2021 sipdown no. 37
This tastes like a chamomile jellybean! It is enjoyable, but a wee bit bizarre haha.
“2021 sipdown no. 37 This tastes like a chamomile jellybean! It is enjoyable, but a wee bit bizarre haha.” Read full tasting note
“Advent day 18 In a strange twist of events VaraiTEA also had this one today which seems weird to me given how random the days can be. I enjoyed this one but it was still in the more chamomile...” Read full tasting note
“CuppaGeek Advent Calendar – Day 18 The little package says “Spiced Fall Eve” but I am going to assume its this tea. This is an interesting one. It is definitely on the sweeter side. In fact, I...” Read full tasting note
“Happy mail! My Cuppa Geek advent calendar arrived today—-lovely little packets with stickers over the labels so every day can be a surprise! I cheated and de-stickered them, as I’m keeping some for...” Read full tasting note
Spiced Fall Evenings- A decaf version of a pumpkin chai with chamomile, marshmallow root and cinnamon chips added in for an added touch!
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Advent day 18
In a strange twist of events VaraiTEA also had this one today which seems weird to me given how random the days can be. I enjoyed this one but it was still in the more chamomile sense of things. I’ms tarting to feel like i need a bland basic chamomile tea for the winter that i can just add a little honey too :) some spices in this one to make it a little more interesting, but nothing overpowering
CuppaGeek Advent Calendar – Day 18
The little package says “Spiced Fall Eve” but I am going to assume its this tea. This is an interesting one. It is definitely on the sweeter side. In fact, I would say this is what I would have expected Sweet Pumpkin Chai to taste like. It’s got a sweet cinnamon/pumpkin flavor with a touch of ginger lingering in the aftertaste. I think the base also adds a honey-quality here. It’s nice and screams Fall to me.
Happy mail! My Cuppa Geek advent calendar arrived today—-lovely little packets with stickers over the labels so every day can be a surprise! I cheated and de-stickered them, as I’m keeping some for myself and sending the ones I’ve already tried as a Christmas box tuck-in for a friend. I won’t share spoilers, however, for those of you who are going through yours honestly.
Oh, my stars and garters, Spiced Fall Evenings was a perfect wind-down for Thanksgiving Eve. Everything that is good about pumpkins and apples and chai, with a very gentle creaminess that meshes it all together. Expertly blended.
I got 10 grams from derk, thank you and ashmanra maybe? Or not? I am again confused.
While I am writing those lines, Steepster is down again. Dashboard is stuck. I hope it will work correctly during Advent calendar period! And I can’t wait for my Advent calendar from this company. Based on tracking, it seems it’s in Chicago already! That means it could be delivered quite fast maybe?
Anyway, to the tea. I saw big chamomile buds in pouch and, well, I am not fan of chamomile. I actually dislike pure chamomile teas. But on the bottom there is something like rooibos? Something else than just chamomile? Sounds better.
I have opened the pouch. I notice maple? Apples? Spices? That indeed seems better!
The pouch weight is 10 grams. How much I should use? I have decided for half.
I brewed for 5 minutes and I immidiately start to inhale the aroma and felt cozy.
The taste is good to. Maybe the aroma hyped me maybe bit too much, because it’s mostly chamomile in tate. Yep, I know it is chamomile based blend, so what I was expecting, right? But beneath the chamomile, there is more. I am not really sure what is it, as there shouldn’t be any apples, but I think my mind is only playing with me because it reminds me rather apple-cinnamon blends that my mother loves and we had tried a several blends. I like the full-body flavour; it’s not watery at all. Actually rather thick.
Certainly cinnamon is present, some sweetness as well. Not that sure about pumpkin as label suggests, but I don’t mind :)
Oh well, an amazing tea for grey day as today with rain showers. I went to post-office to send few postcards (postcrossing) again. Two to US (east coast), Russia (far east part), Belarus and Germany. I didn’t mind the rain, I really needed to get out of my house as I am usually going to the store and back… only.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Maple, Spices
Smells and tastes like some autumn-themed Yankee Candle in the best of ways. Really. I’m getting a major hit of chamomile in the form of apple, not in the pollen-sweet way and certainly not dusty. Mildly sweet, plenty of cardamom, which in the case of cardamom means there is probably only a sprinkling. Then I notice the warm spiciness and slight drying of woody cinnamon and ginger. The appley taste brightens up in the back of the mouth becoming tart, where it morphs into what I’m guessing is the pumpkin spice flavoring? Some grounding sweet cocoa taste lingers in the aftertaste. Then a bit later comes the returning sweetness of a lightly bitey honeybush in the throat. And lastly, the marshmallow root gives a touch of body. This is blended very well. Smooth flavors! And it can’t be oversteeped! What more could you ask for before bedding down?
The normal low 80s of this week will give way on Sunday to 5 or 6 days of 90s and 100s. At least it will still be in the 50s at night, so this herbal tea will remain in rotation.
Book pairing: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Flowers, Ginger, Honey, Mineral, Pumpkin Spice, Spices, Spicy, Sweet, Tart
I just ordered my Cuppa Geek Advent Calendar! It is only my second ever advent calendar, the first one having been a David’s Tea one that was a gift from my daughter a few years ago.
We had two days that really felt like fall and we enjoyed using the fireplace. Now we are back to needing a shower every time we walk the dog. This evening has been fairly cool, though, and I decided to sit outside with a throw over my lap and rock.Beside me is a beautiful white pigeon that my husband found in the road yesterday. It think it ran into a car. One eye is squinched but looking better and the wing on that side droops. It seems pretty happy, though, and is eating and drinking as it recovers. We hope to release it within the week.
Also in our little backyard are rabbits – not the usual Eastern Cottontails but some European domestic rabbits that escaped quite a while ago from a neighbor who was trying to raise them but gave up after several cat attacks. My backyard is full of pines and dogwoods so hawks can’t swoop here and cats don’t really come because I have a dog.
A black rabbit with a white heart shape on its right shoulder lives here pretty much full time, and was joined by a white rabbit with black spots. The white rabbit let me pick him up today. The others will take food from us but don’t like to be petted or held. They have been hanging around since spring and all the neighbors help look after them. Organic spring mix, apples, timothy hay, rabbit yogurt drops, carrots, strawberry tops…all kinds of goodies. There are frantic texts when someone doesn’t see “their” rabbit for a day or two. (We lost Bun Jovi to a cat attack six weeks ago. He is buried with dignity and a headstone of sorts across the street.)
With this menagerie about, I carried out my tea and two vanilla cream Speculoos sandwich cookies. May I say this was a WINNING combination? Because this was a WINNING combination.
I bit the lightly spiced cookie and then took a sip of tea – pure heaven. At first, I mainly tasted cardamom and cinnamon but the ginger warmth grows very pleasantly as you sip and sip.
I had to go for a third steep and it is really nice. Plenty of flavor remains. I will be sad to see this go and may have to re-order. I used to drink tea at night instead of tisanes, but I am really enjoying these caffeine free relaxing options. I look forward to them, instead of “settle” for them so I can sleep.