Must Have Tea for Christmas: Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea from Pahadi Tea

Pahadi Tea Granny's Spiced Plum Black Tea

Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea: The Perfect Christmas Tea

If you’re in love with this time of year even half as much as I am, you’re beside yourself right now.

I know the feels – I’m beside myself beside myself.

Whether it’s a meal with your family, decorating the tree, or wrapping presents, everything has to be just right. As you’d imagine, a “Crazy Tea Chick” wants everything just right with the tea she serves too. After all, when you’re a “tea lover,” you have an image to maintain.

I was recently sent a few samples of Pahadi Tea to review on the tea blog. I’ve brewed one, so far, and am crazy – as in over the moon crazy – about it.

The beautiful tea you see here is Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea and it is simply wonderful.

Pahadi Tea Granny's Spiced Plum Black Tea

Sun-Dried Plum Bits, Cloves, Cinnamon Bark….

I was hooked the minute I opened the pouch and saw the bits of plum and smelled the cinnamon and cloves – my tea fueled brain said, “This is going to be extra special,” and (naturally) it was right.

This delicious Darjeeling Spicy Plum Tea comes from an area where the finest teas in the world are grown – the district of Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills.

If you think that sounds exotic, just wait until you taste it.

Pahadi Tea Granny's Spiced Plum Black Tea

Perfect Tea for ANYTIME But Essential for Christmas!

When I first tasted Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea, the first thought to come to mind was, “This tea tastes like Christmas.” Second thought: “I love that this tea tastes like Christmas.” After that, there were no more thoughts, just pure enjoyment of a beautiful, delicious tea.

I knew that the review would simply HAVE to come from a “perfect tea for Christmas” standpoint simply because it is. If Christmas had a tea to symbolize the season, this would be it.

Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea would be ideal for…

  • Warming up after an afternoon Christmas shopping.
  • Enjoying while decorating the tree.
  • Relaxing beside the fireplace and/or Christmas tree.
  • Add a little steamed milk and you’d have a Christmas Tea Latte that any coffeehouse would envy.

While I have pretty much christened it the tea of the Christmas season, I want to hasten to add this… Granny’s Spiced Plum Tea would be more than welcome in my kitchen any time of year. I haven’t tried it iced yet, but I suspect it’d be amazing.

One of the beautiful things about tea that’s so full of flavor is that it needs no sweetener. Anytime you can “uninvite” sugar to your tea party is a grand thing.

Pahadi Tea Granny's Spiced Plum Black Tea
From Pahadi Tea:

This tea comes from the area where the finest teas in the world are grown-the district of Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills. The high-altitude, rich soil and ideal weather contribute to the unique flavor and character of this rare coveted brew relished internationally. Grown exclusively in select 87 tea plantations, Darjeeling is popularly known as the ‘Champagne of Teas’ and is the first product from India to be granted protection under geographical indication (GI) in view of its uniqueness recognized worldwide.

Most tea plants in Darjeeling are of the smaller leaf Camellia sinensis var. sinensis, rather than the larger leaf var. assamica, more commonly grown throughout the rest of India.

While classified as a black tea, Darjeeling teas are almost always less oxidized than a typical black tea. The unique flavor of Darjeeling comes from Chinese tea genetics mixing with Indian terroir—plus the intricacies of harvesting and processing. It’s lighter and less astringent than most black tea, but more layered and complex than most greens.

Packed in Tempe, AZ, USA  – Read More

Steeping Directions: Steep for 5 minutes, 208°F. For stronger flavor, steep longer.  (I found it to be absolutely perfect at 5 minutes.)

Granny’s Spiced Plum Black Tea Description: Sun-dried ripened plum bits, aromatic cloves and cinnamon bark – blended with finest Darjeeling black tea.

I hope you’ll go right to Pahadi’s Website and order your own Granny’s Black Spiced Plum Tea today. Trust me, you’ll want plenty for the holidays.

Perfect Christmas Tea from Pahadi Tea: Granny's Spiced Plum Black Tea!


Firepot Italian Earl Grey Black Tea Review (Another Winner from Firepot)

Firepot Italian Earl Grey Black Tea
Any tea lover knows that drinking tea isn’t just about quenching your thirst.  It’s not just about enjoying a delicious flavor or reaping the many health benefits that come with each sip.

