November’s teas are about moments, and treasuring those moments.
The holiday season is upon us! All month long, Amoda Monthly Tea Box subscribers have been enjoying robust seasonal flavours with a little holiday spice too. With so much wind-swept weather, it’s nice to have an array of calm and vigorous teas to keep ourselves company.
Each of these teas provide their own unique moment. Whether you’re kickstarting your busy day, or preparing for sleep, each tea will give you a moment, just a little time to pause. Life is never perfect, and is susceptible to change -- and that’s why it’s always important to appreciate the moment that tea allows.
We invite everyone to give themselves a moment with these excellent November tea blends.
This is calmness in a cup. Oolong is a semi-oxidized tea known for its sweet aftertaste. This blend contains orange peel, and therefore has a clear citrus flavour. Cinnamon chips, cloves, marigold, and calendula combine to create a flavour that is earthy, nutty, and floral. This one lingers long.
Lemon and ginger are strong flavours, but tulsi blends well with them! Known as the “Queen of Herbs”, tulsi is an aromatic shrub in the basil family. An adaptogen, it helps your body adapt to stress. But what does tulsi taste like? All at once, it’s minty, buttery, with a natural sweetness. Together, this blend is warm, sweet, spicy, and almost peppery.
One great thing about being a tea lover is discovering brave and bold new experiments that take us by surprise. Purple tea is a result of a recent transformation found in Kenya in which the leaves naturally appear purple instead of green! These purple leaves are the result of anthocyanins, an antioxidant that also causes grapes to likewise turn purple. Cacao, which is also high in antioxidants, tastes great with purple tea. This combination is at once grassy, umami, earthy, chocolatey and sweet. Naturally low in caffeine, this is the perfect after dinner tea.
Hojicha is a summer harvest green tea that is gently roasted. The result is mellow, smooth, and reminiscent of coffee. It is incredibly popular in Japan! Included in this hojicha blend is ginger root, lemon peel, rosemary, calendula, and chamomile. This blend has gentle citrus, a soft spiciness, with just a little bit of bite. An excellent bedtime beverage.
Ceylon green tea is slightly more brisk than its Chinese and Japanese counterparts, which is why it works so well with almonds, brazil nuts, and vanilla bean. This robust blend is creamy, nutty, and slightly fruity. Diced apple and calendula give this tea more dimension. Don’t over steep! The nuts can be quite drying when steeped too long. Allergen: nuts.