And what a delightfully festive holiday tea Della Terra Teas chose for Day 10 in their 12 Days of Christmas Tea countdown!
Rather than gabbing on about something irrelevant, I think I’m going to jump right in and start talking about this tea …
So, on the 10th Day of Christmas, Della Terra Teas sent me this tea …
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Della Terra Teas
On the tenth day of Christmas they say the lords were a’leaping. Perhaps they were using canes made of peppermint candy to help them jump along?
You certainly will have a candy cane of your own in your cup! On this tenth day as we draw nearer to Christmas day, refresh yourself with this amazing black tea!
Learn more about this tea here.
A few weeks ago, when I started noticing others on Steepster talking about this tea, I had a pretty good idea that it would be part of Della Terra Teas’ 12 Days of Christmas box … which at that point I was EAGERLY awaiting its arrival! But after opening nine envelope-y boxes containing teas that were not Candy Cane, I thought that maybe … just maybe … this tea wasn’t going to be in there. I guess it just goes to show that good things come to those who wait.
Well, I didn’t waste any time brewing this tea … I could wait no longer!
Mmm! It really does taste like a liquified candy cane that has been stirred into a cup of black tea. The black tea is a little on the mellow side, or at least it seems so as the minty flavors and even the hints of creamy, vanilla-y notes tend to overshadow it. That’s not really meant to sound like a complaint, because it isn’t one … the black tea is fine for what it is. It’s just not overly robust or strongly flavored. Here, the flavoring is doing most of the work … and what they’re producing is a delightful peppermint candy cane flavor!
But there’s more to this … there is more here than vanilla and peppermint … I taste … CHOCOLATE! Yes indeed! And I love this addition! It adds to the creaminess and richness to this tea. YUM!
This picture shows a dry leaf with crushed candy cane and black leaves … and apparently Della Terra Teas has since changed that to the cutest little candy cane candies. They look like miniature candy canes made for Squinkies toys. Yes, of course I know what Squinkies are … I kept trying to get my young daughter into these (they’re so cute!) but she was more into Littlest Pet Shop … but I digress.
Anyway, it would seem that Della Terra Teas has changed this Candy Cane tea slightly – it used to be called “Candy Cane Lane” and it used to have crushed candy canes instead of these cute little tiny candy cane candies (these would look adorable on cupcakes … just sayin’).
But whatever changes they made, I have to think that they were made for the better, because what I’m tasting is pure candy cane bliss in my tea cup. Sweet, creamy, minty … but not too much, and just a hint of chocolate too … This tea is a holiday delight!
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!