This green Christmas tea is a blend of Chinese green teas flavored with orange, almond, vanilla and spices.
Leaf Type: Green (flavored)
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Water Temp: 75°C - 80°C (167°F - 176°F)
Steep Time: 3-4 minutes
It's less than two days before Christmas and I still haven't managed to drum up any holiday spirit. I blame this stupid cold that keeps hanging on, it's zapped every last ounce of energy from me. This week I've barely managed to climb out of bed long enough to put on clean PJs and make a cup of hot tea before my energy is gone and I'm burrowing back under the covers for another nap.
My toddler is loving all the extra vacation time, he hasn't been forced to learn anything remotely educational all week. He's planted himself firmly in front of the TV to watch endless episodes of Batman (a huge no when mom is fully functionally) and nibble on boxes of pita chips not accompanied by anything remotely healthy (like hummus.) He's even managed to escape having to take off the new PJs he got on Yule. They quickly became his new favorite thing to wear, but on the third day of wearing them his dad put this foot down and said it was time for something else. You can imagine the temper tantrum that sparked.
Even though I'm not really feeling well enough to celebrate the holiday season, or even well enough to have a splash of egg nog with my bourbon, I have pulled out all of my delicious holiday teas. Today's tea, Christmas Green Tea (Thé vert Rois Mages) from Kusmi Tea - Paris, is a blend of Chinese green teas that is flavored with vanilla, almond, orange, and spices with a sprinkle of rose petals thrown in for good measure. Once steeped, the tea is rich and creamy, very lightly spiced, and tastes like marzipan. There is the barest hint of sweet orange that comes out now and then. Orange can easily overpower the more delicate flavors in a blend. I love that it is noticeable, but not a dominant flavor. It lets the more delicate flavors, such as the rose petals, shine through. While the flavors of this tea may not evoke holiday memories for everyone, it tastes exactly like the orange blossom butter cookies my friend's mother made every Christmas. I haven't thought about those cookies in years.
Happy Holidays everyone! I'll try and fit in a food post before I leave to visit with my family on Saturday, but if not, I'll be back and ready to bring you more tasty treats in the new year. Hopefully by then I'll be over this cold!
My Rating: 92/100
Would I order this again? Yes. This is everything I'm looking for in a Christmas tea, it's such a shame it's no longer listed on the Kusmi US website.