Even though I was corrupted by coffee this past summer, my heart will always and forever belong to tea. I will always call myself a tea drinker before I call myself a coffee drinker. Which is funny since as a kid, I HATED tea. It was just gross and never passed my lips. I don't remember what or when that changed, but I have loved tea for years now. Multiple cups a day is the name of the game. Even in the hot 90 degree days of summer, I will happily be drinking my hot mugs of tea. And of course during the winter...tea consumption is on high! I hate being cold, my body is wired to thrive in the heat (I should live in the desert). Meaning tea is my lifeline starting...now, with the colder and colder temperatures creeping in.
So I've rounded-up my all time favorite teas of the season (although I drink these through the year...I tried to make this a "seasonal" post for you all!). I always vary which tea I have so I don't "wear-out" a flavor and get sick of it. But one tea I always have everyday no matter what, is peppermint. It is essential for sound sleeping. My little comfort cup before bed.
I was always a Twinings Peppermint Tea girl, but recently fell in love with the taste of Celestial Seasonings! Both are fabulous, just straight up pure peppermint leaves. Peppermint not only helps you sleep, but it's also really good at soothing the tummy. Tummy ache = drink some peppermint tea! Even when my acid reflux acts up, peppermint is good for that (seems like it would be the opposite, but no!).
O boy, this stuff is crack! I am a die-hard roobios lover, so when I came across this this stuff, I knew I had to try it! It is fabulous! I usually am not a fan for overly spiced and flavorful teas (I like them pure and simple), but this one just works. It really satisfies that cold weather warming craving. I feel like you could drink this tea without any sweetener either (haven't tried though...I like my stevia!) Which leads me to the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Sweetleaf Stevia! They sent me some and man....add this to an already pumpkin spice tea and you are in business!
Now here is a holiday tea for yea! If you like peppermint tea, but you also like green tea, and a little more magic, this tea is for you! It is so lovely and SO holiday-ie. I wait all year for this one to come out and then I have to stock up. It is the perfect light palate refresher to unwind after a holiday dinner in my opinion. It's like drinking a candy cane...just not as gross!
This one is a killer! O so good! I love black teas. I'll pretty much drink any variety of black tea I come across. I just love the deep rich flavor. This Nutcracker tea is perfectly flavored with vanilla and cinnamon notes. But I feel like I can more accurately describe it as tasting like "Christmas". So if you know what that tastes like...then yes, that is what this tastes like 😉
My grandma introduced me to this tea a few years ago as a Christmas present and I have been a lover ever since! She always gets me a few boxes each year now (thank you grandma!). This may be one of the greatest black teas ever crafted. I always drink this Christmas morning while I'm opening presents (at least I did last year). I don't have this tea right now, but I can't wait to get my hands on it again!
Maybe I lied. This may be my favorite black tea ever. No...maybe my favorite tea of all time. The highest quality organic Ceylon ever! The vanilla is so light and perfect. Whenever I make a Vitacost purchase, I always stock up on a few boxes. If this was the last thing I ever tasted, I may be okay with that (it's that good!). So if you think you don't like a black tea, you have to try this light vanilla Ceylon. Perfection!
No going to lie, I thought when I bought this one it was going to be a complete fail. I usually hate teas like this. I've tried many "soothing" spiced teas and they always left a lot to be desired. However...I was pleasently surprised by this one! Maybe it's that fact that it's a roobios tea, but this is just so yummy! I've actually cheated on my bedtime peppermint tea a few times with this one. It warms the soul and makes me feel nice and comfy. It's smooth and the flavor isn't BAM in your face, but subtle and gentle. Perfect for bedtime or cozying up by the fire 😉
Okay, I haven't had this tea in years, but I remember the sweet perfect taste. I always put it on my Christmas list...but Santa never brings it! I first found this tea-drinker gem down in Wildwood, NJ in a small specialty cook shop on the boardwalk. I fell in love with the soft wood box it came in actually! This tea isn't in many stores since Metropolitan Tea Company is only a wholesale company, but you can get it on Amazon! The light chocolate notes with this lasting mint taste is just amazing! I crave this tea in the winter, but I never have it!
This one may seem...out of place in this list of high quality awesome teas, but don't be fooled! Thanks to my dining hall, they have a bunch of these in the "tea box" and I always grab a few. It is just straight up black tea...decaffeinated. But what makes it do good is how you can sweeten and flavor it however you want! I first had this with my new Peppermint Mocha Sweetleaf Stevia and almost died, it tasted so good 😉 Then I had it again with my English Toffee Sweetleaf Stevia and died a second time. This tea is the perfect blank slate for ANY flavor and has been my go-to black tea for later hours in the day since it's decaf. This just does to show, don't judge tea quality until you actually try it 😉
So this is my Sweetleaf flavor collection. I use the packets in most of my teas, but I like the flavored ones for plain teas (like the black one I just talked about!). I bought that Cola flavor
...but still haven't used it! Need to think of a recipe for that one! Anyway, Sweetleaf sent me their seasonal Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha to review last week and all I can say is wow!
These are so fabulous in the teas I've tried them in like I shared above, but obviously you know I add these to my coffee first and foremost 😉 Like I said, I love tea, but I still drink coffee! No one needs those expensive PSLs or Peppermint Mochas when you can just flavor black coffee with the sweet stuff! So much better (and healthier!). So hurry up and get these before they aren't "in-season" anymore! (They have 21 other flavors though, so even if you miss out, you'll be good to go all year!) You should also really try the English Toffee flavor, that one is my absolute favorite!
Thanks Sweetleaf for flavoring my winter teas and coffee the best ways possible! XOXO
So tell me:
+ What is your favorite winter tea?
+ How do you sweeten you tea (or coffee)?
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