The Magic & Mischief Selection| Tea Tourist – December Box Review |

Hey There Teacups! It’s that time again time to delve into this months TeaTourist box and take a look at what’s inside. This months box houses the Magic & Mischief  collection influenced by Christmas and all of its festivities. I have to say that this was definitely the box I was the most excited for, because in the run up to this box being released I found out that a lot of the brands I have collaborated with in the past were going to be featured in the box. Knowing the high quality they provide I just knew this box was going to be phenomenal.

The Magic & Mischief Selection

Full Of Festive Flavour – TeaTourist don’t do anything by halves and true to form, this selection is deliciously decadent and unashamedly opulent. With caffeine-free festive brews and naughty night caps, this collection matches your winter wind downs and brings more than a little mischief with it. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, realx and enjoy a spot of winter magic.

In this months box there are teas and tisanes from : The Rutland Tea Company, Bluebird Tea Co, Tugboat Brews, Parched Tea Bar Manchester, Pacifique Herbal Infusion and Nothing But Tea.


Mulled Wine Infusion | Tisane | By Rutland Tea Co

A festive fruit tisane with the distinctively rich, smooth and warming tastes of a certain traditional Christmas drink without the hangover! Balancing sweet and spicy, the fruity infusion is perfect for those after a little guilt-free mischief.

Ingredients : Hibiscus, Rose Hip, Apple, Orange Peels, Almond, Cinnamon Pieces. (Vegan Friendly | NOT suitable for those with nut allergies)

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Now you all know that I’m not a big fan of mulled wine alcoholic or non alcoholic, so of course I had hesitations when it came to trying this tisane, especially because it also has some hibiscus in it and we all know how much my taste buds don’t like hibiscus. Before trying this my mind did nothing but tell me I was going to hate it. So as I normally do with fruit based tisanes I cold brewed it and added just a little bit of honey. It worked wonders and I actually ended up loving it! I was so shocked.

Cold brewing this really bought out the fruity elements of this blend provided by the apple and the orange peel and pushed the hibiscus and the cinnamon into the background (which I loved). I didn’t really get any of the almond at first but after the first few sips I did start to notice it in the aftertaste. Overall I really enjoyed this and it I think it might have changed my over perceptions of mulled wine. Definitely looking forward to fully being able to enjoy something like this by the time Christmas 2018 rolls around.

Overall Teacup Rating : 4/5


Christmas Cake | Black Tea Blend | Bluebird Tea Co

A smooth Ceylon black tea infused with almond, vanilla and orange peel that tastes like cake, contains actual Christmas tea (spruce needles!) and comes decorated with glitter and candy snowflakes.

Ingredients: Ceylon Tea, Cloves, Orange Peel, Spruce Needles, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Almond Pieces, Snowflakes sprinkles and flavourings. (Vegan Friendly | NOT suitable for those with nut allergies)

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As you all know from my recent review I adore this blend! I actually treated myself to some of this blend a few weeks before this box arrived but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t happy to see it in this box. I Actually ended up making lattes with this sample and while it meant I got less out of my sample than I normal would, it enabled me to experiment and I love being able to do that with teas. This tea made for a super indulgent and magical latte (there’s even some glitter in there) – I’m so glad that I still have some of this left to see me through until next Christmas. – If you want to read a more in depth review of this blend check out my review post here.

Overall Teacup Rating : 5/5


Amarettea | Black Tea Blend | By Tugboat Brews

A decadently delicious black tea with almond, hints of vanilla and a touch of honey. Subtly sweet and oh so moreish, this dolce tradizionale-inspired blend adds a touch of festive magic to cosy winter nights.

Ingredients: Black Tea, Almonds, Vanilla, and flavourings. (Vegan Friendly | NOT suitable for those with nut allergies)

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As a huge lover of black tea, almond and vanilla there’s no way I wasn’t going to love this blend. This blend has such a delightfully sweet scent that drew me in from the moment I opened the sachet. The only way that I can describe the sent is that it smells like marzipan and reminded me a lot of Hot stolen with a little custard. You’ll know from recent blogmas posts that I love marzipan and more than anything I wanted that marzipan scent the come through in the flavour of this tea once it had been steeped.

While it did come through it wasn’t as strong as I would have liked it to be, I lost a lot of the almond notes that had stood out in the aroma and the vanilla look the forefront. I will say though that once I added a little bit of honey the almond did become more apparent in the aftertaste. I tried this straight as I always do when it comes to tea, but I really do think it would make a great base for a tea latte. When brewed straight this is a little bit astringent but once you add a little honey that really mellows out. This is a great blend to start cold winter mornings with.

Overall Teacup Rating  : 4/5


Cranberry Sauce | Rooibos Tisane | By Parched Tea

A mellow rooibos infused with fruity pomegranate and sweet cranberries delivering a mouth-watering blend of exotic mischief that’s lightly astringent with a pleasing sweetness that pairs well with any savoury dish.

