Winter Wonderland Rooibos

Tea type
Rooibos Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Cinnamon, Cocoa, Spices, Butter, Cookie, Creamy, Nuts, Sweet, White Chocolate, Oats, Brown Sugar, Nutty, Ginger, Cacao
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
Kosher
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 3 g 15 oz / 440 ml

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  • “I had the most wonderful night! My neighbor two houses down and across the street lives alone and is 96, and she will be 97 next month! She is delightful lady. Getting the motivation to leave the...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is very cozy and comforting with cinnamon and a hint of chocolate. I must say I’m a bit underwhelmed by the overall taste, but I guess I could use more leaf and more time. It won’t get bitter...” Read full tasting note
  • “2021 sipdown no. 10 (sample sipdown, but I’ve decided it counts haha) This tea is amazing. Amazing! Lex loves it. I love it. The website says this is apple fritter-esque and I have to agree. I love...” Read full tasting note
  • “I got this one in my swap with AliceG. The bag says Tea Runners, but it looks like they source a lot of their teas from Simpson & Vail, including this favorite of mine. Last time, I called it a...” Read full tasting note
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From Simpson & Vail

“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland…”

A wonderful blend of green rooibos with cacao and cinnamon and flavored with Bavarian chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnuts. When we sampled this in our store we heard “Best rooibos ever!”, “A new favorite”, “Great everyday tea”. It brews to a golden cup with the delicious aroma and taste of cinnamon baked goodies (we were reminded of apple fritters). Smooth and warming, this blend has the more pronounced taste of cinnamon and hazelnuts, while the Bavarian chocolate is an underlying taste that rounds out the other flavors. Delicious in every season!

Ingredients: Organic green rooibos, organic cacao nibs, organic cinnamon pieces, winter wonderland flavoring, and blue cornflower petals.

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3259 tasting notes

I had the most wonderful night! My neighbor two houses down and across the street lives alone and is 96, and she will be 97 next month! She is delightful lady. Getting the motivation to leave the house after supper takes some prodding for me but I really enjoy visiting her. She is a night owl like me. Tonight I called to see if it was a good night for a visit and she said yes!

When I got there, she had a bag of flour on the counter and told me she had been trying to decide whether to make biscuits. She really wanted some, but….

I told her I made biscuits just once about twenty years ago and they were terrible, and I asked her if she would teach me to make biscuits. (My mother was a true Southern lady but was raised in a progressive orphanage in the 1930’s that trained the kids in all the necessary skills for life, and because she was such a good seamstress they never made her do the kitchen work rotation to learn to cook. We ate canned biscuits!)

As you can imagine, there was no recipe. Just a bit of this and that, squish it with your hands, shape it with your hands, pat them flat one more time, and pop them in the oven. No, we don’t need to preheat and the temperature doesn’t matter a lot, just anywhere from 450F to 500F and she didn’t know how long, we would just look at them now and then.

As you can imagine, they turned out great. I was able to get the strawberry jelly wrestled open for her and we had a late night snack. She offered me decaf coffee but I decided to wait and have my drink when I got home – this little beauty.

Of all the teas I ordered for fall and winter evenings, I really had no idea this one was going to be a big favorite. I think it is probably a shelf staple now. I think of oatmeal cream pies, not as chocolatey as I thought it would be but just right for what it is. I love it.

Ingredients so I don’t forget: around two cups of self rising southern biscuit flour made of soft winter wheat, one stick of butter, and almost 3/4 cup of milk, adding 1/2 cup and then extra as needed. That’s it. She didn’t really measure the milk but I watched and eyeballed amounts that she poured so I could try it this weekend on my own.

The oven was set to 455F and my guess is we cooked them for about twenty minutes. So yummy.

Cameron B.

This one totally tastes like oatmeal cookies!

gmathis

How absolutely fun! Does she also cook “a mess” of assorted vegetables? That was one of my grandma’s cooking terms.

Kelmishka

What a delightful evening!

ashmanra

My mother always made a “mess” of green beans or a “mess” of field peas! As we ate the biscuits last night, I told my neighbor that my father would have said, “Now this is fittin’”.

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445 tasting notes

This is very cozy and comforting with cinnamon and a hint of chocolate. I must say I’m a bit underwhelmed by the overall taste, but I guess I could use more leaf and more time. It won’t get bitter and it might bring out the subtle notes.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Spices

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1444 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 10 (sample sipdown, but I’ve decided it counts haha)

This tea is amazing. Amazing! Lex loves it. I love it.

