52Teas’ the 12 Teas of Christmas – Day 10-Spoilers!

Day 10!

Day 10 and we are really getting festive now with Yunnan Eggnog.

I feel like eggnog gets a lot of love and hate over the holidays.  I get it, it’s not for everyone. But I like a cup of lactose-free nog now and then over the holidays.  It’s like a cross between milk and vanilla pudding. It’s weird, I know.

This Yunnan Eggnog tea has a very appealing scent in the dry leaf.  There’s spice, but it is not the usual chai tea trio of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger; instead there’s something a little more unusual like nutmeg or allspice.  There is a sweet peppery flavor that might be from the spice or the tea itself.

Brewed, the tea is both bold and mellow, with lots of raisin and fig flavors and an undertone of crushed leaves earthiness.  Without milk, this blend focuses on yunnan and all of its golden caramelly goodness. Just a touch of spice reminds you this is a holiday blend, suitable for sipping while you deck the halls.

A splash of milk does wonders to bring out the eggnog part of this blend. The milk adds a thicker mouthfeel that is more similar to eggnog, and lets a little more of the spice peek through.  Not to mention, you can enhance the whole experience by grating some fresh nutmeg into your mug and filling your kitchen with the scent of the holidays.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas

Organic Royal Golden Yunnan infused with organic eggnog flavors, cinnamon chips, marigold petals and a touch of nutmeg. This long, tippy-leafed Yunan steeps a smooth cup with rich aroma and superb taste. The hints of creamy eggnog and spices just makes it an extra special treat.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Day 8 of the 52Teas Countdown to Christmas!

On the 8th Day of Christmas 52 Teas gave to me…Creamy Eggnog Dusted with Nutmeg Green Tea! (Every time I write that line, I totally sing it in my head) So, I feel like eggnog is one of those things that you either love or hate. However- I am one of those people who actually is a little in between. I don’t really drink a glass of eggnog, I feel like I’m drinking cream.  I do, however, enjoy the actual taste of eggnog and eggnog-flavored desserts. For example- I’m pretty sure McDonalds comes out with an Eggnog Milkshake in the winter and I do like that. Another example is I just saw a recipe for Eggnog French Toast that looks really good and I’m actually planning on making it for my family on Christmas morning!

Now, back to tea! I love, love, love the green tea base here. It’s light and not overly-grassy or bitter. It has almost a buttery quality. This is the perfect green tea base. I steeped this for exactly 2 minutes to make sure it was not oversteeped. The eggnog flavor is delicate but present and it’s not overly sweet or in-your-face, which I really enjoy. The nutmeg gives a little twist, and I feel like it was also very necessary to this tea! I always sprinkle some extra nutmeg on whatever eggnog-flavored item I’m making! It’s not a holiday box without something eggnog, is it? I feel like people who are on the other side of the fence with the flavor of eggnog would probably enjoy this anyway, as it’s a festive and yummy blend!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: 52Teas

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Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

The Holiday Season Approaches!


ChristmasLogo1This isn’t a review but an advertisement (sorry guys!)  No, we don’t usually advertise here on this site – this is an anomaly – but because one of the founding SororiTea Sisters is now the Mad Tea Artist behind 52Teas, she gets the privilege of deviating from the norm.

And 52Teas has a Holiday Pre-Sale going on right now on Kickstarter!  This isn’t a typical “fundraising” Kickstarter campaign, instead, this is a chance for you to get some Christmas shopping done early while it helps us keep things just a little more organized by keeping our pre-sales separate from our day-to-day sales activity.

52Teas is offering 5 unique, limited edition teas for this promotion – these teas will be available only during the season and once they’re sold out, they won’t be reblended until next Christmas!

Here’s the specs on those five VITs (Very Important Teas):

  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire – This is a special blend of black teas with a hint of Lapsang Souchong to give it that smoky touch that you’d experience from an open fire.  Flavored with chestnut and caramel and just a hint of spice to give it that winter-y kind of appeal.
  • Gingerbread Houjicha – I love the flavor of gingerbread and I think that the roasty-toasty, nutty flavor of houjicha would offer a delightful base to these flavors.
  • Eggnog Chai – A Chai blend (black tea with a touch of honeybush) flavored with notes of custard-y eggnog with an extra dash of nutmeg to enliven the cup.  This would make a great latte to serve Santa on Christmas Eve!
  • Cranberry Orange Cider – A blend of red and green rooibos that’s been flavored with cranberry, orange and apple with a medley of holiday spices.
  • Peppermint Marshmallow Melting in Hot Chocolate – For this blend, I chose a special black tea blend (crafted with teas from our friends at Verdant Tea) for the base that has a rich, natural cacao flavor with hints of malt.  Peppermint, marshmallow and even more chocolate-y flavor to create a deliciously delightful cuppa.

YUM!  So please take a moment to visit the 52Teas Kickstarter Holiday Pre-Sale and get some of that early Christmas shopping done early!  The campaign closes on October 27th so your card won’t be charged until that date, and the teas will be shipped in plenty of time for gift giving!

Thanks for taking a moment to read this . . . now let’s get back to the reviews!

