Advent Tea 23: Gingerbread Cookie

Days 22 and 23 of the #24daysoftea

Days 22 and 23 of the #24daysoftea

Second last day of the tea calendar! Today’s tea gingerbread cookie was the only tea (I think) in the calendar marked as “stimulant” and is a mix of rooibos and green rooibos.  It has flavors of cinnamon, pineapple, ginger, and maple.  Despite all the sweet ingredients the rooibos taste of the tea holds up well. And I thankfully really didn’t taste any pineapple in the tea.

The smell of the brewed tea reminds me of the very distinct smell of the Old Stanton Stores that were once prolific in the area I grew up in.  I’m not exactly sure what that smell is, but it’s comforting.

If you’re in the midst of getting in the Christmas mood check out The Small Glories rendition of The Huron Carol.  Cara Luft and JD Edwards are awesome and this is a great version of the classic holiday tune. Cara also annually does a video of a Christmas tune — typically played on the banjo. Her 2014 carol, “Unto Us A Child is Given” can be seen here.

Advent Tea 9: Organic Cinnamon Rooibos Chai Tea

Today’s tea was the first rooibos tea featured in the advent calendar of tea.  The name of the tea is a very apt description of the ingredients: rooibos, cinnamon, and apple.  Simple with few additives. The dry tea has a beautiful rusty colour to it and when steeped the tea smells faintly of cinnamon.   It’s caffeine free so didn’t provide a morning pick me up but was a tasty warm beverage.

I liked that the cinnamon wasn’t overpowering in this blend.  But I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t really have the flavour that I normally associated with chai.  It’s good just not what I was expecting.