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Winter Hot Toddy Recipe

This recipe comes to us from http://www.veetea.com

Hot Toddy

A classic. Perfect for cold weather.

1 Tablespoon honey (preferably Tupelo)
1 Tablespoon Rohini Estate Darjeeling
1 piece star anise
5 cloves
1 cup water
2 ounces brandy (or, if you’re me, Jameson)
1 wedge lemon

Bring 1 cup water to just below boiling and remove from heat. Add tealeaves and spices. Steep for 4 minutes, and then strain into a large mug. Stir in honey. Float brandy. Squeeze the lemon into the drink, and then drop it into the mug.

Makes 1 serving.

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Indian Chai Review

Reviewed by liber-teas.

INDIAN CHAI

You may have noticed that I have been reviewing a lot of spiced chai teas lately.  That’s because as soon as the weather begins to suggest that autumn is here (or even on it’s way!) I dive in to the warm, spiced teas.

There is just something so unbelievably comforting about a spiced chai tea latte.  Creamy, rich, warm with spices and just a little sweet too.  It’s such a rewarding experience.

This Indian Chai from Element Tea has a very inviting aroma.  The scent of cardamom and cinnamon greets me first, and then is followed by ginger and just a hint of vanilla.

The flavor is smooth and robust.  The spices are not overpowering – the black tea has a very strong presence in this blend.  It is rich and full-flavored, and the spices seem to enhance those qualities.  The vanilla in this blend gives a hint of sweetness and touch of creaminess to the tea.

This is a pretty “even-tempered” chai tea, it is not overly spiced, but it isn’t bland by any stretch of the imagination.  It has a warm, calm presence, but at the same time it is quite invigorating.  A contradiction?  No, rather, it is just perfect for this kind of morning:  although it is cold and overcast, there is a certain calmness to the gray chill.  This chai greets that calmness with equal amounts of tranquility and introduces a sense of comforting warmth.

Element Tea describes this tea as

This is the real thing! Rich, Indian Black tea is combined with cardamom and cinnamon. This national drink of India is traditionally served with milk and sugar.

Ingredients: Premium Indian Black Tea, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Vanilla

I enjoyed this tea as a latte, I brewed it in water, adding a bit more leaf to the water to concentrate the flavor.  Then I heated some milk and whipped it to a fluffy froth, and poured the hot, brewed tea over the milk and added a dollop of honey.  It was quite a decadent morning treat!  This tea is also quite good served without the latte – with just a little honey or sugar to bring out the more elusive tones of the spices.

Citrus Chamomile Review

This review is by Nicole Martin of  http://www.teaformeplease.com/

CITRUS CHAMOMILE

Element Tea lists the ingredients of this tea as including chamomile flowers, Sudanese hibiscus, citrus peels and citrus flavors. The dried tea was a bright and cheery mix of yellows and oranges. There also appeared to be apples and vanilla bean pieces in there as well. They had a strong, woodsy aroma. I steeped this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for five minutes. The liquor was a light amber color.

I’m not a big fan of chamomile but this blend was actually quite nice. More fruity than floral, it was naturally sweet and just bit creamy. The vanilla and apple were actually the predominant flavors. This tea has inspired me to drink more herbal teas. I’ve developed a slight caffeine intolerance so that is probably a good thing. It definitely did relax me, I wound up falling asleep way before my bed time not long after finishing my last cup. I would definitely recommend this tea.

Hot Tea Cocktail: Hot Tea Grog

Recipe from http://www.thatsthespirit.com

HOT TEA GROG

  • Several cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. honey or to taste
  • 1 oz. cognac or brandy
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1 cup Afternoon Pick-Me-Up
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg

Mixing instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan, heat, and pour into a warmed mug.

White Coconut Creme Review

Review by TeaEqualsBliss

WHITE COCONUT CREME from Element Tea:

Dry Leaf Scent: Pure Coconut – and it’s truly splendid
Post Infusion Scent: Coconut, Peony – Still a delight

Color is a yellowish with light brown hue

Taste: YUMMY Coconut taste and CREAMY CREAMY CREAMY! Some lovely floral notes thrown in.

This is wonderful. VERY flavorful and much different than other tropical-type teas I have tried!

Bubble and Boil Tea – A Halloween Drink

Just in time for the sugar-filled holiday, this recipe is the perfect answer to a healthful and happy Halloween.

This reicpe comes to us from http://www.dietbites.com.

Diet Bubble & Boil Tea – a Halloween Recipe

Diet toil and diet trouble – but not with this tasty diet tea recipe that you’ll find only in the halls of Diet Bites.  This recipes wanders through our haunted holiday halls searching for dieters in need of a holiday treat.  No tricks here!

You can use most any tea to prepare our Bubble & Boil Tea recipe – such as Orange Spice Royale, which adds a nice tone to the holiday mood

To prepare Bubble & Boil Tea, don a spooky costume and grab your cauldron – your tiny one.  Don’t have one?  Then grab your skull cup.  Next, follow the instructions on the package and prepare tea.

Once tea has steeped, remove the leaves and add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla – or your favorite extract.  This is option but will add dimension to the flavor of the tea.

Stir in just a dash of ground cinnamon mixed with Splenda.  The addition of Splenda to the tea should produce a tiny bubbling sensation.  The ground cinnamon will enhance the flavor of the tea.

To serve at large party functions, drap cobwebs  over dark colored trays and place cups on the webs.  Your guests will go ga-ga for tasty Bubble & Boil Tea – and your diet will too!

Classic Phoenix Oolong Review

This review comes from Jennifer Bliss of the SoroiTEA sisters.

Tasters Review:

The Product Description for Classic Phoenix Oolong From Element Tea says “Long twisted leaves” and THAT is completely accurate!

It also says this tea is reminiscent of honeysuckle – I also agree! I also think it’s a bitty nutty and smooth – very smooth!

This tea is beautiful all-round! And it was just screaming for a 2nd infusion – so I jumped at the opportunity.  The 2nd infusion was also nice!  A full oolong taste with a more almond like finish – moreso than the first infusion.  I infused over 7 minutes on the 2nd infusion.

I really do LOVE this!

Tea Type: Oolong Where To Buy: Element Tea

Product Description:

Fine, long-twisted, single-stem leaves provide a light amber-yellow cup that     carries a highly fragrant aroma of honeysuckle and almond. This Oolong has a smooth, delicate finish that you won’t forget.

Brew Time: 3 – 4 minutes

Ingredients: Chinese Oolong Tea