It’s that time of year where the coat comes off, the slippers go on and the twinkle of your Christmas decorations somewhat mesmerise you while you sip your tea and notice the change in the weather. Yes, Christmas is coming and December has announced it’s presence.
While I may not be the biggest fan of Christmas I do like to plan for it, and this year took some planning. I have never seen so many tea advent calendars on the market before, including quite a few from the UK. It feels like the tea industry has changed drastically in the last 12 months; this was why it was so difficult to pick which advent calendar to celebrate with this year. The winner was BlueBird Tea Co’s Advent Calendar of Tea. It was also to my delight that they offered a vegan option of the calendar which probably swayed the deal for me. While I may not be vegan I am vegetarian and am reminded from previous years tea advents that featured sweets (such as marshmallows) that I cannot consume.
So my idea is to write a review each day I open a window and today is the first day. So this morning when I took off the cellophane and hunted for window number 1.
I carefully peel back the cardboard window to reveal the prize inside.
And there it is! Day 1 = Gingerbread Chai.
Rooibos, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, mallow flowers, flavour.
On the back of the box the contents are listed out for each day, so you could have a spoiler if you wanted to know before hand. However, I like to be surprised so I will find out each day as it comes with the reviews.
So Gingerbread Chai, a very Christmassy start to the advent season.
Ok so steeping this using boiling water for 4-5 minutes.
The resulting tea bares a sweet toasted Rooibos scent with spicy ginger and cinnamon undertones. It sort of does resemble a ginger biscuit (and those are my favourite!).
A few sips and I’m unsure what to write about first. While I can taste the sweetness from the Rooibos it’s also warming and fiery from the ginger. It’s almost deceiving at first, just as you think ‘Oohh it’s just another sweet Rooibos blend’ it grabs hold of you and intensifies in the back of the throat. All of this while mellowing into a ginger biscuit after taste with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon.Power and complexity is certain and this is not a blend for the faint-hearted.
As it cools slightly the sweetness relaxes and the spices come forward a little more. The balance of ginger, cardamom and cinnamon make it exotic and chai aromatic but the unmistakable ginger biscuit likeness lingers in my mind.
What a lovely start to the calendar, I wonder what tea tomorrow will bring? Remember it’s a tea a day for the next 24 days so come back to find out my reviews and see the contents.
Happy Steeping All!