Holiday Blend from Tea of Life

This year has flown by to say the least. Even with just having hosted our fall Stitchin’ Camp weekend-before-last, I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that there are only two months left in this year. I can hear my mom telling me when I was a kid wishing for Christmas or my birthday to come not to wish my life away because it’d go by quickly enough when I got older. Boy, was she ever right.

Last month we spent a week in Gatlinburg, TN which isn’t too far up the road from here. We’re typically couch potatoes when we go there but do have a few haunts that we have to visit before the week ends. One of those haunts is the Lenox outlet in Sevierville, TN. This go-around my long-time friend, Beverly, came down from Fall Branch to spend a day with me while Rick went a bit further up the road to visit his parents. Rick’s very accommodating when shopping at the Lenox outlet, especially given that I need more china like I need another hole in my head, but getting to shop with Beverly was so much fun. I can’t tell you when the last time was that I shopped with another female, besides Victoria of course and we tend to do our shopping via photos taken with our phones depending on who is at a store and who is elsewhere.

Beverly and I met at Books-a-Million and had to buy books and magazines of course, not to mention snacks. She then surprised me with a visit to a nail salon. It was the first time I’d been to one since 1987. Talk about being out of my depth… Eventually, we made it to the Lenox outlet. I’m not sure her husband is going to ever let her go with me again though because she ended up buying a lot more than I did—a whole lot more. My goal was to find any and all of the holiday-themed cup and saucer sets they had in stock because I realized back at the first of the year when I started these Christmas tea posts that I didn’t have but a couple of sets that were Christmas themed. I wanted to correct that oversight on this trip. As for Beverly, I don’t think she expected to buy anything at all. Still, she ended up with several lovely pieces that I know she’ll enjoy using this holiday season.
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One of the sets that I chose isn’t really a set but go well enough together I think. The cup is from the Holiday Tartan group which, sadly, is no longer in production. I’ll find the correct saucer one of these days and may even buy a cup to go with the saucer you see here. This saucer is from the Winter Greetings Plaid group which was discontinued last year. Why did I not buy the cup that went with this saucer when I was at the shop? Because I really didn’t like the shape of the cup. It’s just a bit too round and squatty for my taste. I’m strange about a lot of things, and the shape of my teacup is one of them.
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So, now that you know where this cup and saucer set came from let’s talk about the tea in it. This selection was one of four that came in a large box which I purchased right after Christmas earlier this year from Tuesdays. When I found the box, on sale no less, I was hoping that the Holiday Blend inside would be the same as the Holiday Spice tea that I reviewed in March. Alas, it was not. This blend does have some of the same flavorings, but it is definitely not the same as the other blend. It’s quite good though, and I’ve enjoyed it on several 79FD263E-EDCD-4BDC-8E8D-DFE64A9C5020occasions even though it’s a bit heavy on the vanilla flavour side. The spices are there, but you really have to think about them in order to taste them. Of course, I added honey even though honey is one of the ingredients listed on the box. While one can have too much honey in one’s tea a little more than what was already included in the blend didn’t hurt it one bit. I think if anything it might just have added to the smoothness and flavour.
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If I run across this tea again this season I will definitely buy more. While there were 100 bags of tea in the box, there were only 25 bags of this flavour. I use two bags each time I make tea in my little teapot that I won from teadog.com several years ago, so that only gives me twelve full tea-times and one extra cup to enjoy. If you do the calculations, that’s only enough for once a month. It’s a good thing that I have enough tea in my stash to take care of all the other days in the month…and I keep buying more.

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