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Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Gingerbread

Every year I eagerly await the holiday season and holiday spice teas.  This year I placed a small order with Adagio Teas for some samples.  One of those is Gingerbread.

Adagio’s Gingerbread blend includes black tea, gingerbread flavor, cinnamon bark, orange peel and ginger root.

Gingerbread is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz for $7.00, and 16oz for $24.00.

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Adagio Gingerbread

When I first opened the package I got the strong smell of molasses and gingerbread.  Once brewed it was a little milder, but I got hints of the gingerbread and the orange.   I really enjoyed this one and it would be amazing with ginger snaps. I’ve never made them, but maybe it’s time to learn.

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Drink Me: Capital Teas, Christmas Cookie

Another tea I added to my last order from Capital Teas was Christmas Cookie.

From the website, Christmas Cookie contains organic crystallized ginger (organic cane sugar, organic ginger), organic cinnamon, organic apple pieces, organic ginger, organic star anise, organic licorice root and organic barley malt.

It comes in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $8.95, 40z for $17.90, 8oz for $34.01, 1lb for $64.44 and 2lbs for $121.72.

When I got this one and opened the bag I was so excited because it smelled sweet and spicy. The resulting tea was good, but it lacked the spicy punch I had hoped for. I will try brewing it again stronger. It was, however, a really nice afternoon herbal tea and I enjoyed it with some lemon holiday cookies from a friend.

Holiday Gift Guide: A little bit knittea.

With the Thanksgiving holiday, the season is set into full swing and Black Friday heralds the opening of shopping season. I wanted to pull together a few suggestions for the tea and knit lovers in your life.

Subscriptions

At the top of my list are subscriptions for wonderful gifts that keep on giving all year long.

For the tea lover in your life, you might consider a description to the Plum Deluxe Tea of the Month club. Club memberships are done on a quarterly basis, so you can give anywhere from 3-12 months of tea to someone special in your life. Send them one tea a month for $10 per month, or double their pleasure with 2 teas a month for $20 per month. I’m a member and have been enjoying the surprise in my mailbox each month!

For the knitter in your life there are too many options to choose from!

You could check out Yarnbox.com for a variety of knitting box subscriptions. Each month your favorite knitter will receive a box with yarn, a pattern and some fun extras at his or her door.  Boxes range from $19.95 to $69.95.  I haven’t personally tried this one, but I’ve heard good things and see beautiful items people receive!

Other reliable places I have ordered from include Simply Socks and The Loopy Ewe. Anything you can find in their clubs and kits sections is sure to delight!

Special Gifts

If you’re looking for one special gift for your special someone, advent calendars are a great idea.

I particularly love the David’s Tea Advent Calendar which is 24 days of delightful tea and can be snapped up for $40. Get this one quickly because they always sell out!

For your knitter friend check out the Opal Advent Calendar box for 24 miniskeins of colorful Opal yarn for $60. The knitter could make ornaments for his or her tree, or a wonderful pair of stripey socks!

Black Friday Tea

If you’re planning to partake in a little Black Friday shopping, I could point you in the direction of a few of my favorite black teas!

And finally a few knittea related items I have seen this season:

Starbucks Cable Knit Double Wall Traveler Mug, $19.95

Yarn Mugs from Bread and Badger, $25.00

Craftea: Christmas Tea Trees

Last year I posted some beautiful Christmas tea wreaths and I was intent on finding another “craftea” project for this year. I found it over at Thirsty for Tea.  This DIY tutorial shows you how to make Christmas tea trees.

Christmas Tea Trees, DIY Tutorial by Bonnie Eng at Thirsty for Tea

 

Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Gingerbread

Another holiday blend I picked up in my last Adagio order was Gingerbread.

From the label this blend includes black tea, natural gingerbread flavor, cinnamon bark, orange peels and ginger root.

It is available in the following sizes: sample for $2 and 3oz for $7.

When I opened this bag I wasn’t sure what to expect. I definitely got hints of ginger and orange. Once brewed I got more of the black tea with a subtle ginger/orange aftertaste.  I had been expecting more of a sweet dessert tea, but I actually really liked this one for its subtlety. A really nice afternoon drink.

Drink Me: Adagio, Candy Cane

I placed an order with Adagio a few weeks ago hoping to try some of their holiday flavors. The first of these was Candy Cane.