Drinking tea is more about an experience than anything else. Do the above benefits ride along with each cup? You bet your teapot they do, but take the Crazy Tea Chick’s word for it, tea is more than a beautiful drink… it’s a beautiful experience.

So, with that in mind, ask yourself, “Am I allowing myself to have as many varied experiences that tea would allow me to have or am I having the same limited experiences I’m permitting myself to have?”

Tough question. After all, we are pretty much creatures of habit, aren’t we?  Most of us order the same drinks each time at Starbucks (for me, it’s a Chai Tea Latte if it’s cold and a Green Tea Frapp if it’s hot). We generally favor the same restaurants and often even order the same meal each time.

Creatures. Of. Habit.

When it comes to brewing and enjoying tea, however, there are simply too many delicious options to pin yourself down to the same old tea each and every time. You could conceivably have a different type of tea each morning for an entire month, while enjoying a different one each evening.

I’ve been enjoying (understatement of all understatements) Firepot Nomadic Teas and have fallen completely in love with the complexities and personalities of each of the different teas.  Even after a lifetime of obsessing over tea, I’m still learning about different kinds of tea, different steeping preferences of individual teas, and (most importantly) the different experiences each tea creates.

Firepot Italian Earl Grey Black Tea
Firepot Italian Grey Black Tea
In the same way wine drinkers prefer a certain wine with a certain meal, there are actually certain teas that compliment certain moments.

I enjoy a hot cup of green tea or herbal tea most in the evening – when my tea cup and I are bringing the day to a close. It’s relaxing, peaceful, and downright cozy.

When it comes to the day’s early hours, I prefer cups of tea with more energy and pizzazz – Earl Grey,  Lady Grey, Firepot Breakfast Tea,  etc. Teas that serve as rally cries for my get up and go.

These are the teas I turn to right up to suppertime. I’ve found a new favorite that I’ve thrown into the mix and you see it pictured here. This beautiful tea is Firepot Nomadic Tea’s Italian Grey Black Tea and he’s quite special.

Earl Grey tea has always struck me as an especially wonderful tea. There’s a hint of a peppery flavor that, if we’re being  honest, I kinda live for.

Having said that, until I tried Firepot’s Italian Earl Grey Black Tea, I’d never been able to bring myself to drinking it black. I’d always mix it with warm milk and a little sugar and drink it as a type of Chai Tea Latte… without the Chai.

If you’ve never had an Earl Grey tea made this way, do it.. it’s spectacular.

However, I knew I’d be reviewing the  Italian Earl Grey Black Tea, so I wanted to try it both in a latte and black. After the first sip, I realized that I had no idea Earl Grey tea could be so completely and utterly delicious on its own without its co-stars milk and sugar.

Fact is, Firepot Italian Earl Grey Tea doesn’t need a supporting cast. It’s a beautiful tea experience all by itself.

If you’re accustomed to pretty much the same old tea (methods of brewing, types of tea, brands of tea…), do yourself a huge favor and open up a whole new world of possibili -teas

I whole-heartedly recommend any and all of the Firepot Nomadic Teas – and this wonderful Italian Earl Grey should be one of the first you try. It makes a fantastic cup of tea, all on its own but it also makes the best Earl Grey Latte I’ve ever had.

You’ll be seeing plenty more Firepot reviews here on Crazy Tea Chick soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out the ones I’ve done to date:

Firepot Italian Earl Grey Black Tea

Review of the Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

In its official capacity, you’d call it the Bonavita Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle, but in our kitchen it’s more often referred to as the “how’d we ever live without this guy?”  We brew so much coffee and tea in our kitchen it smells and sounds like a coffeehouse in here most of the time.  Seriously, the air bristles with caffeine.

Is it any wonder it’s my favorite room in our house?

Anyone who’s serious about their tea and coffee knows that getting the temperature right is everything.  Ironically, the average person brews their coffee and tea without a second thought about the actual water temperature.  I used to be the same way, actually.

Then it hit me one day: Why do I realize the importance of the right temperature for everything else I make – from fudge to catfish – and yet treat water temperature for these all important beverages like it’s an after thought?

Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle


I didn’t have a good answer for my interrogating question, so I caved in and began meticulously checking my water temperature beforehand.  The fact that both tea and coffee were noticeably better when using the right temperature was all I needed to keep testing the waters, so to speak.

But it was so annoying to have to keep checking the temperature of the water.  If all you’re doing is brewing one pot of tea and that’s all you have to do in the world, then fine… check, check, and re-check.  But given the fact that I’m usually doing a good six things at once, I don’t want life to be tougher, I want it to be simpler.

That’s where the “how’d we ever live without this guy” steps into the picture and saves the day. Sure, it rode in on an Amazon box instead of a white horse, but he’s a hero nonetheless.

Why the Crazy Tea Chick Loves the Bonavita Electric Kettle:

  • 1000 watts makes for unbelievably quick heating – throw the proverb, “A watched pot never boils” right out the window. It does boil – almost instantly if you have a Bonavita.
  • Real-time temperature display – you can see how close you are to your desired temperature.
  • You can “hold” your water at the desired temperature for up to 60 minutes!
  • The Gooseneck shape of the kettle is ideal for precisely pouring water over tea leaves or coffee grounds.

When it comes to brewing tea, water temperature is as important as the oven temperature you use to bake. If you’re familiar with baking, you know that the oven temperature is everything – get it the least bit too hot or not quite hot enough and your cake, cookies, pie, or whatever is doomed.

The right temperature is as essential when it comes to brewing tea (and coffee) as it is when baking. If you’re a “temperature guesser” like I was pre-Bonavita, you may be thinking (just as I did) that your teas are just fine.  Take it from me, you could park a yacht between “just fine” and “as good as possible.”

A big yacht.

The importance of water temperature is never more essential than it is when dealing with tea leaves.  The good news is water temperature doesn’t have to be complicated. Products like this Bonavita Electric Kettle see to that.

The handsome Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle will make your tea and coffee brewing life so much easier you’ll also call him “how’d we ever live without this guy,” and you just go right ahead – it’s not like we have a copyright or anything.

The Bonavita Electric Kettle would also make a wonderful gift for the tea and/or coffee lovers in your life.

Bonavita Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Firepot Masala Chai Tea Concentrate Review (Delicious!)

Firepot Masala Chai Tea Latte

Firepot Masala Chai Spiced Black Tea Concentrate

I’d hate to think of living in a world without Chai Tea Lattes, but having said that, a bad Chai Tea Latte makes me want to curl up in a corner and cry.

I’m nothing if not dramatic.

While finding a truly great Chai Tea Latte in coffeehouses can, itself, prove challenging, making one at home can be almost impossible. Fortunately, there are a few concentrates out there that actually “get it.”  They understand that a Chai Tea latte should taste exotic and distinct.  They “get” that one sip should take your taste buds to a beautiful far away land and they “get” that drinking a chai tea latte should be an experience. A very special experience.

Did I ever tell you I was obsessed with Chai Tea Lattes?

Firepot Nomadic Tea “gets” Chai Tea and Chai Tea Lattes as well as anyone could possibly get them.

I made my first Chai Tea Latte using Firepot’s Masala Chai Tea concentrate yesterday. By the time I made one this afternoon, it was my third. You could say I kinda freaking love them to the point of wanting to buy a new cat just so I can name him Firepot.

If, like the Crazy Tea Chick, you experiment with a lot of different Chai Teas and Chai Tea Lattes, you know that – like people –  each has its own distinct personality.

You’re also well aware that – again like people! – some personalities are more pronounced and agreeable than others.

I recently had a Chai Tea Latte in a beautiful little coffee house that was totally devoid of a personality. Reminded me of some people I’ve met. I vowed to avoid their Chai Tea Lattes in the future like I avoid the people it reminded me of.

Firepot’s Masala Chai Tea, by contrast, is loaded with personality. If it were a human, it’d be the life of the party.

Firepot Masala Chai Tea Concentrate and Latte

Firepot Masala Chai Tea Concentrate and Latte

Why the Crazy Tea Chick is ALL About Chai Tea Lattes:

When I go to coffeehouses, I almost always order a tea-related drink. I guess that’s the sort of thing you’d expect from a Crazy Tea Chick, right? But there are more methods behind my madness than just being obsessed with tea.

