Tea Time with Jen: Winter 2014

Hello, fellow tea lovers!  As winter comes to its official close (next week!) I thought I would share what teas I’ve been enjoying this season.

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I received the Teavana Holiday Favorites Gift Set (not pictured and no longer available as a set although some of the teas are available individually) as a Christmas gift and thoroughly enjoyed each of the four 2-ounce packages of festive loose leaf teas it included.  In fact, that set was mostly what I drank for all of January and part of February until I ran out!  It included four blends: Orange Chocolate Sweet Spice (herbal infusion), Spiced Apple Cider (flavored rooibos), Pumpkin Spice Brulée (flavored oolong),  and White Chocolate Peppermint (flavored rooibos), my personal favorite of the four.  These blends were the perfect winter compliments!

I’ve more recently been enjoying a couple of other teas I had on hand in my collection.  I am still absolutely in love with the Numi Moroccan Mint.  It is the perfect nighttime tea for me, with a wonderful sweetness and the calming effects of mint.  For a morning cup, I look forward to the Paromi Tea Cinnamon Chai.  I had picked this up at my local Whole Foods last fall after sampling a bit in store.  It is a rooibos chai blend, so it is caffeine-free, but still packs the spiced punch of chai (which is traditionally a black tea).  I love the focus on cinnamon, as well.  The tea has a nice natural sweetness to it and is so warming on a chilly morning.

I love honey in my tea and have been smitten with Stakich Royal Jelly Enriched Raw Honey for months now.  I love raw honey and especially a more creamy formula.  This local brand provides the perfect spoonful to swirl into a hot cup of tea.

OJ|TBBB 03-13-2014_02The other teas I have been drinking in the past month and a half are from Tealeaves.  One of the perks of being vocal about your great love of tea is that sometimes people decide to send you some!  Tealeaves reached out to me at the beginning of the year and asked if they could send me some of their quality loose leaf blends.  I had heard of the brand before from seeing it offered in hotels, restaurants, and spas I’ve frequented over the years.  I thought they were just a commercial provider as I’ve never seen their teas sold in stores, but you can purchase directly from their website.  They very kindly sent me three blends.  Mocha Spice is “an ideal java substitute” herbal tea for coffee lovers out there.  It tastes just like a spiced mocha to me, especially with a bit of honey and a drop of milk mixed in.  Old Blue Eyes is an herbal blend of the warmer flavors of “sweet vanilla and warm caramel” mixed with the fresher flavors of fruits and herbs.  It is a delightfully lighthearted tea that is perfect for an afternoon cup.  My personal favorite of the three they sent is Namaste, which is described as “minty, sweet, with subtle creamy, vanilla finish.”  Apparently I really love rooibos and mint mixed together, especially when there is an additional sweet note such as vanilla (or white chocolate as in the case of the aforementioned Teavana tea).  These quality teas are both beautiful and unique and I have been greatly enjoying them.  I also very much like the packaging of the Tealeaves tins, which offers a double lid to ensure freshness.

Image sources can be found at included products links.

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The other perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea other than honey is a great mug.  I am very fortunate to now have two of the highly coveted Emma Bridgewater mugs in my collection.  Don gifted me with the beautiful Big Love mug (on the left) for Christmas after listening to me fawn over them online for months.  A viewer very kindly sent me the Hearts mug last month.  I am one lucky duck!  I’ve been drinking tea almost exclusively in these two mugs this entire season!  They are absolutely beautifully crafted, high quality ceramic pieces that feel so nice in hand.  I can’t speak any more highly of a mug!

Check out my coordinating video to hear more of my thoughts on these teas:

Tealeaves also sent me one their tea samplers and I thought it would be nice to share it with one of you.  The Tea Time Winter Giveaway will run until Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  The winner will receive both the Tealeaves 8 Whole Leaf Pyramid Teabag Sampler and Bee Mug pictured below:

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You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways).   I’ll announce the  winner on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always.  Good luck!

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Congrats to Lorraine L. on being selected as the winner of the Tea Time Winter Giveaway!

The Poll Results for *What’s your favorite kind of tea?* out of 1102 entries:

Black (344) 31%
Herbal (319) 29%
Green (260) 24%
Rooibos (119) 11%
Oolong (52) 5%
I don’t like tea (8) 1%

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I would love to know what your favorite cup of tea is lately if you care to share :)

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* Post contains affiliate links.  This is not a sponsored post. Tealeaves very kindly sent me the teas I shared in this post, including the one I am giving away, with a clear understanding that in doing so they would not expect a review or mention from me unless I genuinely wanted to share.  All other products shown were either purchased by me or given as gifts.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *

31 comments

31 thoughts on “Tea Time with Jen: Winter 2014”

  1. I’m a huge fan of Peachberry jasmine sutra mixed with another green tea. Mostly green with a hint if fruitiness. Just in time for spring.

  2. I love tea! I grew up with a grandma who brewed tea every morning and afternoon…it was so good! I have never been able to brew the same taste as hers though! Thank you for sharing your teas and I will be on the watch for them.