The website says this is apple fritter-esque and I have to agree. I love a good apple fritter! The apple and cinnamon pair perfectly here, and the chocolate in the background isn’t overly noticeable in taste, but I think blends these flavours together to mellow them in the most perfect way.

This will go into the S&V order for sure. Thanks for sharing Cameron! :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Aww, yay! And tell Lex hello! ❤

AJRimmer

This has chocolate in it? I’ve definitely had at least 4 oz of this tea over the years and never knew that, so I guess I agree on its subtlety!

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2326 tasting notes

I got this one in my swap with AliceG. The bag says Tea Runners, but it looks like they source a lot of their teas from Simpson & Vail, including this favorite of mine. Last time, I called it a weaker version of their snickerdoodle flavor. I’d like to issue an apology. The more I have of this tea, the more I see that it stands on its own. What a tasty, spiced, baked flavor. This is one that I savor each mouthful of. I probably still prefer snickerdoodle, but I’m really enjoying this one.
S&V is having a 15% off sale, but I sadly don’t have room in my cupboard right now. Looking forward to restocking some favorites this winter.

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4028 tasting notes

Another one from my Simpson & Vail holiday sampler! I don’t remember this one from the last time I tried it, but the flavors sound lovely.

Yum, this reminds me of an oatmeal cookie. It has a lovely sweet cookie-like flavor with a touch of cinnamon and yummy oat notes. There’s something a bit creamy as well.

Very tasty, and I’m happy to revisit it! :D

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cookie, Creamy, Oats, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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249 tasting notes

This somehow reminds me of gingerbread. I really like the flavor of this one. It’s sweet and dessert-y without being over the top. The green rooibos works well – there’s enough of a backbone without making it woody like red would do.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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4190 tasting notes

Ashmanra’s sipdown challenge – January 2024 Tea #4 – A winter inspired blend

S&V’s flavors usually last quite a while — more than most teas.  But this one is just not aging well.  Understandably! This is at least five years old!  Tea is not immortal!   But the flavor is leaning more towards a plastic note at this point, for some reason, that was not there when the tea was fresh.  Just a note to not let this one age very much.  Next time is a sipdown.

Dustin

I love the idea of a tea being immortal and having supernatural powers of some sort!

tea-sipper

haha, if only, for the sake of my tea collection. I will add that the second steep DOES taste a bit more like it’s supposed to (less off flavor notes).

ashmanra

We managed a sipdown on this tea tonight! I am keeping the tin so that when the cupboard gets lower I can purchase a bag – next this upcoming fall.

tea-sipper

What a coincidence, ashmanra! Also, there are so many S&V teas I wouldn’t mind having a full tin of… S&V is the best.

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1159 tasting notes

It’s cold and windy and rainy and TBH I’m semi-irrationally scared that the wind will blow my air conditioner out of the window. Mostly I am perturbed by the eerie noises that the wind is making and the fact that some of it is getting through the a/c. So, like any good Steepsterite, I reached for a comforting cuppa. Phi first exposed me to this tea when she sent me a sample (thanks, friend!). Then there was an ounce of this in our gift bags at the Philly Coffee & Tea Fest. I am trying to enjoy rather than hoard it but it’s SO GOOD and I don’t want to run out. It basically tastes like a cinnamon oatmeal cookie. This tea is just wintry comfort in a cup. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put in some earplugs, curl up under a blanket, and try to sleep through (hopefully) the worst of this storm.

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1758 tasting notes

This is a flavorful blend of cacao and cinnamon with green rooibos. The chocolate and cinnamon notes are really strong. The rooibos a little bit in the background. This is an excellent tea to drink at this hour when I can’t have what I really want because of the caffeine.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Flavors: Cacao, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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254 tasting notes

I had a lot of fun trying out this tea. It’s a caffeine-free and guilt-free way to enjoy one of my favorite treats of the holiday season: My grandmother’s stollen, a sweet bread with raisins and cinnamon, topped with white icing that’s decorated with candied fruits and nuts. This rooibos does an excellent job of capturing those flavors… and makes me want to go bake the real thing, too!

You can see pictures here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2014/12/winter-wonderland-rooibos-by-simpson.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Awesome that your grandma makes stollen! I’ve always wanted to learn.

TeaBrat

this sounds good!

wheezybee

Let me know if you’d like a copy of her recipe. It would be easy to scan and send.

Fjellrev

Really? That would be awesome if it won’t be a huge bother! I love the idea of using family recipes.

Cameron B.

Count me in for the recipe, sounds fantastic! :D

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