Christmas Ceylon from TranquiliTea & Herbs

In my last post I mentioned that we spent a week in Gatlinburg, TN back in September. When I go on vacation, I take along a large rectangular basket which holds three china cup and saucer sets, two two-cup teapots, a creamer, lots of tea options, a quart jar of local honey, Walkers shortbread cookies, etc. I even take a large tray that will accommodate everything for two people so I can move it from the kitchen to the balcony in one fell swoop. Am I a tea addict? No, I just hate to waste the opportunity to have a relaxing tea time while trying some new teas that I purchase and hold on to for such an occasion as vacation time. But, I’m also always on the lookout for more new-to-me teas when given the opportunity.

While I said we are couch potatoes for the most part when on vacation, we did get a bit more adventuresome this go around in hopes of finding a replacement for two of our regular food providers, one of which had changed ownership and the other, the kettle corn kiosk, which wasn’t open. While I didn’t really find a suitable replacement for the kettle corn, I did find a great tea store instead. TranquiliTea is located in the Mountain Mall at 611 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN. When I was there the tea store was in Suite F, but the lady behind the counter, who I took to be the owner, told me that she would be moving to Suite D. So, if you physically go to the Mountain Mall be sure to look at the shop directory in the lobby to get their current location. If you click on the link you will see a photo of the shop as it was when I visited. All those jars on the left side of the photo are different tea blends. There are just as many on the right side of the shop when you walk in, they’re just not visible in the photo. If I remember correctly, the teas are in alphabetical order which makes it pretty easy to find what you’re looking for if you have a specific preference in mind. You can order online, but I did not see the Christmas Ceylon listed when I did a search on their site. You may have to order by phone and ask for this blend specifically. I did see that they have a Winter Blend whose description sounds like something I’d enjoy.
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The Christmas Ceylon tea wasn’t actually on the shelf when I was there, but when I asked if they had any Christmas teas the owner produced a jar that she’d packaged but not yet put out. The loose tea came in a 4 oz. glass jar which I’m guessing can be refilled on future trips providing the blend is available. As you might expect, it has a limited production time since it is a Christmas tea. I enjoyed it so much though that I’d be more than happy to drink it at any time of the year. The label for Christmas Ceylon reads: Black tea (Ceylon) Natural Essence, Hand Processed Smoky Red Orange Pekoe, Smooth & Rare. The label includes the date that it was created and the date by which it is best used. I doubt seriously though that it will last until 2022.

When I unscrewed the lid I knew immediately that I was in for a treat. The smell was definitely that of a spicy Christmas tea. While it isn’t listed in the 3958A583-F125-42DB-84BF-1964E63E0303ingredients, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there is cinnamon as well as cloves in the mix, maybe even some nutmeg. I say this because I was reminded of the taste and smell produced by the spices I use when making pumpkin bread. Very warming, very comforting, very Christmasy. The tea itself didn’t taste like pumpkin bread though so don’t let my comparison confuse you. Having clarified that I’d have to say that the only thing that would have made my tea time better would have been to actually have some of my pumpkin bread to enjoy with my tea. Unfortunately, my recipe for pumpkin bread is definitely not Keto friendly, and I’m supposed to be eating a ketogenic diet (emphasis on the “supposed to be”). Neither is the honey with which I sweeten my tea, but we won’t beleaguer that point right now.

Bottom line…I would recommend this Christmas tea selection without hesitation. I look forward to going back to visit this shop again and try some of their other offerings. Alas, waiting until our return visit is not much different than waiting for Christmas to get here. It always takes too long to arrive and goes by all too quickly, but it does leave one with warm memories that last forever.

Update on two previous posts – Back in July, I mentioned having bought the 12 Days of Christmas gift box of teas from Harney & Sons. They have added this box to their sight and it is on sale! Great group of teas at a great price plus FREE shipping. Don’t miss out!

Last month I reviewed one of the teas from a variety box I’d purchased from Tuesdays at the beginning of this year. They have the same box of tea out this year, for $6.99, but under a different name. Last year it was by Tea of Life, this year it’s by Timothy’s. The graphics and tea blends are exactly the same. What I didn’t realize when I wrote the post last month was that the tea is packed and exported by Amazon Trading (PVT) Ltd. The one currently available at Tuesdays is also by Amazon Trading (PVT) Ltd. Click on the link to learn more about this company.

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