Holiday Pudding

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Figs, Nutmeg, Organic Allspice, Organic Black Tea, Organic Cinnamon Pieces, Organic Cloves, Organic Ginger, Organic Natural Flavors (Vegan)
Flavors
Citrus, Clove, Cream, Fruity, Spices, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Organic, Vegan
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 oz / 350 ml

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  • “Lately I’ve been working through a large package of a white chai, but this morning I was really more in the mood for a black tea and pulled this one out. The smell in the package is lovely… it...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The first time I had this, it didn’t make too much of an impression, so I’m trying it again with some extra leaf this time. The flavoring is a little non-specific, but it still tastes nice. I get...” Read full tasting note
    75
  • “(52teas (Anne) 2022: 22) Another unfortunate case of tea confusion; I couldn’t tell this one apart from Pumpkin Cheesecake Chai. In fact, I don’t even really have much to say about it as I didn’t...” Read full tasting note
  • “I was inspired by the idea of a traditional English Christmas Pudding (dessert? In this case, I was thinking along the lines of a dense, fruit filled spice cake) & traditional American Pudding...” Read full tasting note

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Tea of the Week for November 29, 2021!

I’m glad I made this tea for November’s box because this is the tea I’m setting out for Santa this year!

There is something about this tea. The first time I taste tested it – it was so good that I had finished it off before I had a chance to write about it. The second time, I was able to start writing about it but I found it so difficult to actually describe. Now, mind you, I’ve been writing about teas for well over a decade at this point, closer to two decades – so it is a rare thing when I find it difficult to write about a tea.

So, here I am, with my third cup of this tea – trying to come up with words for it. It is so lovely – sweet & creamy. Hints of spice. Notes of fig & date. I’ve never actually had a traditional English Christmas Pudding before, so the recipe I used to create this was based on what I thought a Traditional English Christmas Pudding should taste like.

Based on the photos I’ve seen & the recipes I’ve found online for Traditional English Christmas Pudding – it would seem that it’s much more like what a cake would be here in the states. Like a dense, dark, rich, moist rum cake that’s studded with fruit rather than what we here in the states would think of as a pudding (that is, the creamy, custard-like confection that is made of milk and eggs.)

When I crafted this tea, I decided to combine these two dessert-y ideas together: the dense cake plus the creamy confection that we call pudding here in the states. Imagine a love child of the cake & the creamy custard-like stuff.

I started with a black tea base of Yunnan, Assam, Ceylon & Vietnamese teas. Then I added vanilla bean & some spices (Cinnamon, Ginger, Allspice, nutmeg & cloves). Next came some Holiday Pudding-ish fruits: figs & dates. Finally, I added a touch of essence to create a very special holiday pudding taste – based on what I think a holiday pudding should taste like. It’s sweet. It’s a little warm & spicy. There’s some creaminess to it – as well as some cake-y notes to it. It’s very pleasing to the nose as well as the palate. It’s vegan, organic, gluten-free & allergen-free – as well as all natural!

organic ingredients: black teas, dates, figs, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, calendula petals & natural flavors

to brew: be sure to give the pouch a gentle but thorough shake to redistribute the ingredients. There’s a lot going on with this tea & you want the ingredients to be well distributed when you measure it out. use 3 ½ grams of tea to 12oz of nearly boiling water (205°F) & steep for 3 minutes. strain & allow to cool for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

If you’re wondering why you need 3 ½ grams for this tea (rather than the usual 3) – it’s because there are a lot of heavier ingredients in this tea. The spices contribute to the weight, but so do the thinly chopped pieces of date & fig. This is why it’s also important to shake the tea, because you want a measurement that has some of the fruit in it – but also some of the black tea!

I have tried this with & without sweetener. I like it a little more with a teensy bit of sugar – because it adds a little something to the spices. It also brings out some of the creamy vanilla notes a little more than without sweetener.

I also LOVE this with a little splash of cream. (I use the barista blend oat milk from Califia Farms) so if you like to go latte with your black teas – this is one that I highly recommend for that!

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Lately I’ve been working through a large package of a white chai, but this morning I was really more in the mood for a black tea and pulled this one out. The smell in the package is lovely… it really does give a strong “holiday spice” vibe and the fig adds a sweet fruitiness to the aroma.

The steeped aroma is similar, though there is something a little citrusy about it, despite no citrus in the blend. The flavor is very warm and cozy… the spices are gentle, and I think the citrusy note I’m getting is from the clove, which has a nice aftertaste. The flavor overall reminds me a lot of the “Tea and Scones” blend, just less grapey, and I think that’s because dates, figs, and raisins all sort of hit the same “sweet and fruity” notes to me. Perhaps just a hint of something reminescent of vanilla or cream. It’s a nicely balanced chai between warming spices and gentle sweetness.

Flavors: Citrus, Clove, Cream, Fruity, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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The first time I had this, it didn’t make too much of an impression, so I’m trying it again with some extra leaf this time. The flavoring is a little non-specific, but it still tastes nice. I get some really mild spices, and the black tea is pretty mild too, but pleasant. It’s not one I’m in a hurry to have again, but I enjoyed it.

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 22)

Another unfortunate case of tea confusion; I couldn’t tell this one apart from Pumpkin Cheesecake Chai. In fact, I don’t even really have much to say about it as I didn’t taste much at all aside from kind of a vague spiced fruitiness (which was similar in the pumpkin tea, obviously). Will pay more attention and revisit later.

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I was inspired by the idea of a traditional English Christmas Pudding (dessert? In this case, I was thinking along the lines of a dense, fruit filled spice cake) & traditional American Pudding (you know, like a custard). I took these two ideas & put them into one tea. You get the fruit notes of date, figs & a hint of orange, you get some spice notes & you get a creamy, custardy note. It’s really tasty & as I mentioned in my description of this tea, this is the tea I’m putting out for Santa this year. (Because FYI: Santa prefers tea to milk. Anything contrary to this fact that you may have heard is propaganda spread by the dairy industry. That said, this tea does make a pretty nice latte & I’ve not been paid by the dairy industry to say that.)

I really love how this tea turned out. It has a lovely combination of fig, date & orange notes with just the right spice note. Slightly creamy. Slightly cake-y. Just – TASTY!

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