Ruby 18 from American Gongfu. . .

Today is one of those days where a good cup of tea is needed for the soul.  It has been a crazy few months and I haven’t been able to spend as much time on my gorgeous tea stash.  Today I was determined to give some love and enjoy a few tea blends while checking off a few odds and ends around the house.

Ruby 18 from American Gongfu stood out to me as being the first one I needed to dive in. I have been a fan of American Gongfu’s gorgeous tea ware and was excited to check out their tea offerings.  This particular offering boasts a taste profile of gingerbread.  What better compliment to a snowy winter day!

I traditionally western brew all my tea  and that is how I approached this tea.  Brewed up with water at 195F and allowed to brew for three minutes, this tea is a showstopper that grabbed my heart at the very first sip.

Right off the bat you are greeted with these brilliant gingerbread like notes.  The description hits that note perfectly. Towards the middle of the sip you get this slight earthy feel that isn’t overwhelming but compliments that sweet start.  At the end, there is a solid malty tone that wraps the sip up nicely without any astringency.

American Gongfu does teaware and tea right.  From previous experiences, I knew that they offered amazing high quality tea ware to compliment anyone’s tea needs.  But now that I’ve tried this variety, I know that take that same care and passion to their tea offerings.

Highly recommend this marvelous tea! Can’t wait to try this as a cold brew tea. I think that is on the list for tomorrow!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  American Gongfu

This instant crowd favorite has an interesting pedigree.  Ruby #18  – also know as Red Jade – is the name of a cultivar developed in Taiwan by pairing a wildTaiwanese tea treeCamellia formosensis with a Burmese Assam (C. sinensis var. assamica.).  The best crafted Ruby 18 leaf usually comes from Nantou’s Sun Moon Lake region.

Brewed lightly or at lower temperature, the tea exhibits an aromatic sweetness with hints of gingerbread and other spice flavors.  Brewed deeply or at high heat, yields a strong spicy tea, with notes of camphor, allspice, and deep woodiness.

A little goes a long way with this leaf, making it economical as well as delicious. We recommend a lighter brew if you’re new to this tea.

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Gingerbread Man from BRUU Tea. . . .


Continuing with my apparent disregard for the non-holiday season (remember when I sipped on a Chanukah-themed tea in March?), I grabbed this sample out of my stash for our nightly tea lattes the other day. Skeptical as I was, as I usually am with red rooibos, both my fiancé (fellow nighttime tea lover) and I couldn’t get enough of this one.

All the goodness of red rooibos with none of the medicinal ick, this one is like a woodsy-orange, with hints of custard and pink peppercorn spice. Rather than a creamsicle-esque orange, this one is a bit more reminiscent of a holiday orange, dotted with cloves, smothered in warm custard cream. Mmm. Am I making anyone else as hungry as I’m making myself right now? No? Moving on.

Would I necessarily harken these flavors to a gingerbread man? Probably not. Would I sip this one nightly, regardless of name or closest holiday (I’m pretty sure this one isn’t meant to be sipped on the 4th of July, but I say it matters not)? Yes and yes.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Rooibos
Where to Buy:  BRUU Tea

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Gingerbread Rooibos from Market Spice. . . .

I was a little nervous about this one. Like I’ve said before, I don’t usually like ginger. So I definitely approached this blend with trepidation. I wasn’t sure if it would be too spicy, like ginger sometimes is. I also don’t usually like rooibos, it sometimes has too much of a woodsy taste, too earthy. My hopes for this tea was more of a gingerbread cookie with icing.

My wish was granted! Once steeped, this blend smells like I am baking gingerbread cookies and mixing vanilla icing in my kitchen! I was so happy because the rooibos is basically undetectable. Its super smooth and sweet with a hint of cookie. The ginger is less spicy and more sweet, like the kind of ginger you taste in gingerbread cookies. I did add agave which definitely cut the spiciness and added some sweetness, but this blend definitely was reminiscent of cookies regardless.

I finished my cup in less than 5 minutes that’s how delicious this was. It was smooth and reminded me of those little gingerbread man cookies covered in vanilla icing. I actually love this blend so much that I wish it was caffeinated so that I could have it in the mornings. If it had caffeine I think it would be one of my favorites, especially in the fall/winter. I would really recommend trying this even if you don’t generally like rooibos because it definitely wasn’t a typical rooibos tea. Very yummy! This was the first blend I tried from Market Spice, but I will definitely be trying more in the future!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy:  Market Spice

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Gingybread Tea from Geeky Teas

GingybreadTeaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Geeky Teas

Tea Description:

A new seasonal favorite is here in the form of a gingerbread tea! Natural gingerbread flavor is layered with cinnamon bark, ginger root and orange peels on a black tea base. Mmmmm… tasty!

“Eat me! I mean, drink me!” -Gingy

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Taster’s Review:

Who doesn’t love Gingy from Shrek? That lovable little character always makes me giggle. So it seems that Geeky Teas picked the perfect character to create a holiday tea around.

To be honest, I’m not the biggest ginger fan so I was a little worried about how I would feel about this tea, but I have to say, this tea is a delight! Brewed up like a black tea with water prepped at 212F and steeped for about 3 minutes, this tea is a sweet take on a gingerbread tea. The first note you get is the gingerbread flavor with a hint of cinnamon.  The orange peel gives off a nice citrus twist.  There is a sweetness in there that I can’t place at the moment.

Such a lovely tea and it has such a nice feel to it.  Warm, cozy, soothing. . .this tea has it all!  This tea really does remind you of a gingerbread cookie. I mean, can you ask for a better holiday tea?