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Oh I am soooo glad to have more of this! I put it on hold for the summer as I feel it is more of a fall and winter tea with how rich and warm and comforting it is. I got a small amount from my local shop along with a few of the $1 straight teas (though not the ones I really wanted to try…they aren’t getting them apparently, BOO!). Having some now and soooo cozy now. I feel like it is wrapping me up in a cozy blanket and I just want to dive into a good book(!).
Unlike my experience with the Strawberry Slim Pu erh tea from Teavana, I can taste both the earthy flavour of the pu erh which mingles magnificently with the chocolate, but also a bit of the orange too. I added milk ad sugar to enhance the creamy chocolate orange taste…it is just like a chocolate orange candy bar. It is soooo yummy!!
My mug is looking sad and almost empty, so I think I might just have to make another cuppa.
I just adore this tea, and it is hitting the spot in a nice day turned windy and rainy afternoon. I had to run out and get DH some Dayquill, and it was cold and wet and windy, so when I came inside, this is what I made to warm me up and make me feel all cozy. It’s a sipdown, but now when I replace it, it will be the new name.
Personally, I think a tea as indulgent as this deserves to be drunk with milk and sugar….creamy and sweet!
Ok, so, I have been thinking about this tea ever since I smelled it a week ago AFTER I got my Chocolate Chili Chai to go. :( Well, not :( so much, because I really like the Chocolate Chili Chai, but I had had that before, and not Oh Christmas Treat. So that is what I mean.
So I finally got it as a tea to go on Friday after work, on the way to my Friday Night Dinner Group. It’s been very cold here in Victoria the last few days (and yes, -2C is effing cold to us here…we’re wusses, sorry) and I thought this would be perfect to keep me warm while I wait for the bus, and also to give me a little pick up for the rest of the evening, since I was very tired at that point.
I got this made with some agave and milk. It was a bit too hot for a bit, but I kept sniffing it (constantly, I couldn’t stop!), and I kept taking little sips, cuz I was so antsy to try it. Ha ha ha! I think I probably got some looks as I kept smelling it. :P
OMG, it totally is like those chocolate oranges that you whack that are so popular for Christmas (though why should I only have them at Christmas? They’re awesome and deserve to be consumed ALL YEAR!). I get more of that with the smell than the taste, and it more orange than chocolate in the smell, but more chocolatey and malty when consumed orally. The taste is more muted then when smelled, but the flavours even out a bit better this way. I think the pu-erh was a perfect choice for a base.
I really like this tea. So far, my winter/holiday winners are this and Alpine Punch. Ok, well Chocolate Chili Chai is pretty awesome too. I haven’t tried all of the new releases yet due to budget issues (DH took a trip in late Oct to early Nov, and is leaving again for another one in a few days).
I must be the only person on here who drinks it while not sick. And I gotta say I am really enjoying it. It is very minty up to a point where I can feel freshness in my throat long after the sip, it smells herbalicious and I am feeling a little sleepy though I had 3 cups of tieguanin before that. Perfect tea for worknights when I can’t afford to drink caffeinated teas after work since I have to go to bed earlier. It tastes medicinal but I appreciate it, gives me a feeling that it’s not just a bunch of hay, but herbs that are actually good for me. Whether that’s actually true is a different story altogether but power of mind is an important thing!
Packing boxes while 23-months-pregnant is… interesting, to say the least. BUT my 2-year-old is actually napping for a change so I had best make use of this precious toddler-free time!
You never really realise how much STUFF you have until you’re attempting to cram it all into boxes. With a husband who majored in Political Science that means we have so many books. Heavy books. Wordy books. Textbooks. Books about war and dictators and genocide. Lovely. I sold most of my old textbooks back in university to get back some of the money… my husband? Kept. Them. All.
All this packing calls for a London Fog break, stat! A dreamy, creamy, bergamot scented break… perfect.
Looking through my cupboard I realised something today, I haven’t reviewed this tea yet!
Here goes: Let me just say that I am an Earl Grey Snob. Capital ‘S’. I take my Earl Grey’s very seriously, which has led to the conclusion that Numi’s Aged Earl Grey is the closest to perfection I will ever get. I’ve tried them all: Twinnings (tastes like cardboard, it kills me when cafe’s try and charge me $5 for a London Fog made with it. Kills. Me.), Tazo (both the loose tea bags—meh—and the old school teabags—really good in London Fogs), Rishi (a bit too potent, but we will get to that in a second), Two Leaves & a Bud (not bad, but not great either, take it over Twinnings in a heartbeat!), Second Cup (orange flavouring?? Really?!)… but I digress.
My sister loves this tea. Loves it. Every time she comes over it is the tea she asks for, I should probably just breakdown and buy her some, but then I’d have to mail it to Halifax, yatta, yatta, yatta. Anyways, back to this tea: it’s alright on it’s own with a dash of sweetener, I usually use raw brown sugar.
In a latte though, holy shamoles! I tend to blend in a little, teensy bit of the Rishi Earl Grey, just to pump up the bergamot a bit. Otherwise, if you are like me and Enjoy a good London Fog then this is your tea! Capital ‘E’.
So, another lemongrass-mint tea… I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen too many teas featuring that combination to count. I wasn’t really excited when I read about it, but I decided to give it a go, just to see (read: because I’m obsessed with trying every single DT), and bought a small 25g. I’m pleasantly surprised! It’s not super special, but it’s probably one of the best lemongrass-mint teas I’ve had. The oolong taste is there, though I’d like more of it, and I’m guessing the lemon oil is what makes the whole flavour profile stand out more than usual. So in the end, for giving me more than I expected of it, it’s definitely a winner. But I highly doubt I’ll restock.
Mmmm. I ordered a David’s Tea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar, and when it arrived I found a little bag of three free single servings of tea! This was one of them. I was very intrigued, because the name is vague, but what was in the tin sure looked pretty! I brewed up a cup tonight, and am thoroughly impressed. I drank the mug before coming on here to find out what it actually is… but I guessed rooibos right, I guessed lavender right, and I almost guessed the coconut right! I was going to say it tastes kind of “nutty”, but now that I know it’s coconut, I can definitely taste it. I would also like to note… that I’m not always a huge fan of lavender. I’m really picky about artificial lavender scents vs. natural lavender, and even then… I am still difficult to please. But it’s subtle in this tea, and I really enjoy just the hint of lavender!
It’s warming, but not heavy. Rich but not over-powering. I had mine with a touch of agave and a bit of soymilk. I love it. I’ll definitely buy some more of it the next time I’m in the store!
I keep saying this is not my favorite tea, but seem to have it every morning as I go to work. I like the name, I feel that whatever is going on around me will be better because I have had my Detox potion in the morning to prevent any wrong doings in the day or in the evening. I do like the taste, a bit strong but satisfying and keep going back
I’m sure like many others, this isn’t something I would choose outside of being sick. But, it is actually relatively tasty (when you can’t taste/smell, especially), and it does provide some measure of relief. It’s strong enough to fight through all the nastiness of a cold to offer you some taste. My sinuses are feeling horribly inflamed and my eyes are watering, so I’m off to make some more! With some fresh ginger and a dash of cayenne. Pulling out all the stops, folks. I have two more papers and three exams to get through before I’m allowed to be sick!
And, I usually strongly dislike juniper. It really bothers me in Detox. But here I either don’t notice the juniper berries or am okay with them.