Lovely Friends, Lovely Tea

Aren’t friends wonderful?! I think so, and I’m very grateful to have some lovely friends who understand and indulge, some even facilitate, my passion for tea. Case in point – the tea I’m going to share with you today was a gift from a very dear friend, Beverly, who was actually my matron of honour when Rick and I married back in 1988.

Beverly has family in Florida and while on vacation picked up a couple of teas for me to try. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Knowing someone is thinking of you while on vacation, and visiting with family no less, gives one a warm and cozy feeling inside. I am so blessed.
This tea came from The Spice & Tea Exchange of Mount Dora. It’s kind of odd actually that I picked today out of the whole month of January to review one of the teas that she gifted me with from here because this shop was closed today for remodeling, according to their Facebook page. If you live in the vicinity, you might want to drop in and look over their newly remodeled tea bar. Wish I could do that, but it’s a bit of a drive from here to there, and I’m still babysitting.

Cinnamon Plum Herbal Tea is the blend that I’d like to tell you about now. The aroma that wafts out of the bag is amazing, absolutely amazing. It smells like a really good spice cake, or something along those lines. In other words, it’d be good enough to eat as is if it weren’t just tea leaves. Once steeped it still 3BBDC51A-9135-4274-9F69-702D3B294567smells spicy, but the colour of this tea is what will grab your attention. Red Velvet Cake was the first thing that I thought of when I saw the colour. It’s a very rich red colour that’s just lovely. What else is in this tea? The packet says it’s rich in currants, hibiscus, and has notes of cinnamon and licorice root, all of which are organic. It also includes natural plum flavouring. The resulting tea is warming and definitely qualifies as a dessert tea. Thankfully, it’s caffeine free so having it later in the afternoon isn’t a problem. The flexibility of this blend is a plus. If you like mulled cider or wine, you can use this blend for that purpose as well.

I greatly enjoyed this tea and will hate to run out of it. Part of me would like to just put it in a nice little bowl so I can smell it all the time. That would be a waste of good tea though, so I’ll just satisfy myself with a sniff every now and then when making a cup isn’t convenient. It’s a good thing that sniffing tea isn’t illegal in the privacy of your own home. Otherwise…

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