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“Nutty” and “Spice” – 2 words that I would use to describe me. You might pick other words and we’re all ok if you keep those to yourself. 🙂

In 2 weeks, I’ll be snuggling in, in my parents’ home…or helping with the last minute preparations that make us all a little nutty. So this morning I’m savouring a warm, cozy cup of Nutty & Spice tea from David’s to help me embrace the holidays…before I embark on another round of errands with the other nuts on the roads and in malls.

This tea is a low-caffeine, oolong tea & fruit/nut blend of roasted almonds, pistachios, walnuts, apples, cranberries, pineapple, and papaya. And for the spices: cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, roasted chicory root, and rose blossom leaves.

Reviews suggested it can be very strong and not to steep it too long or add too much at once. I heeded that advice and I agree. I found the first hot cup was heady and quite pleasant. It wasn’t overly sweet and the roasted nuts and chicory root provided an intoxicating depth of flavour which complimented that traditional spice one would expect in a holiday drink. I got heat without suffering!

The second cup had a much weaker colour, so not being one to waste tea leaves, I popped the infuser in the top of my teapot (with plain black tea waiting to be reheated later in the day).  I was pleasantly surprised with the results as the black tea buoyed up any weakness and I savoured an entire pot of slightly sweet and richly spiced tea.  Mixing black tea with other teas, whether plain or flavoured, can provide you with varied flavour profiles without the expense of buying lots of flavours, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

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Life is nutty; anything can happen. – Paul Shaffer

Happy Monday!