  1. I live with my own personal barista/coffee expert. My husband, in a stroke of beautiful luck for me, has a couple of hobbies he’s especially passionate about. Coffee is one of them.  While I don’t benefit from his love of golf, I benefit daily from his great knowledge of and appreciation for coffee. He brews our coffee each day (with various methods he selects for each coffee bean).  So… you know… why bother ordering coffee if great coffee is already part of your daily routine?
  2. As someone with asthma, I’ve found that a piping hot Chai Tea Latte almost always clears me up when I’m having trouble breathing. I just make a Chai Tea Latte and normal breathing is restored by the time I finish my cup.
  3. I’m one of those annoying cold natured people who seldom think the heat can possibly be set high enough. If I’m not toasty, I’m not convinced it’s warm enough.  Chai Tea Lattes actually warm you up from the inside out.  Try one on the next really cold day. I promise you, you’ll feel like you’re sitting beside a fireplace enjoying a beautiful drink. That’s what I call the Chai Tea Latte experience.

From Firepot Nomadic Tea:

Inspired by an ancient recipe from Northern India, our masala chai (meaning spiced tea) has won the hearts and captured the tastebuds of Firepot devotees for almost two decades. Our exotic and aromatic spices are hand-blended and freshly ground for a uniquely vivid and balanced taste.  Read More….

Making a beautiful, exotic, and insanely flavorful Chai Tea Latte in your own home couldn’t be simpler with Firepot’s Masala Chai Tea Concentrate – you simply combine equal parts of the concentrate and milk (skim, whole, Lactose Free, soy…) in a saucepan and bring them to the desired temperature you’re looking for.

You could, of course, also simply drink the Chai Tea Latte cold.

To add a little loveliness to the production, you could top it off with a small amount of whipped cream or frothed milk.

I actually make all of my Chai Tea Lattes in a Breville Milk Frother (pictured in the sidebar).  I pour in 1 cup of the concentrate and 1 cup of milk, push the button and wait semi-patiently with my cup in hand.

Firepot Masala Chai and Rooibos Concentrates
In a wicked short amount of time, I have a frothy, delicious, piping Chai Tea Latte. And when the Chai Tea is as excellent as Firepot’s is, it’s truly a beautiful thing.  Sometimes I top Chai Tea Lattes off with a little cinnamon or nutmeg. I did so with Firepot’s Masala Chai Tea the first time I made it (pictured in the purple gradient mug). However, by the time I made it the second time, I realized it needed no help from me or my cinnamon or nutmeg, so they stayed in the cabinet.

Firepot Masala Chai Tea is packed with beautiful layers of flavor. Each sip is a total and complete experience and makes me fall in love with Chai Tea Lattes over and over again.

This Chia Tea fanatic strongly urges you to buy a bottle of Firepot’s Masala Chai Tea concentrate and take your taste buds on an exotic excursion. If you’re already a fan of Chai Tea Lattes, you’ll be blown away by the unique flavors Firepot brings to Chai Tea. If you’re new to Chai Tea Lattes, brace yourself – you’re going to have a new obsession.

Also See:  My Firepot’s Breakfast Tea Review

Firepot Masala Chai Tea Concentrate and Latte
Firepot Masala Chai Tea

Firepot Breakfast Black Tea Review

Firepot Nomadic Teas
Firepot Nomadic Teas: Breakfast Tea

I’m currently trying to break a lifelong addiction and it’s been about as easy as pulling teeth from a silverback gorilla. Sweet Tea and I have been together a long time and saying goodbye is anything but easy.  Ever since I discovered that my “innocent” glass of sweet tea has as many calories as a glass of Coke, I’ve tried to drink all of my tea unsweetened.

Fortunately, I’ve figured something out. If you brew and drink really good tea, you don’t miss the sugar.

At all.

As you may know, I’m not just a “crazy tea chick,” I’m also a “crazy coffee chick” – I just don’t have the website to prove it. Kaldi’s Coffee is, I guess,what you’d have to call my “go to” coffee.  You know, the brand you grab when you want your coffee to be on its very best behavior.  In fact, my favorite coffee in the world is Kaldi’s Birds and Bees Blend.  Sorry, Starbucks, but that’s just the facts of life.

