Sage Wellness from Plum Deluxe

I love brewing up tea with fresh herbs from the garden or from the kitchen.  With all the turkey and holiday meals in the wintertime, I feel like sage is an especially appropriate herb to be brewing this time of year, so I ordered a bag of Sage Wellness tea from Plum Deluxe.

 

This is a tea with a green rooibos base, which provides the perfect, gentle background for the other herbs and flavors.  In the dry leaf, there are plenty of fuzzy, grey-green leaves from the sage, a pleasure to touch and smell.  Rose petals and lemon peel add to the dreamy fragrance.

 

Beyond the rooibos and sage, this blend also features fruit pieces like strawberry and rosehips, and fruit flavoring from strawberries and peaches.  The sage feels like Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, but the strawberry feels like a summer harvest.  With the two fragrant, flavorful factors of sage and strawberry, the whole blend is reminiscent of a fresh, blooming herb garden.

 

Not too sweet and not too savory, the fruit and herbs come together to make an atypical take on familiar flavors.  With a blend so beautiful to look at and so tasty to brew, I like to pretend that I was wandering in a fantasy garden, plucking bits of sage and picking perfect strawberries to add to my perfect cup of tea.

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Plum Deluxe
Description:

Nourish body + soul with the wisdom and healing of fresh herbs and fruits!  Our sage + green rooibos herbal tea artfully blends lemon and orange with a pinch of strawberry and peach to make a delightfully refreshing, flavorful tonic wonderful for when you have those emotional blues or just want a cup of something calm and restorative.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Orange Spice from PaperBoxGoodies. . . .

One of my favorite things with the cold weather is being able to add spice to everything: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, the more the merrier!  One of the best partners to all this spice, is juicy orange and citrus flavors. I love the idea of decorating my home with clove-studded oranges for the holidays to release their sweet and spicy aromas throughout the house.  Not to mention, a nice slice of orange is the perfect garnish for a chai-based hot-toddy, with honey and lemon.

These are all the delicious orange and spice combinations I think of when brewing a cup of Orange Spice from PaperBoxGoodies.  I’m not entirely sure what all is in this brew, since it’s not currently active on the PBG Etsy shop, but I believe it is an herbal blend from its amber color and sweet taste.

The best part of this blend is that the dry leaf does not contain hibiscus, so the tangy, pink herb can’t take over the blend.  The orange is the main ingredient, adding plenty of sweet and tart flavor.  This fruity, juiciness is balanced by a large helping of cinnamon, adding its warm, herbal tones.  I think I see bits of ginger in the dry leaf, but the flavor is very gentle in the actual brew.

Juicy orange is the main flavor, closely followed by warm cinnamon.  Neither ingredient gets too tart or too spicy, and they don’t overpower each other.  It’s hard to go wrong with a classic taste combination like orange and cinnamon, so support a special tea Etsy shop and give one of the PaperBoxGoodies teas a try today.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: PaperBoxGoodies Etsy shop

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Holiday Tea Alert! Holiday Tea from Harney & Sons!

The holidays have begun. Christmas music has begun creeping into the edges of our collective unconscious. I haven’t yet heard the dreaded “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, but it’s only a matter of time.

During the holiday season, Michaels (the craft store) gets a smell. A distinct scent. I don’t know if there’s some “holiday smell” that they’re pumping in. Maybe it’s like Abercrombie & Fitch, where they dump perfume through the vents.
If you’re not familiar with that smell, and don’t have a local Michael’s, I will attempt to describe it to you as gingerbread-y. It has a chai-and-clove, spice-and-sugar vibe. It’s a delicate balance of every gingerbread house and Christmas cookie tray you’ve ever eaten. It feels like something your grandma made.
When you smell it, you have a manic desire to make your very own from-scratch Martha Stewart holiday for yourself. You do not sleep for days, considering how gold-foil could best be used in an array of handmade ornaments.
Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons is Christmas music and that smell stirred together into one kit-and-kaboodle. It’s like they ground down Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer’s very essence for you to boil and sip.
Maybe Harney & Sons’ murdering of Rudolph to make this tea was an act of vengeance.
Maybe it was Grandma Harney that was run over by a reindeer.
I smell a conspiracy.

