Hey there Teacups! You’ll all know by now that not to long ago I became a T-Rep for Leaves Of The World. The first T-Rep package that they very kindly sent me was full of their limited edition Christmas blends. ( 2 Teas & 1 Tisane). There’s no way that I couldn’t use one of my blogmas post to feature/ Review them. To put into prospective how much I’ve been loving them they arrived on November 16th and I’ve not stopped drinking them since. (I don’t think they’ll be any of them left by the time January gets here)
The Leaves Of The World Christmas collection consists of 3 blends : Christmas Cake – Black Tea, Marzipan Dream – Green Tea, Festive Marmalade – Herbal Tisane. – All of which you can find here
Christmas Cake is an organic black tea based blend that perfectly replicates classic taste of Christmas . It has a quintessential smell and taste of Christmas that is intensely moreish and warms you to your core. One thing you won’t know about me is that I hate actual Christmas cake, I actually can’t physically bring myself to eat it. So when it came to this blend I was a bit nervous to actually try it, but you all know that I could never have opinion on a tea / feature it without actually trying it myself. Long story short I absolutely love this blend, once I was brave enough to get myself to try it my taste buds fell in love straight away. If you’ve ever been to a Christmas market in your town you’ll know what I mean when I say that this smell of this tea reminded me exactly of the sweet stalls at a Christmas market.
I tried this blend both straight and then as a latte and I much preferred it as a latte. It’s the perfect base for a latte that will help you have the perfect cosy Christmas nights in.(If you’d like to see my Christmas cake latte recipe let me know) When brewed, notes of vanilla and marzipan come forward. The notes of cinnamon are very minimal. Which really shocked me as cinnamon overpowers a lot of things and it was nice to have it be more of an after taste this time around. You still get a slight earthy and almost woody note from the black tea as well which I love. (You all know how much of a black tea addict I am)
Ingredients : Organic – Black tea, Almond Flakes, Cinnamon Pieces and natural flavourings. ( Vegan Friendly | Not Suitable For Those With Nut Allergies)
I am a huge fan of marzipan so when I first found out that Leaves Of The World were doing a marzipan based tea I was beyond excited. What I wasn’t expecting was the fact that it’s a green tea. But Leaves Of The World never cease to amaze me with how creative they are with their blends. When I read the ingredients list of this tea I knew before I had even tried it that I was going to live it. I mean come on how could I not love a blend that pairs Green Tea with Almonds, Vanilla and rose petals. (That Right there is a recipe for magic)
The only way in which I can describe this blend in terms of what it reminds me of is that it reminds me of Stollen (you know the kind with the hidden marzipan in the centre – It’s one of my favourite things to have around Christmas time with a little custard). The Vanilla and the Almond are definitely at the for front flavour wise in this blend but they don’t overpower the green tea they work along side it and pair with it so well. The floral note provide by the rose petals mostly comes through in the aftertaste but there is no way you will miss it. I tried this one straight and as a latte and it equally as amazing both ways. I can see myself making a lot of lattes with is through December. Though I haven’t tried it I can also imagine this would be great iced.
Ingredients : Organic – Green Sencha Tea, Natural Flavour, Almonds, Vanilla and Rose Petals. ( Vegan Friendly | Not Suitable For Those With Nut Allergies)
I will admit now that although I’m a fan of Marmalade its not something I tend to have very often. Before I tried this blend I actually hadn’t had marmalade for a few years. But the moment I tried this blends all of my memories of marmalade came flooding back. Yet again Leaves Of The World absolutely nailed the flavour replications (I can’t say I’m surprised they smash it out of the park every time)
Most Herbal / Fruity Tisanes I have iced, there is just something about them that I can’t stomach hot (No matter what company they come from) I don’t know what it is but I’m not complaining. Cold brewed tisanes are super refreshing and a much healthier alternative to cordial or pop. So with that in mind the first thing I did with this blend is cold brew it. I wasn’t going to try this hot but Sam and Jason say it makes for an amazing latte I just had to give it a go. The Orange, Apple, Cloves and Anise are the stand out flavours when steep hot and made as a latte which absolutely screams Christmas to me I went to a C of E primary school and those flavours and smells remind me of christingle oranges – I couldn’t help but feel incredibly nostalgic when I started steeping this and the smells hit me.
I will say as nostalgic as it made me feel my taste buds and my stomach just wouldn’t let me enjoy a hot tisane (that’s no reflection on the product it’s just me being incredibly picky). When I cold brewed this I left it over night and the resulting brew was much more fruity than it was when it was steeped hot. The stand out flavours this time were definitely the orange, apple, lemon verbena. You still get a little bit of spiciness from the cloves and the anise, but their much more of a background flavour. I think this tisane will still be one I drink throughout December but it’ll be one I have as an alternative to a hot drink when I need refreshing.
Ingredients: – Organic : Blackberry Leaves, Orange Peel, Rosehip Peel, Apple, Lemon Verbena, Cloves, Anise. Natural Orange Flavour and Marigold Petals (Vegan Friendly – Suitable For Those With Nut Allergies)
Let me know if you’d like to see a post in the future on how to make tea lattes with these blends. I’d be more than happy to write it. As always if you have any questions at all be sure to stick them in the comments and I’ll answer them as soon as I get the chance.
To find out more about Leaves Of The World and purchase these limited edition Christmas blends for yourself head to – www.leavesoftheworld.com (Remember to use the code TEANOMADKIM20 to get 20% off.
Speak to you all again soon, Happy Steeping – Kimberley