Holiday Spice from English Tea Store

You’ve probably noticed that I missed posting a final holiday tea blend on the 25th. That’s because we were out of town from the 22nd until late the 25th. After getting a late start back home and driving for several hours, the last thing I wanted to do was to sit at the computer and try to gather my thoughts about anything. Not to despair though because we celebrate Christmas for 12 days, so I’m still within the Christmas timeframe, at least from our point of view. If you want to read about our 12 Days of Christmas celebration you can go here and amuse yourself. It’s kind of a long read because I’m a very thorough explainer of anything and everything that I feel the need to explain. So, before you go there, grab yourself a cup of tea and a cookie or two. And please, ignore any shift in tenses that you might find. This is not English 101.

The selection of tea I’d like to share with you now was one I purchased for the last holiday season from English Tea Store. Thankfully, this selection is available year round so if this review tweaks your interest you can easily purchase some for yourself. If you’re not sure you’ll like this selection then start with their five bag sampler that is currently being offered for just $1.11. I think though that you will be going back for more.
Pic-ETS Tea-Holiday Spice
I purchased the 25 bag tin as we live in a humid climate and tins of tea are better than boxes of tea for that reason. As you can see, it’s just a plain silver tin with printed labels attached. The label on my tin says “New Improved Flavor!” but since this was my first time to try this tea I had nothing with which to compare it. The teabags are round and said to be in the English style with no strings or tags. That was a new bit of information for me as I didn’t realize that English teabags and teabags of other origins differed in these details. They also claimed to be 50% larger, containing 0.1 ounce of tea. With that claim in mind, I used just one bag for my two-cup teapot. Both cups of tea were lovely and neither was weakened by the additional amount of water used with only one teabag. I only point this out because I tend to put two teabags in my little teapot, pour out one into my cup after it’s steeped, and then refill the pot. This gives me three cups of tea with which to start, or end, my day.

According to the label on the top of the tin, this blend is a “fine quality black tea with cinnamon and orange natural flavors and spices.” The only other spice noted on the English Tea Store’s website is cloves. The tea has a very nice spicy aroma but is not overbearing, nor is the flavour. Each flavour is a nice mix, not too strong, not too weak. By that I mean you can taste each one but no one flavour overpowers the other. I sweetened my tea with a teaspoon of local honey which added to the richness and enhanced the flavour. I’ve learned the hard way though to keep stirring my tea from time to time when using honey, otherwise it sinks to the bottom of the cup and the last couple of sips are way too sweet, even for me.

Forgive me for stating the obvious here, but this is the last holiday tea post for the 2019 year. Tomorrow starts both a New Year as well as National Hot Tea Month. It will also begin a new endeavour on my part which is to review a different tea every day both here and on a new blog site, Hooked on Tea, that I’m setting up. I will double post to both sites for a while and then split them up again so that those interested only in quilting won’t have to endure information about tea things and vice versa. This new site might not be visible for a few days, but I will definitely let you know when it is. I’m not completely sure what direction the new blog will take or what all I will include, but I hope to make it one for sharing both my love of tea and the accoutrements that go along with it, of which I have collected a lot over the years. Until tomorrow…Happy New Year!

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Photo Credit: English Tea Store

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