Wow, what a year! This year, Tea Sparrow discovered some amazing new teas, we held our very first Tea Sparrow Tea-Off in Vancouver, and watched our membership triple! This month, we want to celebrate and are sending you a box with some very special teas we think you’ll love. Our black tea is the classic December tea for us: Florapharm’s Snowflake, black tea mixed with coconut and almond flakes that make it like marzipan for tea-drinkers! We also think you’ll be delighted to try Tea Desire’s Market Spice Sweet Cinnamon – unbelievably sweet and so easy to drink! This month’s green tea is Herbal Republic’s Organic Jasmine: light, refreshing and a nice balance to the very flavourful teas in your box. Finally, Santa’s Secret is right in the palm of your hand – literally. Fruity, spicy, unique, this tea is all you want for Christmas. We made these truffles with it last year and they were incredible! We also bet it would be delicious steeped in a pot with apple juice or mulled wine…yum! However you like your tea this month, we hope you have a beautiful, restful and joyful holiday season.
Organic Santa’s Secret
Description: Cinnamon sweet, Christmas citrus spice. No wonder Santa keeps this one a secret. The Perfect stocking stuffer!
Ingredients: Organic: Apple pieces, Hibiscus, Rose hip, Cinnamon Ceylon, Pears, Quince, Essential Oils, Orange, Cloves, Vanilla.
Health Benefits: The phrase “herbal tea” or “tisanes” usually refers to infusions of fruit or herbs made without the tea plant. Regarding their benefits, apart from being the perfect refreshment on hot summer days, they are also packed with vitamin C. So it’s a great way to get your vitamin C without having to eat all the sugars that come with whole fruits.
Michael, “Christmas in a cup. Apple, cinnamon, and spice – perfect for those that are naughty and nice.”
Herbal Republic’s Jasmine Organic
Description: Sourced from China, this Jasmine Organic tea is floral, smooth and richly flavoured.
Ingredients: Organic green tea, organic jasmine petals.
Health Benefits: Derived from green tea, jasmine has many of same benefits plus more. It has been widely regarded as one of the best ways to natural reduce stress, lower blood pressure and regulate the aging processes. Jasmine has always been very popular among women in China because it protects the skin from harmful UV rays and helps assist in weight loss.
Michael, “So light, so refreshing. This is an easy go-to anytime of day!”
Description: A great blend of black tea with almond gives this tea a Marzipan flavour.
Ingredients: Ceylon and China black tea, coconut rasps, natural flavour, almond flakes.
Health Benefits: Most people don’t realize black tea comes with many of the similar health benefits as green tea, including reduced risk of stroke and heart disease, among many others. As well, black tea is said to increase energy, aid in digestive health and to promote healthy skin and hair. Black tea’s tannins are also great immunity-boosters.
Jenny, “Marzipan rose love. A warm marzipan childhood memory.”
Tea Desire’s Market Spice Sweet Cinnamon
Description: This indulgent infusion combines the rich taste of South African Rooibos with the warming spice of Cinnamon.
Ingredients: Rooibos, cinnamon, and natural aroma.
Health Benefits: This incredibly flavoured caffeine-free tea is growing quickly in popularity but did you know that it also contains high amounts of antioxidants? Although the antioxidants found in rooibos tea are different from those in green tea, they are still known to fight off free radicals in the body. Rooibos tea is also known to fight off cardiovascular disease, liver disease and lower blood pressure.
Jenny, “It’s sweet soulful cinnamon dancing on my tongue.”