Ooh! Great! Wow! I can't wait for this box! I believe I am next? I'll definitely take photos of it!
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The box is labelled and I will hopefully get it on its way tomorrow or Friday. I took some photos of the box before it was re-sealed. This box did not get to make the trip to the State Capitol like the last one, but I put in some Texas-inspired props in a couple shots.
Now that the business bit is taken care of (mostly), I can get on with the tasting bit! First up was Winter Frost by rachelc (aka Rachana Carter).
I admit I was leary about this blend. I love "Yule" or "Xmas" themed teas in theory, but mostly for the SPICE and Rach's blend had a sort of cinnamon candy cane thing going on (I avoid the candy versions, but wanted to give the tea a try). The first cup I steeped a little more than a tsp for 4 mins and I have to honestly and truly admit that this blend surprised the cranky sceptic right out of me!! It starts with a smooth vanilla sweetness which slides into a cinnamon warmth and then, just on the end of the sip the mint gives a refreshing and not overpowering tingle! All of the amounts were just right and nothing overpowered anything else and each step of the sip was well timed.
The second cup, I did about a tsp and a half at 3 mins and added a little honey. The honey hides the vanilla flavor, tones down the cinnamon, but perks up the mint....so, I think, in the future, I will go sans sweetner in this blend.
The third cup, I did the same steep paramenters as the second and added just a splash of fat free milk. This enhanced the vanilla flavor, subdued the cinnamon (but not as much as the sweetner), but made the mint at the end taste a little more candy-like than I would prefer.
So, overall verdict: This is a fantastic blend! Don't get fancy with it, just let it do its thing and you will be pleasantly surprised!