Ingredients: Rooibos, Rosehip, Raspberry & Cranberry Pieces, Lime Leaves and Natural Flavours. (Vegan Friendly | Suitable for those with Nut Allergies)

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Now this tisane I was cautious about, I’ve never really enjoyed cranberries they are just to tart for me and often leave my mouth pain. But you all know that I wouldn’t feature/review a tea without trying it first. So I brewed a small amount for me to try before committing to a full cup (I tried it straight and it was far too tart but the rooibos stood its ground against that and had me going back for more). The second time around I cold brewed with a little bit of honey which really helped to combat the tartness of the cranberry, and resulted for a refreshing cup that made for a great after dinner treat on Christmas day. After a lot of heavy flavours in my Christmas dinner this was a great palette cleanser.

Overall Teacup Rating : 4/5


La Beaute Tea | Herbal Tisane | By Pacifique Herbal Infusion

An organic blend of floral classic and juicy fruits dominated by the punchy flavours of spicy ginger and fresh lemon. A vibrant brew bursting with flavour and all the magic of a starry night.

Ingredients: Quince, Ginger, Apple, Carrot, Lemongrass, Spearmint, Mallow, Verbena, Cranberry, Cornflower Blue & Natural Flavourings. ( Vegan Friendly | Suitable for those with Nut Allergies)

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Over this year TeaTourist really have opened me up to the world of herbal tisanes and I was really glad to see that they had included one in the final box of the year. This isn’t as Christmassy as the other blends in the box but it was a very welcome break from strong and heavy flavours of the season. Of course like any other tisane I cold brewed this (I know shock horror right). Cold brewing allowed for the fruity elements of this tea to shine, especially the apple & cranberries.

The lemongrass and spearmint were a really nice touch but were definitely bottom notes. I didn’t get anything from the quince and the carrot which was a little disappointing but overall didn’t distract from my enjoyment. I would say that this is definitely a great way to round off an evening and help to calm yourself after busy days. This shares a lot of ingredients with T2’s sleepy time to it really helped me to relax and sleep through the night.

Overall Teacup Rating : 4/5

 


White Christmas | White Tea Blend | By Nothing But Tea

An intoxicating blend of delicate white teas from Malawi and China infused with cosy winter spices and the subtle sweetness of rose petals. A creative, refreshingly light festive brew with a charming hint of seasonal mischief.

Ingredients: White Tea, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg and Rose Petals. (Vegan Friendly | Suitable For Those With Nut Allergies)

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When TeaTourist first spoke about this blend on their Instagram while promoting the release of this box it really intrigued me. I’ve not had enough white tea this year, I’ll deffinelty be looking to drink a lot more of it in 2018. When I read the ingredients list for this blend I have to say I had my hesitations. White tea is so delicate and light that I couldn’t help but assume that both the cinnamon and the cloves were going to completely overpower it. I won’t lie to you all I despise cloves, so I did take them all out of this blend before trying it as I knew they would ruin it for me.

Upon trying this the floral notes of the white tea were the first thing tasted, safe to say I wasn’t expecting that I was expecting cinnamon and nothing else. The spices in this blend are all incredibly well balanced (Though I would have loved a little bit more nutmeg.) and actually helped to enhance the peony notes of the white tea rather than overshadowing them. Again just like the other tisanes in the post this was a very welcome break from all of the heavy flavours of Christmas food. I’m actually going to be really sad when I have non of this left. This is the first white tea I have ever enjoyed hot. Maybe this will be a turning point for my taste buds and I’ll be able to enjoy lots more hot white tea in the new year.

Overall Teacup Rating : 5/5


 December’s Brew Buddy

Chocolate Orange Fudge | By Fab Fudge

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As you’ll know I love fab fudge as a company, they make some of the most delicious fudge I’ve ever had in my life. Their one of the only companies I know of out there that do a rather extensive range of vegan fudge. This months brew buddy isn’t a vegan one but I’m sure that you can get a vegan version of this on their website. Safe to say that this is a perfect recreation of a classic Christmas chocolate orange a perfect brew buddy to round off such a festive box.


I had such an amazing few months collaborating with TeaTourist.  I never would have though that when I first collaborated with them in April that a few months later I would go on to be on of their brand  ambassadors. It’s been an honour being able to work along side a company that help so many smaller companies get more notice. I can’t wait to see what 2018’s TeaTourist boxes bring. Over the months since April each box has only gotten better so if they keep on going the way they are going the coming year is going to be phenomenal.

As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter and I will answer them as soon as possible.

Start 2018 off with a bang and treat yourself to a TeaTourist subscription! Use the code TEAISAWISH to get 25% off your first box.

Speak to you all in 2018 – Happy Steeping – Kimberley

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