It should come as a surprise to no one that at least one of my blogmas posts this year will be about tea. My nom de plume, Milk With No Sugar, is a nod to how I take my English Breakfast tea (see my Christmas wish list post on how I take my coffee) but with so many exceptional teas and tea brands out there, I thought I’d do a little run down on what teas I’ll be sipping on and enjoying this holiday season.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that I’ve been expanding my tea collection monthly with the Sips By Subscription box. Over the last 3 months I’ve been collecting some delicious brews in tailor-made boxes that will only feature the types of teas I like and that I’m wanting to try – so low caffeine, herbal, fruity, chais…no rooibos or yerba mate for me. I’m delighted to be able to share a sneaky little discount code for you for $15 off a subscription gift card! So if you’re stuck on what to get your Secret Santa this year, or are struggling with what to by your sister in law/aunt/brother’s new girlfriend/neighbour…hop on over to Sips By’s website and use code SIPSTOGETHER at checkout. Happy brewing, babes!
YOGI – Soothing Caramel Bedtime
This has been a staple in my bedtime routine for several months now, having seen successfully through the third trimester of my pregnancy, and allowed me to get some much needed sleep now that I’m a Mum! This caffeine free blend features Chamomile Flower, Skullcap and L-Theanine to support relaxation and a deep nights sleep. The warm notes of caramel and vanilla make this a delicious way to end the day.
STASH – Super Mint
If like me you’re a festive overindulger, mint (or ginger) tea will be your BFF this winter. Mint is reknowned for aiding digestive health, most notably gas and bloating so I often find myself enjoying a cup or two after Thanksgiving dinner and when I’ve gone in for my second round of dessert at Christmas. This is one of the most potent mint tea I’ve ever had the joy of drinking. It is packed with genuine flavor and is such a versatile tea that it can even be used in cooking – steep a bag with your couscous for a unique take on Middle East cuisine.
TAZO – Butterscotch Blondie
I used to be such a tea snob that I wouldn’t be seen dead drinking such a weird product as dessert flavoured tea and yet I adore the Tazo dessert tea range. On the nights when we’re fresh out of snacks and I’m craving something sweet, this black tea blend is a must. The butterscotch and vanilla notes swirl beautifully with the chocolate peel and cinnamon, which add a deep, nutty layer to what could otherwise be a very sweet tea indeed.
TEAPIGS – Chocolate Flake Tea
There is no tea brand I love more than Teapigs. They have one of the most exciting ranges available, offer exceptional customer service both here and in the UK, and host a really informative blog on all things tea. From recipes to gift guides, if you’re new to brews, this is a great place to start. Their chocolate flake tea has been a staple in our tea drawer for eons as it is the perfect middle ground drink between a mug of tea and a cup of hot chocolate. Packed with cocoa goodness, this warming blend of black tea and real chocolate flakes is made even more dreamy with a splash of cream added. Check out it’s new sister blends – chocolate and mint, and the limited edition chocolate orange tea .
THE STEEPING ROOM – White Tea with Apple and Holiday Spice
Let me premise this short review by stating that LOOSE LEAF TEA IS TOTALLY WORTH THE EFFORT. Notes and flavours are more defined and clearer when brewed in it’s true format. Teabags are great, convenient and easier to store, there is no doubt about that, but should you have the time, do allow yourself to enjoy the steeping experience of loose leaf. The taste is superior due to reduced “dust”, helps the environment and should the urge take you, you can make your own blends quite easily. This is a well balanced, low caffiene white tea that is full of holiday goodness – cranberries provide tartness to counteract the sweetness of the apples and the cinnamon provides depth and warmth.