A tea from VariaTea. Thank you. :)

I like this tea. It’s gone REALLY well with my oaty jammy crumble (I forgot to put sugar into the oat part of my oat bars, which results in everything falling apart, although it’s sweet enough from the jam) due to the cakey flavour.

It’s like a mix of Naissance and Evening in France. Almond cake and citrus. Really interesting. Definitely something I would consider getting in the future, if I could get it loose. It doesn’t really taste like Christmas to me though. Christmas is more spiced apple juice and shortbread, as those are the flavours we had in the house when I was growing up. Also eggnog made with raw eggs. Heh. Not something that is “done” so much anymore.

It’s nice to sit here and contemplate what I’m going to bring camping this weekend. Yes, camping in December. It’s my brother’s birthday this week, and he had no one to go out with. So we’re taking the ferry and riding our bikes to a campground, building a fire so I can roast myself warm, spending the night, then getting up early the next day to come back. Now, this is within my fitness level, but he is what I’d call athletic to my slow turtle. The only way I’ll beat him there is if he decides to stop for a nap…

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VariaTEA

I am glad you enjoyed it. I suppose calling a tea “Christmas tea” is bound to get different reactions given so many people have different traditions. I am Jewish so it just smelled good to me but I know JustJames really felt this was reminiscent of Christmas. However, I suppose the fact that it was drinkable is what counts :)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, not so religious here. We do a pseudo-secular Christmas with food and gifts and a tree (and a movie!). :) Christmas really is all about the food for me. Stuff that doesn’t get made any other time of year.

VariaTEA

That is pretty great. I have a tradition with my siblings and our friends in which we have a Chrismakkah dinner and we make Christmas food and Hanukkah foods and exchange gifts and play dreidel and decorate gingerbread houses. However, the food is probably the biggest attraction :)

OMGsrsly

I think it’s telling that the thing I’m most looking forward to is my parents cooking. :D

Fjellrev

Ah, the West Coast. Where it’s still freaking spring in December.

OMGsrsly

Sadly spring = rainy. It has the potential to be freaking miserable.

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VariaTEA

I am glad you enjoyed it. I suppose calling a tea “Christmas tea” is bound to get different reactions given so many people have different traditions. I am Jewish so it just smelled good to me but I know JustJames really felt this was reminiscent of Christmas. However, I suppose the fact that it was drinkable is what counts :)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, not so religious here. We do a pseudo-secular Christmas with food and gifts and a tree (and a movie!). :) Christmas really is all about the food for me. Stuff that doesn’t get made any other time of year.

VariaTEA

That is pretty great. I have a tradition with my siblings and our friends in which we have a Chrismakkah dinner and we make Christmas food and Hanukkah foods and exchange gifts and play dreidel and decorate gingerbread houses. However, the food is probably the biggest attraction :)

OMGsrsly

I think it’s telling that the thing I’m most looking forward to is my parents cooking. :D

Fjellrev

Ah, the West Coast. Where it’s still freaking spring in December.

OMGsrsly

Sadly spring = rainy. It has the potential to be freaking miserable.

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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