From the package, Candy Cane is black tea with candy cane pieces and peppermint leaves.

It is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2, 3oz for $7 and 1lb (16oz) for $19.

When I opened the package, this tea smelled exactly like candy canes and I could see a few hints of red pieces in the blend.  Once brewed I got more of the black tea and peppermint leaf aroma.  I think I might have preferred a purely peppermint tea (as opposed to the black tea blend) but it did have a nice cooling peppermint flavor.

Holiday Gifts: Advent

One thing I have noticed this year is a number of new advent calendars geared towards my favorite interests!

I missed out on nabbing a David’s Tea Advent Calendar, but I am drooling over the possibilities! I must remember this for next year.

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David’s Tea, Advent Calendar 2015, $40

Quite a bit more pricey, but ever so incredibly lovely is the Fortnum & Mason Wooden Advent Tea Calendar.

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Fortnum & Mason Wooden Advent Tea Calendar,  125.00 BP

 

In the yarn category, a lot of podcasters went for the Opal Advent Calendar – 24 little balls of Opal sock yarn.

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Opal Advent Calendar, Love Knitting, $85.00

Do you have an advent calendar? If so, what is yours filled with?

 

 

Teaccessories: Holiday Knit & Tea

Last week for knit night we went to Barnes & Noble and I was pleased to see gifts for knitters and tea lovers.

When I first walked in past a display of holiday fair isle tote bags. You have your choice of a red reindeer, white with gold bow, blue snowflake or green tree.  I found them on the Barnes & Noble site for $24.95, but the tags in store said $12.99 so head to your local brick and mortar store and save yourself some Christmas pennies.

Then I went upstairs to the cafe (where we meet to knit) and saw a delightful collection of holiday mugs. I particularly liked these inspired by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (available for $12.95 a piece).

Happy shopping!

Drink Me: Republic of Tea, Cranberry Spice Hibiscus

A few weeks ago I got the holiday season catalog from The Republic of Tea. I immediately ordered a Harvest Stackable tin ($13.50) and, not realizing I was already getting some, a can of the Cranberry Spice Hibiscus ($11.00).

I already know I love the Hot Apple Cider tea – I thought I had reviewed this one already, but I can’t find it so I will in the next post!  I have also tried the Pumpkin Spice and liked it quite a bit. But the Cranberry Spice was new.

From the website this one contains hibiscus, cinnamon, ginger, carob bits, apple bits, sweet blackberry leaves, cardamom seeds, chicory root, pepper, cloves, cranberry bits, and star anise.

When I opened the container, I could smell the spices in the cranberry tea. Once brewed the tea was a warm red color. It wasn’t sour like I expected it might be from the cranberry and I mostly tasted the hibiscus and spices.  It was a really nice warm winter tea, and I think I’ll be drinking it quite a bit. I also wonder if I could use it for a mulled wine?

Crafty: Last gasp of Christmas.

I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas, which might explain my enthusiasm for it as an adult.  This year I was excited to pull out the tree and the ornaments and make the house festive. As I unpacked the ornaments and stockings, my husband remarked that we didn’t own a tree skirt.  I’ve only put a tree up for a couple of years and hadn’t quite gotten around to a tree skirt.

But then I started to think about it, and my husband suggested I knit one and a crazy project was born.

I chose to knit the Hemlock Ring Blanket which is adapted by Jared Flood from a doily pattern.  He suggests using a rustic bulky wool to upsize the doily into an heirloom blanket.

Hemlock Ring Blanket, pattern & photo by Jared Flood, available for free on Ravelry

The blanket is knit in the round so I immediately had to decide whether I would knit the project back and forth, and create an open seam;  knit it as a whole piece and steek it; or just leave a hole in the center. I opted for the last option.

I also had to decide what yarn to use, particularly since I didn’t have anything in my craft room that would work.  I ultimately went with Lion Brand Lion’s Pride Woolspun, which I’m not sure was the right choice.  While I liked the price point and easy care, I think I should have chosen a yarn that was wool (rather than an acrylic/wool blend) for ease of blocking. When it came down to blocking, I decided to do what’s known as “killing” the acrylic, basically steam blocking it which is irreversible in acrylic yarns.

Anyway, regardless of how I might improve upon this project if I were to tackle it again one day, I am pleased with my efforts. I knit the entire project in less than 2 weeks and created something I’m sure we’ll use for years to come.