Wow – it’s Day 20. I can’t believe it. You know what that means, don’t you? There are only 5 days until the day we’ve all been waiting for gets here, and there are only 4 days left to actually shop to prepare for that day!
Today’s artistic inspiration comes from Regina Zyry. It’s one of the coolest paper ornaments for the tree that I have! The backing is crafted out of “fan folded” paper. It’s really lovely and I love the way it looks on the tree. The sparkly glitter in the center of the ornament shimmers when the lights on the tree blink. And the buttons dangle and keep the eye interested. This is another of those ornaments that I get a burst of “joy” when I unwrap it to decorate the tree.
Today’s tea gave me a “burst of joy” too! It’s been one of my favorites that I’ve tried from this Advent Calendar – it’s a good thing that Teanzo offers this tea year round.
Orange Crème Dessert Tea
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Teanzo 1856
Orange crème dessert tea is a smooth loose leaf orange black tea with a hint of vanilla. A real treat.
Learn more about this tea here.
Oh yum! When I knew that I’d be featuring the Advent Calendar from Teanzo 1856 this year, I took a few minutes to peruse the Teanzo website to see what different types of teas they offer. As I was “window shopping” with Teanzo, I came across this tea and this was one I was hoping would be in the Advent Calendar this year. It sounded so yummy!
So, I was happy to grab the pouch for day 20 and turn it over to see that Orange Crème would be today’s tea!
The dry leaf smells amazing – bright notes of orange with sweet, creamy notes and a background of black tea. Very aromatic! The brewed tea keeps that fragrance – this smells a bit like someone may have melted an orange cream ice pop in my black tea! It smells sweet and delicious and it’s got my mouth watering!
After allowing it to cool for a few minutes, I took my first sip! Yum!
The black tea base isn’t an overly aggressive tea. It adds a nice “black tea” flavor to the background but it doesn’t attempt to interfere with the flavors of orange and vanilla which are playing in the foreground. It’s a strong, solid backdrop of flavor. It’s pleasant and flavorful, smooth and not overly astringent.
The orange flavor is sweet and juicy with just enough tangy flavor to add some interest to the cup. It’s a sunny, energetic flavor that melds beautifully with the sweet, indulgent notes of vanilla.
It’s a really pleasant, dessert-y type of tea that still tastes like tea. It’s not overly flavored so that the tea notes are overwhelmed. It’s not quite as strong as I’d like a morning tea to be, but this would make a really nice afternoon pick-me-up. It would also be an excellent choice to serve to your guests – they’ll really enjoy this one!
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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