close together
winter moon rising over white fields
nearby wren rustling dry leaves
distant owl echoing
two people walking up the road laughing

Let your soul laugh
let your heart sigh out
that long held breath so hollow in your stomach
so swollen in your throat

Already light is returning pairs of wings
lift softly off your eyelids one by one
each feathered edge clearer between you
and the pearl veil of day

You have nothing to do but live

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