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Tags: Basilur Tea, Black Tea, Books, Christmas, Gifts, Holidays, Products, Tea
Categories : Products
I wanted to feature this product mainly because I was excited about the idea of its look. There is good and bad news.
Good news – Whereas all Basilur Teas tend to look quite tacky, I think for Christmas a little tackiness won’t do any harm. This new Basilur Christmas Tea Winter Book collection comes in tins in the shape of books! And they are almost like fairy-tale books, with beautiful ornaments, golden accents, with a wintery landscape on the cover and they open like a real book. Inside, the tea is packaged in a bag that looks like pages of a book. There are two volumes available, both are Ceylon black teas. Volume I has additions of cornflower, papaya, jasmine and almond flavor. Volume II on the other hand is with papaya, safflower, marigold and sunflower.
For the bad news – these teas are really no good. They are of poor quality, but worst of all the aromas are quite repelling and not well composed. They are certainly drinkable, and the experience is like drinking regular black tea that has a somewhat strange smell, but they are by no means comparable to fine teas. If I had to choose between the two I would go for Volume II, because Volume I honestly smells like a tomato cake.
I have to admit though, that I absolutely love and adore the book packaging – it’s a great idea that could be taken even further.
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Tags: Christmas, Drinks, Food, Holidays, Recipe, Tea
Categories : Drinks
You can buy many different Christmas Tea blends, but sometimes it’s just much nicer and more fun to make it yourself – and it’s also very easy! Christmas teas usually contain a lot of warming and aromatic spices, because these are the things that remind us of christmas most. However, there are no set rules of how much and what exact ingredients you should use – you are free to use your imagination and improvise.
Below you can find some suggestions on how to get started with your tea and some ideas for creating your own blend
- Black tea (ceylon and assam work great, you can use other tea types, however black is the classic version)
- Red wine or brandy
- Cranberry Juice
- Lemon Juice
- Lemon or orange zest
- Apple pieces
I don’t recommend adding all these ingredients listed above into your tea, you should try your way and see what works best, or what is most suiting for the current mood.
Usually you start with the basic ingredients – use a pan to bring water to a boil along with the ingredients, make sure the sugar dissolves completely. Change to medium heat and add remaining ingredients from the optional list. Cook for a while to bring out the aroma of the ingredients and then you’re ready to serve your home-made, hot Christmas Tea!