St Nick’s Tea from Simpson and Vail. . . .

This is one of my new acquisitions that I bought in a turkey stupor over Black Friday weekend. I bought a LOT of tea on Cyber Monday. Like, I’d be embarrassed if it, if I still had the capacity for that. But blowing money on my tea collection is part of my REPUTATION at this point. Gotta maintain my street cred.

I picked this one specifically because Christmas is coming. I have been assiduously avoiding “Santa Baby” like the plague, but I imagine it’s only a matter of time until I hear it. I’m having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year, so I thought maybe this would help.

RESULT: Nope, I’m still not bothering with a Christmas tree.

HOWEVER: this is a very tasty blend. It has a nice nut-chocolate vibe. It tastes like hot chocolate mixed with an oatmeal nut cookie. Its caffeine content content keeps him zingin’ along as he halts time and gives out —

ATTENTION: THIS IS THE INTERSTELLAR TIME-SPACE CONSORTIUM. YOU DID NOT HEAR THAT. SANTA IS DEFINITELY FICTIONAL AND DEFINITELY NOT A REAL LIVING TIME-TRAVELER WITH THE ABILITY TO STOP TIME. YOUR PARENTS MADE HIM UP. ALL GIFTS ARE BOUGHT FOR YOU BY YOUR PARENTS. LOOK INTO THIS LIGHT.

— Where was I?

This tea is very sweet in a healthy homemade cookie way. If you’re not sure if you can get the Christmas spirit going, try this. Even if you don’t wind up getting the tree, at least you had a tasty tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Simpson and Vail
Description

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there….”

Add St. Nick’s Tea to your holiday wish list because this blend is Nutty & Nice! Black teas are enhanced with the flavors of chocolate and roasted nuts with a hint of maple. The tea brews to an amber cup with a smooth, nutty, slightly sweet taste. It’s the perfect blend to enjoy on winter nights while you’re sitting by the fire. A definite crowd pleaser!

Ingredients: Black teas, almonds, organic cacao nibs, vanilla beans, flavoring and orange blossoms. Contains Tree Nuts.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Honeyed Apricots and Almonds Chun Mee from A Quarter To Tea. . ..

Honeyed Apricots and Almonds Chun Mee, this green tea came as a sample in the March teabox. It is part of A Quarter to Tea’s Spring Teas and I don’t know why it has taken me this long to try it out.

The dry leaf is quite lovely with the sliced almonds and variety of flowers. The honeysuckle actually seems to bloom when the hot water hits it. Once steeped, the leaf leaves behind an apricot-scented brew.

That apricot scent carries over to the taste. Sweet and clearly reflective of the stone-fruit. However, this tea is so much more than that. As promised by the name, there is a distinct honey flavor drizzled throughout whereas the almond sits on the tip of your tongue. I personally am not picking up any of the jasmine though I prefer it that way.

This tea is an accurately named delight. It’s bright and fresh, sweet and juicy. A daytime snack or nighttime dessert all in one.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Green
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea
Description

This blend is fruity and sweet with almond, honey, apricot and a touch of jasmine.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Maple Almond Dragon Pearls from A Quarter To Tea. . . .

Sometimes when you do tea swaps with other tea lovers, you find yourself surprised by added teas you did not expect nor ask for. And by sometimes, I mean basically every time. Gotta love the generosity of tea friends!

Well, this particular tea is one of those surprises and I was super excited to try it out. If I am being honest, it was the fact that these were black dragon pearls that appealed to me the most. I just love being able to pop a couple of balls of tea into the mug and watch them blossom. It is calming as the tea opens up and releases all its flavor into the brew. I will say though that I probably should have put these in a filter as opposed to directly in the mug because as fun as it was to watch, the pearl completely disintegrated and I had to strain out the leaves before drinking.

As I sip the tea now, the first thing I notice is the taste of the yunnan base. Smooth and malty which transitions nicely into a light note of vanilla. The almond is also present and adds depth to the tea. Unfortunately, I am not sure how much maple is coming through. As a Canadian, maple is a flavor that I get easily excited about but I have noticed it is a flavor that often isn’t done how I would want it to be. This is no exception because I find myself searching for it but to no avail.

This was a little bit of a miss for me given the lack of maple. That is not to say it was bad since I enjoyed the tea and had no trouble finishing the mug of it. However, I was disappointed that this didn’t exactly deliver on what the name promised.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea
Description

Rich and malty handrolled tea from Yunnan, China with natural maple, vanilla and almond flavor.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

St. Nick’s From Simpson & Vail

stNicksTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there….”

Add St. Nick’s Tea to your holiday wish list because this blend is Nutty & Nice! Black teas are enhanced with the flavors of chocolate and roasted nuts with a hint of maple. The tea brews to an amber cup with a smooth, nutty, slightly sweet taste. It’s the perfect blend to enjoy on winter nights while you’re sitting by the fire. A definite crowd pleaser!

Ingredients: Black teas, almonds, organic cacao nibs, vanilla beans, flavoring and orange blossoms. Contains Tree Nuts.

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 3 minutes. Certified Kosher

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I adore Simpson & Vail.  They are a great company.  Fantastic customer service and a great line of teas, you really want for nothing when you shop with them.  I was fortunate to be able to review some of their holiday teas and this one I’ve been quite excited about.  Almonds, chocolate, vanilla bean, orange blossoms. . This tea just sounds like a festive sweet treat!

I brewed this up at work with water I prepped at 212F and allowed the tea to steep for about 3 minutes.  This is a black tea and I wasn’t sure how forgiving the tea would be if I oversteeped.  I didn’t want to ruin any of this holiday goodness!

After three minutes, my entire desk had this wonderful aroma of chocolate.  Yum! I’m not a huge chocolate fan but even this tea was getting my attention.  Like all other Simpson & Vail teas, this tea doesn’t disappoint!

In each sip, you can taste all the different flavors.  The nuttiness, the citrus twist, the sweet creamy vanilla, and the rich lush chocolate.  All in one sip.  The flavors mingle so well together and really give you a tea that makes you sit back and saw “Wow”.  I think my favorite part of this tea is the black tea base that creates a smoothness that all the other flavors can play off nicely. This tea would for sure make an amazing latte so I’m keeping the remainder of my sample to do just that later tonight.

If you are a fan of chocolate teas, check this one out.  It even impressed a non chocolate eater like myself!