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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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Another Christmas tea that I forgot to drink (until now that is). Another bagged tea from Adagio’s Christmas tea collection.

It smells like cinnamon rather than ginger but it does have a biscuit style scent to it.

As cinnamon and biscuit like as it smells it tastes more like a strong black tea with a slight cinnamon after taste. I wouldn’t say I could taste ginger at all let alone gingerbread and the black tea is far too strong in comparison to what I should be able to taste. Glad I didn’t drink this one over the Christmas holidays.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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40
drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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65
drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
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I have this as part of the pre-bagged Adagio Christmas blend set. I still have lots of Christmas tea left but at least it will cure my cravings later in the year. As for this tea I remember receiving it for Christmas last year and forgetting to try it there and then, good thing they come in decent storage tins.

It smells sweet and berry like but the black tea is thick against it so the fruit is mostly in the background. Still it’s a nice enough smell, enough to whet my taste buds.

The taste matches the smell for the most part. The berry is sweet and a little sour in the after taste, it does taste like cranberry but the black tea also makes it rather astringent. When you add sour/tart and astringent together it equals a harsh blend. I’m sure it could be softened with milk and sugar but I hate to add those to my teas now a days, plus honestly for me it’s already sweet enough (edging on too sweet).

It’s not a bad tea but neither is it great and as for being Christmas themed I would say my Christmas wouldn’t be ruined without this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Another Christmas teabag sample to clear from my cupboard. This one sounds interesting, I don’t believe I have had a white tea mixed with either peppermint or ginger before.

It tastes as interesting as it promised but I’m not sure if I’m a fan. The peppermint is nice and the white tea is virtually undetectable but the ginger adds a somewhat savoury edge to the blend. I like my peppermint sweet, having it savoury and herbal tasting is just a little weird. It’s not awful but I don’t think it would be something I would buy or likely drink again.

As for a Christmas tea I think the ginger takes away any festive feelings, it’s just a basic blend. Such a shame, with a name like White Christmas I thought it would be magical.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Ok so I missed out on this one come Christmas Morning but it’s still my Christmas holiday at the moment so at least I caught it in reasonable time.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this tea but it’s actually nice. A strong black tea packed with rich, dark flavour with a real Yunnan style black tea essence. In a way it reminds me of Yunnan Jig by Adagio. I wish I did have this on Christmas morning now.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Napalm Ferret by 52teas
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Today’s Christmas tea from 52 Teas. This was one that I also wanted to try from this years releases.

This tea smells very dry and spicy but with a strange yet fitting sweet banana tone in the background. It was spicy enough to make me sneeze when I took in a deep sniff of it.

The pepper is strong and fiery as the name suggests but it gets softened quickly by the sweet banana. The banana tastes delicious, Frank does excellent banana flavours in his blends. It tastes like I imagined a spicy banana bomb pudding would (banana napalm bomb pudding). The cinnamon is very strong in the after taste..or after burn as my husband put it.

A nice and unusual tea, glad I got to try this.
Happy Holidays everyone!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Tea Sipper

A weird one for Christmas Eve!

Cavocorax

It really is. :P Not what I would have expected, but maybe tomorrow’s tea is super Christmasy?

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75
drank Winter Fire by Butiki Teas
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I’m thirsty tonight, I finished my Creamy Eggnog and found myself putting the kettle on for more tea. Not that I’m complaining.

This Winter Fire blend made me sneeze when I sniffed it. Very spicy and peppery with cinnamon and that unique Guayusa scent in the background.

Flavour is a little sweet and super fiery and peppery. The right tea to give you a kick up the backside and make you more alert. Also a little smoky in the background and dry. Maybe dry and misty instead of smoky. It is rather warming.

It’s a hit with my husband and he rarely says that he really likes anything. Usually it’s “Yeah it’s alright” or “Tastes OK” but this time was “Oohh that smells very nice” and “I really like this tea”.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I’m 26 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

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