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Flavored Black Tea
Where to Buy: Harney & Sons
Description

Holiday Tea – spiced with citrus, almond, clove and cinnamon – has become a year-round favorite black tea. Delicious hot or iced, it’s a wonderful addition to a holiday table, served piping hot on a cold winter morning, or anytime you crave a holiday-inspired brew. Kosher

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Winter Wonderland Tea from Shanti Tea

Winter WonderlandTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black Tea

Where to Buy: Shanti Tea

Tea Description:

Creamy, spicy, warming with a hint of vanilla and a malty tea base

Ingredients: Black tea, orange peel, clove, cinnamon, ginger root, cornflowers, chrysanthemum petals, natural essences

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Not only is Winter Wonderland Tea from Shanti Tea one of my favorite teas this time of year but I also enjoy it year-round for the delightful quality and taste, too!

The black tea base is of medium strength and combined well with orange peel, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and a variety of flower petals.  It’s pleasing the palate and the eye!  My favorite part of this flavor combo is the orange.  The spices are just an added plus.  This is warming for the heart and soul and is perfect for sharing with friends when the holiday chill is about.  It has a bit of creaminess, spiciness, and malt to it.  I’m curious what this would taste like with the addition of a speck of mint.  Regardless…Winter Wonderland Tea from Shanti Tea is certainly for me!  Could it be for you, too?  I wouldn’t be surprised.

Eggnog Honeybush Blend from 52Teas

EggnogHoneybushTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tisane Description:

So every year at about this time, I start to get upset that I didn’t get more eggnog while it was in the stores.  Please tell me:  why on earth do they only carry eggnog just before Christmas?  I would really like to know.  It’s too delicious not to be able to get it at other times.

So, this is not the same at all, but it’s a pretty darn good substitution if you ask me.  I’ve blended our caffeine-free honeybush with cinnamon chips and some amazing organic eggnog flavors, even a bit of bourbon and brandy flavors tossed in for good measure.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

When this Eggnog Honeybush Blend was announced as the “Tea of the Week” for January 13, I found myself thinking that honeybush would be the perfect base for eggnog flavors.  The sweet, nutty notes of honeybush would marry nicely with the creamy, custard-y notes of eggnog.

And this is pretty good!  Freshly poured and piping hot, the flavors are kind of muddled, but, after a few minutes of cooling time, I found the flavors really popped.  I can now taste creamy vanilla notes, and an egg-y, custard-y sort of flavor that is really yummy.

The honeybush is indeed the right pairing for the eggnog flavors.  The natural flavors and sweetness of the honeybush work well with the flavors of eggnog as well as the bourbon and brandy notes.  The flavor of the “spirits” here aren’t too strong, tasting as though just a drizzle of booze was added to my glass of eggnog (or perhaps I should say my cup of warm eggnog!)

I am glad that the cinnamon notes here are subtle.  Too much cinnamon and this would have lost it’s “eggnog-y” taste, I think.  However, as I read the above description, I couldn’t help but think that it would be even better with nutmeg.  Nutmeg is my favorite spice, and I add it to almost everything.  And on the very rare occasion that I do have a glass of eggnog (very rare – we’re talking less than once a year – probably closer to once every three years) I always take out a nutmeg nut and grind some fresh nutmeg on top of my eggnog.

So, just to satisfy my own palate because I think it might have been missing the nutmeg, I poured myself a second cup of this Eggnog Honeybush and shaved a little bit of fresh nutmeg over my cup and stirred it and then added a splash of almond milk to the cup.  YUM!  This is the way to serve this tisane.  It’s so good!