Christmas Stollen

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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  • “This sip down is kind of a cheat. I cold steeped the rest of the leaf in a jug but it's been sitting there for days because I quite frankly don't want to drink it. I know I'm being wasteful, but...” Read full tasting note
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    fjellrev 757 tasting notes
  • “Look how quickly I move from Halloween to Christmas! I’m picking up hibiscus, apple, citrus, vanilla, and something that could be marzipan or a combination of almonds and vanilla. It could even be...” Read full tasting note
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    CrowKettle 495 tasting notes
  • “thanks Cavo! I figured i needed some no caffeine teas tonight to give me a break from all the other teas i had today. Sadly i'm still pretty much ready to curl up and go to bed. I can't say that...” Read full tasting note
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    Silaena 4889 tasting notes
  • “I was hoping for more almonds, less fruity booze, but I'll go with the fruity booze. If you drink brandy, it might go well with this tea. :) It's kinda cherries, some apple, spices, IDK. It's...” Read full tasting note
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From Bayswater Tea Co.

Ingredients: apple, hibiscus, orange, almond, sultanas, marzipan, lemon, rosepetals, vanilla

2 heaping tea measuring spoons for 1 cup of water. Steep 6-10 minutes.

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This sip down is kind of a cheat. I cold steeped the rest of the leaf in a jug but it’s been sitting there for days because I quite frankly don’t want to drink it. I know I’m being wasteful, but I’m just going to dump it down the sink, give my jug a good scrub, and put something else to cold steep.

Never worked as a hot brew for me because the hibiscus gets waaaay too tart, yet the almond and spice notes work.

But as a cold brew, while the hibiscus works, the spices and almonds are weird. It just wasn’t meant to be.

Sil

haha no fun drinking stuff you don’t want to. :)

JustJames

you are much better behaved than i am…. if i despise something to a point of dread i turn it into the soil of my garden. it’s not wasted that way and my flowers are happy. =0)

Fjellrev

I think I get that attribute from my mom, who never wants to waste anything. Every time I pour something down the drain, I see that loonie or toonie getting poured down.

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Look how quickly I move from Halloween to Christmas!

I’m picking up hibiscus, apple, citrus, vanilla, and something that could be marzipan or a combination of almonds and vanilla. It could even be the sultanas (grapes)! Zesty notes creep into the finish and then mellow out into a vanilla soup. It’s quite tart, and a couple sips is enough to make my mouth pucker.

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one as much as I do. It’s a crazy fruit blend, reminiscent of David’s Kanpe tea (that had cinnamon, fruits, and hibiscus). I enjoyed mixing the Kanpe with frozen pink lemonade but I don’t know if that would work here due to the stronger notes of vanilla sweets. Maybe it would work better.

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205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

I can’t wait to bake stollen for the holidays, reminds me of my family overseas:/

OMGsrsly

My Christmas stollen is about to have an ‘accident’. Would you like me to include it in the box I’m sending? :)

CrowKettle

I have no problem with drinking more of this tea. It’s not something I’ll ever buy again but it’s easy. :)

OMGsrsly

Awesome! PS. Spiced fig smells similar, but no hibiscus. I hope it gives me the flavour I’m looking for. :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Would you please?! That would be awesome!

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thanks Cavo! I figured i needed some no caffeine teas tonight to give me a break from all the other teas i had today. Sadly i’m still pretty much ready to curl up and go to bed. I can’t say that i’ve ever had christmas stollen either but this is a fairly tasty tea. The hibiscus doesn’t overpower and there’s still a sense of all the flavours coming together. Much like cavo, i wouldn’t drink this all the time, but every now and then i can see this being a nice treat.

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I was hoping for more almonds, less fruity booze, but I’ll go with the fruity booze. If you drink brandy, it might go well with this tea. :)

It’s kinda cherries, some apple, spices, IDK. It’s quite comforting at a barely sippable hotness. I hope it stays drinkable as it cools down.

(I did add sugar to it. It smelled like it could go rather sour. About 1/4 tsp for 16 oz, which isn’t much.)

Fjellrev

Oh god, Stollen tea. Genius concept.

OMGsrsly

It got really really hibiscusy towards the end of the mug. :/ I’d like to see something like this with a base that’s not hibiscus.

Cavocorax

Hmmm. I hope the hibiscus doesn’t bother me too much. It’s so bulky though and they say to use 2 teaspoons. It won’t take much to drink that all up!

OMGsrsly

Consider adding sugar. Heh. I’ll add more like 3/4 tsp per 16 oz mug next time. I usually use very little sweetener though.

Fjellrev

Weird, hibiscus doesn’t belong in Stollen at all.

caile

Stollen tea sounds so good – but yeah, hibiscus in it not so much.

OMGsrsly

I think it has to do with the “fruit base” so many stores use. I think the base at Bayswater might be the same as Granville Island, as both places have the same bite to their fruit teas. The Cranberry Orange Chili Pepper tea didn’t bother me nearly as much though. Possibly because cranberry = sour?

Fjellrev

That would make perfect sense. You’d think it wouldn’t be hard to come up with a custom blend sans hibiscus by working with a different base but I guess that would involve a lot more work. A Stollen black ought to be made!

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OMGsrsly drank this earlier so I thought I’d better open my pack up and have some too.

This is a greedy tea! It says “2 heaping tea measuring spoons for 1 cup of water”. Well, 50g will not last very long then! I am leaving at least a cup for Sil and Kittena to try so that we are prepared if we ever want to order any directly from the company.

And maybe we should? As a fruit tea, this is very good. I don’t really mind the hibiscus – as the tea cools a bit it fades into the background. I’m tasting apples and spices and a bit of tartness. And orange; there’s a bit of orange too. I’ve never had Christmas Stollen, but it does sorta remind me of glogg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulled_wine#Nordic_gl.C3.B6gg). Like OMGsrsly says, this tea is a bit like fruity booze.

I don’t think I would drink this one too often – it’s not an everyday (every evening?) tea for me – but I could see it being a popular one around Christmas.

Apparently my bf has invited 4 people to have Christmas with us in Toronto since we’re away from our families, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this number grew. I could use this tea on hand as a refreshment for guests!

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205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Sil

Lol already p,anning Christmas?!

OMGsrsly

I think it’d be a delightful on-the-back-burner house scenter. :) I love the smell of this one.

Cavocorax

I guess? Haha. He’s just hanging out with a few members from his Honors class before they all start their Masters at different schools – a few in ON. So he’s hoping to keep in touch.

We are not big on Christmas otherwise! Haha.

But I love the idea of just brewing it for the scent. It smells so delightful!

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Pretty sure thanks goes to Cavocorax for this one? But correct me if I’m wrong. And thanks for the hibby warning on the label! I cautiously steeped it for only 2-3 minutes, and that seemed to keep the hibiscus to a minimum… but I wasn’t a big fan of the flavour in general. There’s something about some of these “Christmassy” herbals that I don’t find appealing. Some spice or something; I’m really not sure. Interestingly, though, I finished my cup of this one off the next day, and it was much more pleasant cool, kind of juice-like. So perhaps that’s how I’ll drink up the remaining cup and a half or so!

Second infusion was a bit heavier on the hibiscus… drank it cool and it was about the same. Drinkable, not a favourite. So overall, nothing wrong with this one (as long as you’re mindful of the hibiscus), just not to my preferences!

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Sil

yep – that’s a cavo tea!

Cavocorax

From ages ago! :O

Sil

Woman. Puh. Lease. Be amazed she drank it the same year she got it lol

Cavocorax

Hahah. Hey Kittenna, what’s your cupboard at?

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