The lovely Ninja over at Tea With Ninja, fresh from a fabulous Choose Your Own Adventure Nano success, has set herself a new challenge: blogging about her tea advent calendar!
A few years back I bought myself one of those fill-your-own advent calendars (sadly still in its very unpainted form; one day!). Even more sadly, I’ve been pretty under-awed by the size of the drawers (snigger). I’d originally planned a mini treat for each day: choc, drink, facemask on weekends, that kind of thing. Alas, it takes a small chocolate and not much else.
But hey – I have an advent calendar, and I have tea (* like Ninja, I don’t think of most of these as real ‘tea’), albeit not in the actual calendar. Pfft, close enough – of course I’m going to join the tea tasting challenge! 🙂
First up, then, after much much waffle (me all over!) was one from my lovely birthday gift of a ‘Pick and Mix’ selection from Teapigs. There are a few I haven’t tried yet, so great way to add to the 12 (x2) in the Offblak sample pack I bought specially for the season (and calendar they don’t fit into. Pfft).
One I’d been purposefully waiting to try was this Spiced Winter red – or rooibos – tea. The blurb says:
“Tea with trimmings: We’ve captured the best bits of winter in a cup. Mulled wine and mistletoe. Winter coats and rosy cheeks. Log fires, happy cats and old movies on the telly. Tea and warming spices. A blend of orange peel, cinnamon and cloves on a rooibos tea base – perfect on a crisp frosty day or with brandy at bedtime (drink responsibly!).”
To be honest, that all sounds like wishful thinking. I found it very mildly ‘spiced’, a hint of something pleasant enough but didn’t really invoke huge seasonal feelings for me in any way. I wasn’t really tempted to try it with milk.
Still, I’d drink it again – which is useful given there’s another bag in the box!
I’ve never been a fan of starting the festive season too early, but this year feels different (maybe because I haven’t had over a month already of fake cheer shoved in my face every time I go near a shop?). The tree is up – on the first!! – and I’ll start to decorate it over the week. Maybe I’ll sit beside the twinkling lights and semi-meditate over a new type of ‘tea’ each day – sounds like rather a lovely new tradition! 🙂