December 2016 I watched in envy for 24 days. Fellow tea lovers opened their various advent calendars, and shared their tea adventures with the online tea community. December 2017, I join the fun!
Join me on my 24 day journey with the Westholme Tea Farm Advent Calendar!
A great start to my 24 days of tea! Every morning, without fail, I start my day with an earl grey! This particular one is made with whole leaf Assam and Italian cold-pressed organic bergamot oil. The flavour harnesses the strength I search for, but rarely find. A fancy treat! It's gonna be hard going back to my normal earl.
Like tea, yerba mate is packed with caffeine and antioxidants. These mate leaves have been roasted and mixed with classic chai ingredients; cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and cloves. Mate isn't my favourite thing to drink, but mixed with spices and a little honey, this earthy, spicy tea is grounding.
A comforting mix of lemongrass, nettle leaf, red clover, linden leaf and flowers, rose petals, elder flowers and stevia. The initial aroma radiates hay and chamomile, but the flavour is sweet and floral.
Keemun Mao Feng
"Mao Feng", meaning fur peak, is a high quality Chinese black tea. The flavour is perfect for my taste buds; rich and smooth with smoked, toasted notes combined with hints of stone fruit.
A sweet mix of hojicha, Japanese green tea, vanilla bean and rose petals. An aesthetically beautiful tea, but not my favourite so far.
A wonderful, festive mix of classic chai ingredients (ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, orange peel, black pepper and cloves), swapping out the black tea for a simple rooibos. The strong sweet scent of rooibos often gives me a headache, but the spices covered this, turning the rooibos from sweet and sickly into a raw, earthy chai.
Drum Mountain White Cloud
Just look at those white fluffy buds! These beauts are grown at a Buddhist monastery in the Drum mountains (hence the name!) of China. Also known as Gu Shan Bai Yun. The flavour is gentle, almost melodic, sweet, fragrant and dry.
Nilgiri Orange Pekoe Korakundah Estate
Grown at nearly 8000ft, this estate is one of the highest tea gardens in the world! The tea is characteristically bold and lively, giving it a great kick for a wake-me-up tea. Personally, I like a mild black tea, so I took this with good dash of milk.
After recent bad experiences with puerh, I was excited to see how this mini puerh cake would compare. The actual quality of the leaf was pretty much dust, while the smell was distinctly earthy and not overly appealing. However... the taste more closely resembled a black tea, with an intricate addition of rich, earthy notes. I think it will take some getting used to, but overall a far better experience when compared to the mouldy, peaty flavour of other puerh.
"Gonna take some time to do the things we never had..." - Sorry, had to put that in, I've had it stuck in my head all. day. long. >.< Anyway, aside from my brain replaying song lyrics in my head... this blend of rooibos, lavender, vanilla bean and orange peel , was a delight! It smells sweet like marzipan, but once steeped the relaxation vibes come out to play.