Eggnog Yunan Black Tea from 52Teas


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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Zoomdweebies

Tea Description:

Organic Royal Golden Yunnan infused with organic eggnog flavors, cinnamon chips, marigold petals and a touch of nutmeg. This long, tippy-leafed Yunan steeps a smooth cup with rich aroma and superb taste. The hints of creamy eggnog and spices just makes it an extra special treat.

Learn more about this tea here.

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Taster’s Review:

After reading the various tasting notes on Steepster about this tea, I decided to let it cool a bit before I started to formulate my opinion about it.

The aroma of the tea wafting out of my teacup made the waiting difficult because it smells so good.  I can smell notes of creamy eggnog with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.  The fragrance of the cinnamon is especially praise-worthy in my opinion.

Cinnamon can sometimes come off as a very aggressive scent (and don’t get me wrong, I love the strong smell of cinnamon!) but here it’s so pleasantly delicate, reminiscent of what I might smell when I prepare snickerdoodle blondies.  (Seriously, try that recipe, you’ll be glad you did.)

This is a really tasty tea.  I like the Yunnan base.  It’s a strong, robust tea and it has a really pleasing flavor.  It’s an earthy, slightly peppery, rich tasting tea:  a really good Yunnan – one that I’d be happy to drink as a pure tea.

Some would think that it’s wrong to flavor a tea like this, but I’m not one of them.  I don’t agree that the only teas that should be flavored are the ones that aren’t good enough to be consumed as a pure tea.  I think that if you start with better ingredients (including a better base tea), you’re going to have a better product.  This is true of whatever you’re making, whether you’re making a soup or a batch of cookies or a cup of tea.  You need quality ingredients to produce a quality product.

And I’m very happy with the quality of this Yunnan.

The flavoring is not quite as strong as I expected it to be.  The eggnog flavor is definitely there but this isn’t as creamy as I would have expected it to be.  I guess if I’m to offer a criticism about the tea, that would be it:  it lacks a little in the creaminess department.  When one pours a glass of eggnog, they are anticipating a very creamy drink.  This just isn’t as creamy as the “Eggnog” part of the name of this tea would imply.

At the same time, I find it hard to actually complain about this because I think that if this were creamier or more eggnog-y, it would interfere with my enjoyment of the Yunnan tea and I really like the Yunnan!

The notes of spice are really nicely done here:  accent notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Nothing overpowering.  The spices are but a hint of flavor, just as it would be if you were to drink eggnog.  The eggnog recipes that I know of don’t include cinnamon usually – usually nutmeg but not cinnamon – but I like that hint of cinnamon and I really like the way it plays with the natural spice notes of the Yunnan.

Overall, I enjoyed this tea.  I found that adding a small amount of half & half (about half a teaspoon!) to the cup amplified the creaminess factor significantly without otherwise altering the flavor.  I still got that really lovely Yunnan flavor, wonderfully warm hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and more eggnog flavor with the dash of dairy, so I highly recommend this addition to this tea!

Eggnog Honeybush Blend from 52Teas

EggnogHoneybushTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tisane Description:

So every year at about this time, I start to get upset that I didn’t get more eggnog while it was in the stores.  Please tell me:  why on earth do they only carry eggnog just before Christmas?  I would really like to know.  It’s too delicious not to be able to get it at other times.

So, this is not the same at all, but it’s a pretty darn good substitution if you ask me.  I’ve blended our caffeine-free honeybush with cinnamon chips and some amazing organic eggnog flavors, even a bit of bourbon and brandy flavors tossed in for good measure.

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

When this Eggnog Honeybush Blend was announced as the “Tea of the Week” for January 13, I found myself thinking that honeybush would be the perfect base for eggnog flavors.  The sweet, nutty notes of honeybush would marry nicely with the creamy, custard-y notes of eggnog.

And this is pretty good!  Freshly poured and piping hot, the flavors are kind of muddled, but, after a few minutes of cooling time, I found the flavors really popped.  I can now taste creamy vanilla notes, and an egg-y, custard-y sort of flavor that is really yummy.

The honeybush is indeed the right pairing for the eggnog flavors.  The natural flavors and sweetness of the honeybush work well with the flavors of eggnog as well as the bourbon and brandy notes.  The flavor of the “spirits” here aren’t too strong, tasting as though just a drizzle of booze was added to my glass of eggnog (or perhaps I should say my cup of warm eggnog!)

I am glad that the cinnamon notes here are subtle.  Too much cinnamon and this would have lost it’s “eggnog-y” taste, I think.  However, as I read the above description, I couldn’t help but think that it would be even better with nutmeg.  Nutmeg is my favorite spice, and I add it to almost everything.  And on the very rare occasion that I do have a glass of eggnog (very rare – we’re talking less than once a year – probably closer to once every three years) I always take out a nutmeg nut and grind some fresh nutmeg on top of my eggnog.

So, just to satisfy my own palate because I think it might have been missing the nutmeg, I poured myself a second cup of this Eggnog Honeybush and shaved a little bit of fresh nutmeg over my cup and stirred it and then added a splash of almond milk to the cup.  YUM!  This is the way to serve this tisane.  It’s so good!