Written by your resident Tea fanatic:
Is there anything better on a cold, snowy or rainy day than curling up with a book, a blanket (maybe a dog) and a warm mug of tea? Knowing how cold it is outside and contrasting that with your own warmth brings a special kind of comfort. Before you find yourself on such a day, short of cozy teas for the season, stock up on our holiday teas.
Our classic Holiday tea is a rich, black tea with chocolate, mint and raspberry flavors. It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Pink bits of dried raspberry mixed with flakes of dried green mint give this tea a gorgeous holiday appearance, especially when stored in a glass jar like our Holiday Tea Apothecary Jar.
Serve Jingle Bell tea instead of coffee after dinner or try it with dessert! The light floral flavor of rose balances the richness of the coffee flavoring, while sharp peppermint accents this festive tea. A dash of stevia leaves sweetens the deal.
I simply adore Egg Nog Tea, but then I’m a sucker for anything with nutmeg in it. The sumptuous flavor of egg nog combined with the familiar flavor of black tea is a match made in heaven. I always have a tin of this tea in my pantry during the winter.
Let’s not forget the Pumpkin Pie spiced tea! If you’re a fan of Pumpkin Spice lattes, then this is the holiday tea for you. Cinnamon and ginger blended together with the subtle flavor of pumpkin make this black tea taste surprisingly like its namesake.
So far, all the teas I’ve described have been caffeinated, but don’t fret if you’re avoiding caffeine. You can still enjoy a night-time cuppa. Our Gingerbread tea is made with African RedBush (Rooibos) tea, a caffeine-free tea alternative with a slightly sweet malty flavor. Combine that with granulated ginger and cinnamon chips and you’ve got one merry tea. If you pay attention, you may notice a hint of vanilla, too.
All of these are available in convenient 1 oz packages and make excellent stocking-stuffers for the nice members of your family (Hot Toddy’s seem appropriate for the naughty ones). With such a variety of teas, I hope one of them will steal your heart this holiday season. (Holiday teas are also available in bulk.)
Egg Nog – black tea, nutmeg, cinnamon, egg nog flavor
Gingerbread – redbush (rooibos), ginger, cinnamon, gingerbread flavor, vanilla
Holiday – chocolate-mint black tea, raspberry black tea, dried raspberries, mint leaves
Jingle Bell – black tea, rosebuds, peppermint, stevia, coffee creme flavor
Pumpkin Pie – black tea, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie flavor