Hey there Teacups.. MERRY CHRISTMAS! We’ve finally arrived at the last day of 2020’s Twelve Days Of Teamas! This year I feel like this series has really flown by but I’ve really loved introducing you all to Chariteas and showcasing a great range of tea teas and tisanes they have to offer. This series may not have ended up how I planned it to (I promise next year will be better) but nevertheless I have still enjoyed doing it. Its also showed me what to expect for next year and how to plan out to I can achieve everything I want to and make everything much better.
But for today let’s get back to the tea shall we or shall we say tisane.. as today’s featured tisane for the day from Chariteas is their Christmas Morning tisane. Out of all the samples I had for this series I had been so excited to try this once but of course I had to wait until Christmas day to try it with a name like Christmas Morning didn’t I.
Here’s what Chariteas themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: “This spiced rooibos blend showcases the smooth flavors of Auro Chocolate’s organically-grown Heirloom cocoa nibs. Masterfully crafted to be both calming and uplifting , Christmas Morning is by no means a holiday exclusive. Bringing to mind that warm blissful feeling of lazy mornings spent with loved ones, this blend can be enjoyed all day long in any season. With flavors of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and mint this kid-friendly tea is best when shared.”
Ingredients: rooibos*, peppermint*, spearmint*, cacoa nibs*, cinnamon*, cloves*.*Organically Produced
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I of course used freshly filtered water, steeped this for around 7 minutes because I tend to do that with rooibos, and I tried it three ways in total. Overall I tried it on its own, with just honey added and then with just honey and milk added. Out of all. Of the different ways I ended up trying it I have to say my favourite way to drink this tisane is definitely with both milk and honey added. But that’s not to say that it wasn’t delicious on its one or just with honey added because it absolutely was I just prefered it as a latte with a bit of extra sweetness because everyone loved to indulge at Christmas don’t they.
In the cup I had on its one the rooibos was definitely the strongest note, the peppermint and spearmint with both quite prominent but the addition of the cacao which adds a subtle dark chocolate like note which stopped them from overpowering everything else in the blend. The species were present but not as strong as I expected them to be out them both the cloves were most prominent and the cinnamon just added a nice warmth to the aftertaste. As nice as it was on its one though I do feel like the mint was a little too strong for me though and the dark chocolate notes needed to be a little more like milk chocolate. So I added in some honey to see if that would help at all.
Adding in a little honey definitely helped to sweet those cacao notes a little bit but didn’t really effect the mint at all and I still found it a little bit too strong for me and had I carried on drinking I definitely think it would have trigger a migraine attack for me, that’s no fault of the blend though and completely down to me.
The addition of milk and honey not only sweetened the cacao but also made it creamy enough that it tasted like milk chocolate, but it also muted both mints which was perfect and made this much more enjoyable for me. Once I added in the milk and found that the mint was much more sublte, I also found the species came out a little more. I’m so glad I managed to find the perfect way to prepare this for me in the end, once I did I enjoyed it to no end, I definitely see why they say its perfect for Christmas Morning. It would be a great one to sip on while eating Christmas breaking or opening your present with family while slowly waking up.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.7/5
If you want to find out more about Chariteas and purchase some of this blend to try for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak soon to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*the tisane featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*