  3. Hi Jen,
    I enjoyed your video. thanks for the tips and observations. I love tea, here in Seattle we have a wonderful tea shop called Market Spice, they have a huge selection of tea. loose leaf, in bags they have all different flavors and you can buy it by the ounce or prepackaged. right now my favorite is their signature Market Spice blend, it’s perfect for transitioning from winter to spring as it is still a little chilly but it is orange – cinnamon with natural sweetness and no added sugar. it is great plain or with honey.
    Hugs,
    Sonia

  4. At bedtime I am very into sleepy time tea by celestial seasonings, the lemon jasmine is my favorite! I also found a passion berry loose leaf tea that is nice and fruity for spring coming, found at woodman’s!

  5. Great video – where do you buy the royal jelly/honey? I might need to add that to my collection! My favorite is the wintery sweet Tazo Cocoa Mint Mate with a hint of honey and a splash of almond milk. So delicious! 🙂

  6. I love tea very much and right now I am drinking paromi Tea chamomile lavender in the morning and paromi tea Sleep with me before bed. I get my tea at the Fresh Market

  7. I think my fave right now is a tie between my World Market Organic Chocolate Roasted Mate (definitely a nice coffee-ish taste & although it’s caffeine free, it gives you that ‘buzz’ that mate tea does without the crash from caffeine) and the Yogi Kava Stress Relief tea (I think it’s the blend of Cinnamon Bark and Licorice that keeps calling my name).

    Another favorite is a new one I found at my local health food store by Inca Tea called Pick Me Up Peach.. a rejunenating combo of white tea, lush peaches and sweet herbs. “Inca Tea is a privately held company specializing in exclusive teas derived from an ancient Incan recipe that uses antioxidant rich purple corn.” It tastes yummy and has health benefits galore, so I thought I’d give it a try after sampling it and I’m glad I did!

  8. I’m finally getting back into herbal teas, since I didn’t want to risk drinking it during pregnancy and with my babies. However, I love Moroccan mint tea, chai (redundant) lattes, and peach herbal teas of all kinds.

  9. I have been in the search of the perfect cocoa tea and haven’t found it yet. I have a ton of cocoa truffle from tea forte but I don’t care for it. I would love to try the white chocolate mint from the holiday sampler you mentioned. I drink a lot of tea at night and instead of messing with the microwave I heat up a kettle of water and then put it in this: http://www.amazon.com/Copco-Chloe-Thermal-Capacity-Carafe/dp/B000MAOOLE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394760148&sr=8-1&keywords=coffee+carafe The Copco Chloe 1 Quart Thermal Capacity Carafe. I can’t say enough good things about this carafe. My partner claims that it is the best purchase we have ever made. He loves to make french press coffee and store it in this for our dinner parties. We make it before guests arrive and it is still piping hot hours later. We have had hot drinks even 6 hours later. Ok, long winded but thought that would help with you reheating already brewed tea.

  10. Jen,
    Thanks for the video! I have recently gotten more into tea as well. This week I am in Miami for work and Teavana sucked me in, as we don’t have one where I live. That place is named so appropriately, like Nirvana for tea freaks (if a bit pricey)… Have you tried their Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Tea Blend? It is amazing, and I can’t wait to get it home this weekend to indulge 🙂
    Rebecca

  11. I just want to thank you for these tea videos. They are my favorite ones to watch! It is nice to hear your opinion on them before I buy them. I have to order all my tea online pretty much because I am from a tiny town that offers very little variety! I have been able to learn about different teas I might otherwise not have heard about 🙂

  12. Hi Jen,

    I love your Tea n Talk videos as well as the others but I have really been wanting to get more into tea and wondering where to start. I have drank hot or iced tea forever but I want to explore the wide world of tea available. I love Earl Grey and I have yet to find a spice or mint tea that I like even though I tried many. Thanks for the learning experiences.

  13. I am usually loyal to The Republic of Tea but I just might have to try Namaste and try putting honey in my tea. I usually drink hot tea with no added sweetness, but when I drink cold tea I prefer it really sweet.

    That being said, I have been drinking a lot of Tazo’s Passion tea lately and it is so delish on ice I find it doesn’t even need any added sweetness.

    Thanks for the reviews! Be blessed!

  14. Let’s see… I would say my favorite tea at the moment is called Fruit Sangria by adagio teas. It is an herbal tea. Always a favorite for me is the passion tea by Tazo. I just love tea!

  15. Hi Jen, my favorite tea is peppermint tea, so now I really have to try the tea you mention in your video. Thank you for sharing!!

  16. Hi Jen, what do you use to brew your tea. I am wanting to try some loose tea but not sure the best way to brew.
    Thanks

    1. I use a Breville One Touch Teamaker, which is a very fancy machine Don gave me for my birthday last year. Prior to that I had a variable temp electric water kettle & used the Teavana Perfect TeaMaker with great success.

  17. Right now, I’m enjoying Yogi Soothing Caramel tea before bedtime. Personally, I think the two Emma Bridgewater mugs from your videos are my two favs. I’m a sucker for cute mugs!

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