Holy. Moley.

This tea is GINGERBREAD.

Delicious without sugar or milk, even. The base is nice and strong, and a good backbone for the flavours, but it’s not bitter or too astringent.

Then I added some milk and a small bit of sugar, and OMG, it’s even better.

GINGERBREAD.

The flavouring is super duper strong, and I can definitely tell it’s flavoured, but somehow I just don’t care.

GINGERBREAD.

I’m drinking it out of a fancy tea cup, too. And setting up my new metallic red ereader, that I got by pre-spending Christmas money. Yep.

I think that this tea needs to air out for a week or two for optimum breadiness.

Thank you SO MUCH, MissB, for functioning as a tea mule. It was lovely to meet you today (we need to go have tea!), and I really appreciate the work you put in to organize all this!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I’m so excited for my order to arrive from MissB too. Eeee!

Fjellrev

That is AWESOME because I have some waiting for me at my mom’s.

OMGsrsly

Second steep is good too. I got 2 cloves in my tsp so it’s a little clovey, but if you keep an eye on that you can mitigate the overpowering effects. :)

JustJames

this sounds EXCELLENT. reading this made me happier.

OMGsrsly

Did you get some too? Or did you want some? Or has MissB already packaged some up for you? Also… when are you meeting up next week because I want to come over and see everyone?!

MissB

Heh. The Simpson & Vail stuff – all of it – smells delicious. My kitchen smells like I’ve been baking and making candy all day! I have a huge box here for JustJames, and blanking out if there’s any Gingerbread in there for him… if there isn’t, I’ll put some in.

Sil

yeah only downside to S&V teas – they are SUER strong smelling and will contaminate your other teas in swaps…just be careful of that hahaha

OMGsrsly

Tin foil, Sil. Not just for hats anymore. ;)

Sil

..or windows heh

Yeah just fair warning. I know with our order from ages aago it made my whole house smell…had to lock them down in tins and containers heh

OMGsrsly

I’ve already transferred one into a tin, and am emptying another tin today for the other. :) I only got two, and I’m so pleased with them!

Courtney

Is tin foil the trick? I had to remove the Apple Cinnamon Coffeecake from my cupboard for fear it would “infect” my other teas.

OMGsrsly

If you can’t get hold of odour proof bags, or use tins, then yes. Tin foil works really well. Try to get the thicker stuff or it rips super easily.

Sil

yes tinfoil is great! it’s how i wrap my matcha swaps now…inside a bag then bag into tin foil :)

Fjellrev

Ooh, thanks for the warning, OMG. I love cloves anyway but it sounds like this one is balanced with other stuff too. Don’t want pickled beets in your tea. :p

My mom commented that the parcel was quite strongly scented, especially the root beer. Tinfoil it is!

MissB

Root beer is probably the most strongly scented one, that I can tell. The (beautiful!) paper bags don’t do a good job of keeping the smell contained, however after having my stuff here next to me for a day or two now, I’ve noticed the smells have dissipated. I will however have to pack these all up well in tins and whatnot. Already thinking of ordering more, especially the candy cane, which is just available for a limited time.

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Courtney

I’m so excited for my order to arrive from MissB too. Eeee!

Fjellrev

That is AWESOME because I have some waiting for me at my mom’s.

OMGsrsly

Second steep is good too. I got 2 cloves in my tsp so it’s a little clovey, but if you keep an eye on that you can mitigate the overpowering effects. :)

JustJames

this sounds EXCELLENT. reading this made me happier.

OMGsrsly

Did you get some too? Or did you want some? Or has MissB already packaged some up for you? Also… when are you meeting up next week because I want to come over and see everyone?!

MissB

Heh. The Simpson & Vail stuff – all of it – smells delicious. My kitchen smells like I’ve been baking and making candy all day! I have a huge box here for JustJames, and blanking out if there’s any Gingerbread in there for him… if there isn’t, I’ll put some in.

Sil

yeah only downside to S&V teas – they are SUER strong smelling and will contaminate your other teas in swaps…just be careful of that hahaha

OMGsrsly

Tin foil, Sil. Not just for hats anymore. ;)

Sil

..or windows heh

Yeah just fair warning. I know with our order from ages aago it made my whole house smell…had to lock them down in tins and containers heh

OMGsrsly

I’ve already transferred one into a tin, and am emptying another tin today for the other. :) I only got two, and I’m so pleased with them!

Courtney

Is tin foil the trick? I had to remove the Apple Cinnamon Coffeecake from my cupboard for fear it would “infect” my other teas.

OMGsrsly

If you can’t get hold of odour proof bags, or use tins, then yes. Tin foil works really well. Try to get the thicker stuff or it rips super easily.

Sil

yes tinfoil is great! it’s how i wrap my matcha swaps now…inside a bag then bag into tin foil :)

Fjellrev

Ooh, thanks for the warning, OMG. I love cloves anyway but it sounds like this one is balanced with other stuff too. Don’t want pickled beets in your tea. :p

My mom commented that the parcel was quite strongly scented, especially the root beer. Tinfoil it is!

MissB

Root beer is probably the most strongly scented one, that I can tell. The (beautiful!) paper bags don’t do a good job of keeping the smell contained, however after having my stuff here next to me for a day or two now, I’ve noticed the smells have dissipated. I will however have to pack these all up well in tins and whatnot. Already thinking of ordering more, especially the candy cane, which is just available for a limited time.

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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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