When I proclaimed I’d increase my tea consumption earlier this year, I meant it. Notwithstanding the considerable slow down over the summer, as I require a chilly night to truly enjoy a warm cuppa, I have elevated my tea game and branched out with a few flavored blends. Why yes, that is the one ring to rule them all in the photo above. And now I should admit, this gorgeous boxed trilogy belongs to my husband for I’m ashamed to say, I have never read The Lord of the Rings. Feel free to mock and shun, but I do enjoy the movies immensely and saw them all at the theater on opening weekend. Not the same? Ah well, I’ll add it to my tbr.
Wizard’s Grey tea- sample tin, $5 for 5 cups. Earl Grey Moonlight, blackberry, chocolate
I find myself reaching for Earl Grey most often, preferring my teas black, robust and in the words of a fellow tea drinker, tooth-stainy. The inclusion of chocolate makes it a less-potent black tea that yields more of a dessert blend. Thick and rich, the frothy vanilla cream subdues the typical bitter notes of Earl Grey. After the creaminess ebbs, blackberry adds a playful character while the cocoa brings more nose than taste to the table. Smooth, well-rounded flavor makes this a swoon-worthy tea for both traditional tea drinkers and those craving sweetness.The flavor text on the tin is a lil’ squinty, it reads, “brews precisely when it means to”, such a perfectly Gandalf touch!
*If you want to try this tea, it is available on Adagio teas, in sample sizes, pouches and beautifully detailed larger tins. There is an abundance of fandom options available, including other LOTR blends.
Aun-Juli Riddle (that is her real and true last name) not only creates the story-inspired teas, and bookish merchandise for her shop, but she is also an incredible artist who designs hand-painted labels, on top of submitting custom teas and art for Adagio, such as Wizard’s Grey above. Riddle’s Tea has recently gotten into the subscription box arena and I may have requested the premiere box as a Christmas wish; if Santa delivers, I will excitedly share the contents here. Riddle’s Tea Shoppe is having one last restock of goods Tues Dec. 5th at 9 am PST, noon EST before taking a holiday break.Starting with looseleaf Polyjuice Potion, a blend of green tea, orange slices, natural spices, natural vanilla, cinnamon bark, ginger, apple pieces. Second to black tea, I will partake of a green brew now and again. A fragrant green can be soothing while winding down at night or when fighting off a cold.
Gently spiced medley of sweet and tangy thanks to the vanilla and chewy apple bits. I portioned my usual tea infuser’s worth, but it brewed a light-bodied watery feel on the palate. With an ambrosial aroma I appreciate rather than the potpourri scent of some overly spiced teas. Clean and delicate, but too timid in flavor for my taste. It might provide a sweet pick-me-up for those who prefer a mild cuppa.If you’re curious about that eye-catching mug back there and where you can get one, the Magical Cauldron Mug is a Riddle’s Tea Shoppe original. I’m not sure if it’s available for tomorrow’s restock, I acquired mine from a pre-order in October. It’s $14, camp-style with black-rimmed smooth enamel and is pretty subatantial. The saying is fitting as I can just imagine any Hogwarts professor reciting such wisdom, not to mention Gandalf the wise wizard himself.
RTS sports the best themed business card, hands-down. These products would be right at home in Hogsmeade.Full ingredients are listed on the tea’s apothecary label, along with some helpful hints for brewing up a proper potion.The water-colored whimsy of the labels provide a detailed personal touch that I adore in this brand. Sample packets are $2.50 and make 3 cups.
I’ve yet to catch The Lucky Snitch for a taste as I wanted to tempt with these items before Riddle’s closes for the holidays on Wednesday. Since it’s a mix of some of my favorite flavors of black, peppermint and cocoa, I have full confidence I will enjoy sipping the stimulating blend.
Which teas or beverages provide you with soothing sustenance this time of year? Have a favorite Lord of the Rings quote to share and taunt me with what I’m missing? If so, do dispense, and cheers to more books and tea.