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Shakespeare wrote in the Merchant of Venice (Act II, Scene VII), “all that glisters is not gold” but when the morning sun slips through the window pane, those shafts of sunlight glister on my morning cup.

Two weeks ago, I shared the First 4 Cups of Tea  from a 24 day Advent Calendar my boss has been sharing with me during the work week.  On the fifth day of Christmas Day…

Gold & Glitter is a black tea from China, with lemon peel, cloves, and sugar sprinkles shaped like stars. It smells like a freshly baked apple pie, but the cloves give it a heavy carob flavour. The caffeine level is medium.

Day 6 – Organic North African Mint, a low caffeine, green tea. It contains ginger, peppermint, cardamom, licorice root, fennel, clove, and black pepper. I like peppermint and spearmint, especially with chocolate, but it doesn’t like me. While peppermint is known to soothe many stomach ailments, it actually..ahem…creates some for me. My boss said it was good, and I’ll just have to take his word for it. This tea is kosher.

Day 7 – Organic Saigon Chai is 45% Fair Trade black tea from India, and is kosher. It contains ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pink peppercorns, and cardamom,  with organic vanilla cream. Did you know pink peppercorns are not actually peppercorns? They are dried baie rose or “pink berry” from a shrub commonly known as the Peruvian peppertree. While I liked the list of ingredients, I did not like this tea. It was extremely bitter, and as it cooled, it became even more bitter. I hate to waste tea, even not-so-good tea, but this was nearly inedible.

 Day 8 – Buddha’s Blend is a mixture of white & green teas, and contains jasmine pearls and white hibiscus blossom. It has a slightly higher caffeine content than most green teas. This tea had a delicate perfume and flavour, but like most green teas, becomes bitter as it cools.

 Day 9 – Forever Nuts is a personal favourite. This fruit infusion from Germany is caffeine-free. It contains apple, almond, cinnamon, and beetroot, which gives it a tempting rosy colour. It has a lovely fruity tang with just a hint of almond in every cup.

Forever Nuts

 And last, but not least, Day 10 – Walnut Orange Scone.

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It’s  bit nutty…but in a good way. This low caffeine white tea contains papaya, apple, rosehip peel, walnuts, orange peel and orange blossom. Sometimes orange can overpower any other fruit flavours, but not with this tea. The papaya and orange sang its own notes in harmony, only to be followed subtly by the nutty…walnut, that is. Definately going on my tea “The Wish List”!

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I think it’s safe to say whatever tea is IN MY CUP, “I would not wish any companion in the world but you”. – Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act III, Scene I

It’s time to put the kettle on – Happy Monday!