Winter Wonderland Rooibos

Tea type
Rooibos Tea
Ingredients
Blue Cornflowers, Flavor, Green Rooibos, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Cinnamon Pieces
Flavors
Butter, Cinnamon, Cookie, Creamy, Nuts, Sweet, White Chocolate, Cocoa, Ginger, Cacao
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
Kosher
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 15 oz / 449 ml

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  • “I got this one in my swap with AliceG. The bag says Tea Runners, but it looks like they source a lot of their teas from Simpson & Vail, including this favorite of mine. Last time, I called it a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Simpson & Vail Advent Calendar – Day 24 (originally written November 24th) The very last one from my November tea advent calendars! Hopefully this is a decent one to end on – I have enjoyed...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This somehow reminds me of gingerbread. I really like the flavor of this one. It’s sweet and dessert-y without being over the top. The green rooibos works well – there’s enough of a backbone...” Read full tasting note
    80
  • “I’m glad the description for this tea says “delicious in every season” because I’m reviewing it in summer. Here we have a rare green rooibos base with plenty of flavors that when thrown together...” Read full tasting note
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From Simpson & Vail

“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland…”

A wonderful blend of green rooibos with cacao and cinnamon and flavored with Bavarian chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnuts. When we sampled this in our store we heard “Best rooibos ever!”, “A new favorite”, “Great everyday tea”. It brews to a golden cup with the delicious aroma and taste of cinnamon baked goodies (we were reminded of apple fritters). Smooth and warming, this blend has the more pronounced taste of cinnamon and hazelnuts, while the Bavarian chocolate is an underlying taste that rounds out the other flavors. Delicious in every season!

Ingredients: Organic green rooibos, organic cacao nibs, organic cinnamon pieces, flavoring, and blue cornflower petals.

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 5 minutes.

Caffeine Free
Certified Kosher

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9 Tasting Notes

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I got this one in my swap with AliceG. The bag says Tea Runners, but it looks like they source a lot of their teas from Simpson & Vail, including this favorite of mine. Last time, I called it a weaker version of their snickerdoodle flavor. I’d like to issue an apology. The more I have of this tea, the more I see that it stands on its own. What a tasty, spiced, baked flavor. This is one that I savor each mouthful of. I probably still prefer snickerdoodle, but I’m really enjoying this one.
S&V is having a 15% off sale, but I sadly don’t have room in my cupboard right now. Looking forward to restocking some favorites this winter.

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Simpson & Vail Advent Calendar – Day 24

(originally written November 24th)

The very last one from my November tea advent calendars! Hopefully this is a decent one to end on – I have enjoyed S&V’s green rooibos blends thus far, so that bodes well.

This is reminding me a bit of snickerdoodles. It has a nice buttery cookie flavor going on, maybe with a bit of white chocolate in there as well. The spicing is light and sweet, just a touch of warming cinnamon. There’s also some rich nuttiness that reminds me of macadamias or cashews.

This is a tasty dessert-y option for the evening. I may consider this one when I order some other green rooibos blends from Simpson & Vail…

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Cookie, Creamy, Nuts, Sweet, White Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This somehow reminds me of gingerbread. I really like the flavor of this one. It’s sweet and dessert-y without being over the top. The green rooibos works well – there’s enough of a backbone without making it woody like red would do.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m glad the description for this tea says “delicious in every season” because I’m reviewing it in summer. Here we have a rare green rooibos base with plenty of flavors that when thrown together are delicious. Simpson and Vail says this blend has: cacao and cinnamon and flavored with Bavarian chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnuts. (There are also pretty flowers that make the blend look fantastic.) I love these late night dessert blends….even if I have them with dessert anyway. To be fair, this tea was purchased a few months ago in January, and though S&V does an amazing of keeping their teas fresh, I DID purchase this after the holidays. Of course, this tea would taste even more amazing fresh. As is, this has plenty of flavor, being a true dessert tea. With the cinnamon, it does remind me of S&V’s Snickerdoodle tea which I love. I’m not tasting much chocolate, which adding cocoa shells to the blend would remedy. Maybe just hints of the other flavors. It’s good to have a change with green rooibos once in a while. When I hear Winter Wonderland, for some reason I’m thinking marshmallow. It would have been fun to have marshmallows thrown into this crazy blend. Let’s have ALL the flavors!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

gmathis

There are a few teas that are stout enough to accommodate marshmallows. Let’s research that further when the weather changes!

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It’s cold and windy and rainy and TBH I’m semi-irrationally scared that the wind will blow my air conditioner out of the window. Mostly I am perturbed by the eerie noises that the wind is making and the fact that some of it is getting through the a/c. So, like any good Steepsterite, I reached for a comforting cuppa. Phi first exposed me to this tea when she sent me a sample (thanks, friend!). Then there was an ounce of this in our gift bags at the Philly Coffee & Tea Fest. I am trying to enjoy rather than hoard it but it’s SO GOOD and I don’t want to run out. It basically tastes like a cinnamon oatmeal cookie. This tea is just wintry comfort in a cup. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put in some earplugs, curl up under a blanket, and try to sleep through (hopefully) the worst of this storm.

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This is a flavorful blend of cacao and cinnamon with green rooibos. The chocolate and cinnamon notes are really strong. The rooibos a little bit in the background. This is an excellent tea to drink at this hour when I can’t have what I really want because of the caffeine.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Flavors: Cacao, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I had a lot of fun trying out this tea. It’s a caffeine-free and guilt-free way to enjoy one of my favorite treats of the holiday season: My grandmother’s stollen, a sweet bread with raisins and cinnamon, topped with white icing that’s decorated with candied fruits and nuts. This rooibos does an excellent job of capturing those flavors… and makes me want to go bake the real thing, too!

You can see pictures here:
http://wordsabouttea.blogspot.com/2014/12/winter-wonderland-rooibos-by-simpson.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Awesome that your grandma makes stollen! I’ve always wanted to learn.

TeaBrat

this sounds good!

wheezybee

Let me know if you’d like a copy of her recipe. It would be easy to scan and send.

Fjellrev

Really? That would be awesome if it won’t be a huge bother! I love the idea of using family recipes.

Cameron B.

Count me in for the recipe, sounds fantastic! :D

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