Gone are the days of having an Advent Calendar with those waxy fake mini chocolates. There are now so many themed ones available with stuff you actually want (ok, I still want a chocolate one too because it is an excuse for a piece of chocolate daily) but today I am sharing some of the tea Advent Calendars available in Canada.
Tea themed Advent calendars are a great way to get to know a new to you tea company or just find some favourites. You get to try a different tea each day and is lower calories than a chocolate Advent calendar. Always good considering how many baked goods there are around the holidays not to mention party season.
DAVIDsTEA 2016 Tea Advent Calendar
I bought the DavidsTea Advent Calendar last year and loved it. Priced at $40 available exclusively from DavidsTea online or in stores it includes 24 days of tea with a different tea each day. They keep the teas a surprise each day but a full list of teas and ingredients can be found on the packaging. It usually has a great selection of teas with something for everyone and I found some new favourites from mine last year. Rumour has it that there is also a coupon included for $5 off $20 this year so you can pick up some of the teas you love.
Already on presale online for Frequent Steeper members and rumoured to be in some stores, this officially launches on November 1st. I would check now though as they sell out quickly.
Spiced Apple, Santa’s Secret, Snow Day, Cardamom French Toast, Kashmiri Chai, Hot Chocolate, Sweet Almond Green, Green Passionfruit, Serenity Now, Irish Breakfast, Nutty & Spice, Chocolate Covered Almond, English Toffee, Coconut Cream Pie, Creme Caramel Rooibos, Genmaicha, Jumpy Monkey, Bear trap, Forever nuts, Coffee Cake, Ginger Pear, Apple Cider, Sleigh Ride and Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait
Tea Taxi Tea Advent Calendar
Tea Taxi has released their adorable advent calendar for 2016. In a hexagonal box, the Tea Taxi advent calendar costs $32 and includes 24 samples in little recyclable containers. You get a total of 4.93oz of tea, so each sample should make one decent sized cup.
Raspberry Seduction, Japanese Garden, Papaya & Ginger, Biscotti, Cranberry Glow, Pop Goes Life, Jasmine Bud, Jolly Litchi, Goji Frenzy, Classic Sencha, Are you Nuts?, Caramel Oolong, Earl Grey Crème, Christmas Night, Merry Christmas, Irish Pub, Choco-Volcano, Snowball, Daddy Cool, Orange Genious, Red Velvet, C for Citrus, Mango Magic, Tropical Punch
You would think that Teavana would have one, but there does not seem to be any rumours about one other than the Starbucks Advent Calendar which has snacks, not even coffee. The other “advent calendars” offered for tea are either rumours or contain a selection of teas, but are not really Advent Calendars.
For Tea’s Sake 2016 Tea Advent Calendar
Starting with one that is easily accessible to everyone, For Tea’s Sake has a tea Advent Calendar that is available at Chapters-Indigo stores or online for just $35. It contains ten different teas to let the excitement build through the month but give you a second taste of ones you love. Not quite an advent calendar as it doesn’t have windows or boxes to open, but easy to pick up as a gift.
Teas included are: Yule Fuel Eggnog, Cozy Cabin Baked Apple, Let It Snow Early Grey, Sugar Plum Waltz Christmas, Spirit of the Season Chai, Mint Condition, Sleep Well, Let’s Do Breakfast, Let’s Go Green (Jasmine) and Skinny Sip Oolong
Tea Butler 2016 Tea Advent Calendar (Amazon)
Not quite an Advent Calendar according to the reviews on Amazon, but you get 24 teas in a cute display box from Tea Butler and can still try one each day. If you have a Prime Account, shipping is free or add one of the many cute infusers that are always on sale to get free shipping on Amazon.ca without Prime. Prices on Amazon tend to fluctuate but it is $32.79 at time of posting.
It includes a special advent tea plus a selection of their bestsellers and specialty Christmas teas including Fireside dreams, caribbean christmas dream, fairy magic, morning spirit and more.
Fireside dreams, applecake, earl grey, jungle blossom, sea buckthorn-elderberry, white cassis dream, marapaya, marzipan, chai tea, south africa, baked apple, caribbean christmas dream, kalahari, elderberry pearl, lemon-ginger, advent tea, jasmin, strawberry-cream, vanilla deluxe, asia cocktail, fairy magic, morning spirit, darjeeling, english breakfast.
Buy Tea Butler’s 24 Tea Surprises on Amazon here (seems to go in and out of stock)
Rumoured: Tea Forte Tea Advent Calendar
Tea Forte offered this one last year and it was even sold on Groupon for less when it did not sell out. No confirmation on whether they will have one again but it was around $30-40 last year with 24 tea pyramids in a shimmering box. You can still grab the 2015 one from Gourmet Food Store for $61 US but you have to call to get it shipped to Canada.
Caramel Nougat, Moroccan Mint, Rum Raisin Biscotti, Belgian Mint, Winter Spice, Blood Orange, Sencha, Lemon Sorbetti, Chocolate Rose, Cherry Marzipan, Ginger Lemongrass, Harvest Apple Spice, Winter Chai, Peach Brulee, Chamomile Citron, Cherry Cosmo, Spiced Ginger Plum, Wild Apple Ginger, White Cinnamon Sage, Sunrise Breakfast, Flora, Orange Pomegranate, Sweet Orange Spice and Peach Jubilee.