On the 12th Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

Happy Holidays to everyone!

First of all, sorry this will end up posting a little late.  I was up LATE last night doing the final preparations for the holiday morning, and I had figured I’d be up earlier than this!  My youngest actually slept until about 9 am Pacific Time!  I couldn’t believe it!

Anyway… I was especially excited for today’s tea, because it was one that I hadn’t yet tried!  This was the one brand new blend from the box, and from what I understand it will soon be featured as a tea of the week.

Without further mumblings from me… The CHRISTMAS Tea of the Day is…

GINGERBREAD CHAI

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

Ingredients:  Premium black teas, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, pink peppercorns, natural flavors.

Taster’s Review:

Well, as I said before, this was the tea I was most excited about because I knew it was a new blend.  Of the other 11 teas, there was only one of them that I hadn’t yet tried, but was definitely on my on-going list of teas to order when finances allow. (The one tea I hadn’t tried being the Chocolate Chai from Day 2)

Anyway, on to this NEW chai!  Wow!  It’s really tasty!  It really tastes like gingerbread and chai married in one teacup!   I can taste the baked cake-y taste in the cup, and I must say that in the time that I’ve gotten familiar with 52Teas blends, Frank (the head zoomdweebie at 52Teas) has improved with achieving the pastry and/or cake-y flavor for the tea.

Not surprisingly, the ginger is dominant in this cup.  But, it doesn’t taste over-ginger-y either.  That is to say, it doesn’t taste like Frank just got really happy with the ginger root.  It tastes like gingerbread, not an overpoweringly-ginger-flavored chai.

The other spices are very well balanced and they carry a full-flavored taste that fills the palate with warm spice.  The black tea base is a little understated here but not so much that it can’t be tasted.  That’s not a complaint!  I like that it doesn’t try to intrude upon the other flavors.  The tea is there, it just doesn’t overwhelm the cup.

Because what really makes this chai outstanding is the gingerbread flavor!  It really is yummy, I love the cake-y taste!  It adds such a delightful dimension to the already delicious chai.

When I had originally ordered this sampler box for myself, my initial thought was “great, I can just order the sampler, and since I will have a small sample of the new Christmas blend, that will be one tea from 52Teas that I won’t need to buy because I will have already tried it!”  But, as it turns out, this is one tea that I WILL have to order, because of all the chai teas that I’ve tried from 52Teas, this one is the BEST by far!  Gee, thanks Frank.  My wallet thanks you too.  Yeah.

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope that Santa brought you LOTS of tea to enjoy!

 

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Gingerbread Red Rooibos from Suffuse

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Suffuse

Product Description:

Unique blend of Red Rooibos & traditional gingerbread.  All natural ginger root coated with butterscotch and spiced with cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg evokes home-baked Festive Enchantment.

Taster’s Review:

This is one of four flavors that are part of the Festive Medley collection, and so far, I think it’s my favorite (I still haven’t tried the Apple Pie though!)  The other two that I’ve tried (Eggnog and Pumpkin Pie) have been tasty and I quite enjoyed them, but, if I had to choose one as my favorite, this one would be it.

The red rooibos base seems to unite harmoniously (and almost seamlessly) with the gingerbread flavorings.  It is as though someone took a piece of gingerbread and served it to me in liquefied form!

The ginger here is not spicy or peppery hot, although it does deliver a comfortable snap of warmth that is similar to what I would experience if I were eating a piece of gingerbread.  The ginger flavor develops as I continue to sip my way down to the bottom of my cup, but it never really becomes overwhelmingly hot.  It increases the heat ever so slightly while always maintaining a comfortable level and is pleasantly sweet, but not too sweet.

The individual flavors here seem to come together to create a powerful, unique flavor; but when I attempt to concentrate on a single flavor I find it rather difficult.  It is as though the flavors – individually – are quite weak, but together they stand strong.  For example, I can taste the vanilla here, but if I were to try to focus on the vanilla, I would have to say that the vanilla is a rather soft note.

The same is true for the cinnamon, nutmeg and butterscotch.  For that matter, the same is true of the rooibos base!  It has a light nutty flavor that works so well with these flavors and there is very little transition between flavors.  This is synergy at its best!  All of these flavors are in there, I can taste them, but, they work together so well that they cannot (and should not) be divided.

I am really glad I got the opportunity to try this delicious rooibos blend.  It is a delightful holiday treat!

Gingerbread House Tea from Souvia

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: Souvia

Product Description:

You can imagine the gingerbread baking in the oven. The smooth rooibos base combines witht eh fruit and nuts for totally satisfying cup.

Rooibos, candied pineapple, mango.and papaya bits, roasted almonds, coconut chips, flavoring, walnut bits, peanut bits, and hazelnut bits

Product of Germany

Caffeine Free

Tasters Review:

Gingerbread House Tea from Souvia couldn’t smell more like an actual Gingerbread House!  The taste is so flavorful and complex and jam-packed with ingredients it’s hard not to comment on it or write an entire review!  It’s teas and tisane’s like this that make it fun to have a tea review blog!

This is incredibly sweet and very sugary!   The candied pineapple, mango, and papaya are going NUTS even more than the actual NUTS!  Their are HONKin’ HUGE Walnut halves in there!  (And YES…”Honkin’ Huge” is an official measurement!  At least in my book it is!)  And there are good sized chunks of the other nuts too!   The Coconut chips are fun and are about the same flavor level as the nuts.   The Rooibos takes a back seat to everything else that is going on here and that is ok with me!

I’ve said it before and I will say it again…I love interesting teas/tisanes and this is certainly one of them!  Whether you like it or not – at least it’s interesting! Eventho this is intensely sweet and sugary without even adding sugar to it – I like it!  The aftertaste is a little funky but I can get past that. Thumbs up for creativity!  This is a FUN Tisane!  Not to mention memorable and something you will surely talk about this holiday season!

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