That picture above says it all doesn’t it?
This is not a repeat. Celestial Seasonings was kind enough to send me an assortment of teas since my post 3 weeks ago. And I am honored to be recapping them this week, last week, and a couple more down the line.
The Nutcracker Sweet was an uplifting experience. Why so wondrous? Well it was a Christmas gift exchange between some dear friends and myself, which as of this writing concluded a few hours ago.
It’s been a tradition going on for quite a number of years now. I’ve lost touch but that’s besides the point. It’s a tradition I’m ecstatic, humbled, and take comfort in being a part of. I look forward to it every year, more than most dates on the calendar.
No matter how this tea turned out, the event was going to be a success. And in turn everything is going to taste, smell, and feel better. Fortunately this tea is amazing. It’s a simple black tea with cinnamon and vanilla thrown in to concoct a holiday stroke of genius.
The flavors and tastes come together perfectly. When I first opened the package the smell hit me like a Christmas Miracle. That might be a bit dramatic but I think you know what I mean. And after steeping the aromas and fragrances made me feel warm inside. I had multiple cups.
The reindeer mug was one of my gifts and that makes he so happy. How awesome is this? I am thrilled that I broke my present in with such a glorious refreshment.
And how about that packaging? Doesn’t that capture the spirit of the ballet or performance itself?
Actually I’ve never seen the Nutcracker so I have no idea. But I’m assuming yes?
Keeping it simple is what works here. And our gift exchange echoes those sentiments. We enjoyed plenty of tasty treats, beverages, libations, and a nice dinner. But to settle our stomachs, a cup of tea was in order, and I couldn’t think of a better tea to serve that purpose.
The caffeine level is also not as high as I thought which is an added bonus. A little bit never hurt anyone though. And during these hectic holiday times, might be a necessity.
The weather has been slowly turning colder and teas like this can be appreciated it more. Either sharing with the ones you love or in solitude, you can’t go wrong. I am grateful I was a part of the former. The holidays are always better with good company. And I was with some of the best company. I am so thankful for that.
It’s Christmas week and every holiday season seems to have a different feel. This has been a unique one for sure. The temperatures in the Maryland area had been warmer, people have gotten busier and then others have made themselves more available.
I am grateful to be a part of so many universes, yet we are all one. This cup of tea has given a certain zen and tranquility I otherwise may not have. The fellowship of friends heightens that.
There’s so much good I can say about this but I will let the photos do most of the talking.
I wish you a happy holiday week and I sincerely hope you get to spend it with the people you love.
Take good care,