On the Tenth Day of Christmas, 52Teas Sent to Me …

We are nearing the finish line.  These sampler boxes are a fun way to count down the days until Christmas, especially if you’re like me and have difficulty with time.  I often blame it on the artist in me, but whether or not that is the case, I don’t know.  What I do know is that I have a real issue with the concept of time.

And I bring that up, because, well, an Advent calendar seldom works for me, because I can’t usually wrap my brain around the fact that it’s December 1st when it is.  So, even if my intentions are good and I happen to buy an Advent-type, countdown calender, I probably would end up forgetting about it and not start it until mid-December anyway.  This cuts the time in half for me, I can handle 12 days.  25 days … well, I probably COULD handle it, but, knowing the struggle it would pose for me, I rather not put myself in that situation.

Yes, I’m babbling.  Basically my point is, this kind of countdown – 12 Days of Christmas – works for me.  Even though, technically, the 12 Days of Christmas isn’t actually supposed to start before Christmas and be a “countdown”, but actually, should start on Christmas Day.

Enough already!  Let’s get on with today’s tea, shall we?

Here is the tenth tea of Christmas …


This chai appearing in the box was a very happy surprise, mainly because it was the first chai in the box (and possibly the only chai!) and Chai is just so warm and cozy and comforting that I expected there to be at least one other Chai tea before this, the tenth day.

Assuming that this is the only chai in the box this year, I guess that this is a good choice for that one chai.  It is certainly yummy.  Although, truth be told, I would have selected the Gingerbread Chai which is my favorite chai from 52Teas.  However, since it was last year’s 12th Tea of Christmas, I didn’t really expect it to appear in this year’s box.

But, all that aside, this is a really yummy chai, so long as it is brewed correctly.  The first time I brewed this (it’s been a couple of months now), I brewed it too strong and it caused the Assam to taste really harsh.  Normally, I like to brew my chai really strong, but this is not a normal chai, so don’t treat it as such!

A very flavorful chai, the black tea base is bold and invigorating, the spices do not overpower the delightful flavors of caramel and vanilla.  I wrote my full-length review of this chai back in October, and I think I’m loving this now even more than I did back then, and that just may be because I am enjoying this “latte” and – just as I stated back in October – it is an over-the-top treat.  It is AMAZINGLY good, and even if you don’t think you need to go over-the-top, I do recommend trying it … at least once!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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