Friday, February 17 Tea Time

It’s the weekend and my favorite person is home with me for the next three days, my son, Alden.  I’m letting him make the tea choices for tonight and giving his input as he drinks with me.  This means that all of tonight’s cups will be caffeine free.

Our first choice is Alden’s new favorite tea Stash Maple Apple Cider Herbal Tea.  This tea is made with roobios, hibiscus, cinnamon, maple flavor, nutmeg, apple flavor, and caramel flavor.  The hibiscus doesn’t come across as flowery in this tea but seems to be there for coloring.  I don’t get any weird roobios flavor from this one.  Alden picked it off the Stash online website during the birthday bonanza shopping and has loved it since it arrived in the mail. I also think it’s delicious.

The teabags smell like waffles drowning in maple syrup at Denny’s.  Don’t let this detract you.  The finished product isn’t that strong.  Once infused it’s a dark brown red color and smells just like apple cider with cinnamon with touch a maple and caramel wafting upwards.  It’s yummy.  Alden says it’s like his tastebuds are swimming around in a universe full of taste.  I’m going with full of apple flavor but balanced with the maple, cinnamon and caramel flavors.  It’s really good.  Plus no weird roobios taste like the Republic of Tea roobios teas so big time bonus.

We kinda got a late start tonight so with bedtime coming up soon we only have time for one more tea tonight.  The next one is another favorite of Alden’s and he wanted to share some with his friend at his birthday party two weeks ago but that kid is allergic to everything and I didn’t know if he would react.  The tea is Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Herbal Tea and this was a Christmas time seasonal flavor that I found in our local grocery store that I fortunately picked up two boxes of because I haven’t seen it since.  We’re still working on the first box with the second unopened in the vault so Alden should be happy for a while.

The tea is a blend of milk thistle, roasted barley, orange peel, natural sugar cookie flavor and vanilla bean.  The teabag smells lightly nutty with a vanilla and citrus undertone.  It infuses to a medium yellow hue and smells sweet and nutty with citrus highlights and some vanilla coming through.  Alden, being junior taste tester, decrees that it tastes like a sugar cookie liquefied and that they get points for an accurate depiction of a sugar cookie.  I’m going to have to agree with my son and say that it really does taste a lot like a real sugar cookie!  It’s sweet, lightly vanilla with just a subtle hint of taste of the orange peel coming in the background.  I get a slight nuttiness from it too that’s very delicious.  I wish I would see this tea return someday in the Christmas time.

Sorry to cut Tea Time short tonight but as the old adage goes, “Sleep when the baby sleeps” works with nine year olds just as much!  Tomorrow we have plenty more time to start earlier with our Tea Time so please join us then!  Remember pinkies up! 🍵

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