When I read that Kaldi’s now sells Firepot Nomadic Teas, I knew I needed to try them immediately. If Kaldi’s believes Firepot Teas are wonderful enough to sell on their website and in their shops,  that tells me all I need to know.

Firepot Nomadic Teas

Firepot Loose Leaf Teas

Firepot Nomadic Teas

Firepot Teas include a couple of wonderful Chai Teas (Chai tea lattes are one of the reasons I get out of bed each morning) as well as a beautiful line of loose leaf teas.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be reviewing each of these beautiful teas on Crazy Tea Chick. But first, I’d like to introduce you to Firepot Nomadic Teas.

Remember the first time you ever had a really good cup of coffee? The first time you tasted artisan bread or a great bottle of estate grown wine? You instinctively knew that you were experiencing something more wholesome and real.

This is the experience of Firepot Nomadic Teas. We offer teas so extraordinary that they change the way you think about tea! We delight in sharing the discovery of unforgettable teas with our customers, our tribe. – Firepot Nomadic Teas (Click the link to read more of their story)

The first Firepot tea I chose to brew was Firepot Breakfast Tea.  I loved it so much it’s also the one I brewed second.

And third.

Black tea is a beautiful thing, and when the blend is as beautiful and delicious as the Breakfast Black Tea blend from Firepot, you actually find that “beautiful thing” is an understatement.  Simply put, it’s what a cup of tea should taste like.

Firepot Breakfast Tea will make you fall in love with Black Tea all over again.


Firepot Breakfast Tea

Firepot Breakfast Tea


From the Back of the Box:

Some say that it was just one cup of a uniquely bold and brisk tea served to Queen Victoria at Scotland’s Balmoral Castle that spurred her love affair with this style of tea. Our classic English Breakfast blend combines a rich, malty SFTGFOP (Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) tea from Assam with golden Ceylon Pekoe from Sri Lanka’s famed Uva region. This noble tea can stand alone, but also pairs well with milk and sugar.

I’ve enjoyed this Breakfast blend hot as well as iced and honestly can’t decide which I prefer. They’re both exceptional.  Served hot or cold, the tea doesn’t need one single grain of sugar. Served hot, I love a little honey to sweeten the deal and, because I’m all about presentation, I often float a little slice of lemon or orange in my cup.

I’m fancy like that.

Steeping Directions:

Steep 2 teaspoons of Firepot Breakfast in 1 cup (8oz) of 205° F water for 4 minutes and strain. Makes 1-2 infusions. For 205° F water, boil then let cool 1 minute.

I’ve gotten 2 perfect infusions each time I’ve made Firepot Breakfast.

Order your own Firepot Breakfast Tea by visiting Firepot’s beautiful website. Tell them the Crazy Tea Chick sent you.

Firepot Breakfast Tea

Firepot Breakfast Tea is Delicious Hot or Iced

Also See:  My Firepot Masala Chai Review

Adorable Teapot: “Zero” From Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas

Teapot Zero Nightmare Before Christmas
SO CUTE! The adorable Ceramic “Zero” Teapot , pictured above, is based on one of the most lovable characters in Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas.

This beauty makes a great collector’s gift for any Disney and/or teapot collector.


  • Teapot measures 7.25″ high and has a 26oz. capacity
  • High quality ceramic design; functional and decorative
  • Officially licensed Disney product & design
  • A great collector’s gift

See Ceramic “Zero” Teapot for more information.

Doctor Who Teapot: What a Great Gift Idea!

Doctor Who Tardis Teapot

I have a confession to make – I have never seen a single episode of the insanely popular Doctor Who. As far as I’m concerned, I have no idea WHO Doctor WHO is! And yet… I am so in love with this adorable Doctor Who Tardis Teapot, I’m beside myself.

This beautiful collector’s item is fashioned after the time machine in the BBC TV show Doctor Who.

Wait? Time machine? What have I been missing?!?!

See Doctor Who Tardis Teapot for more information while I go look into catching up on Netflix!

Teavana Large PerfecTea Tea Maker

Teavana PerfecTea Tea Maker

The Teavana Large PerfecTea Tea Maker  makes four 8oz cups of tea at once,  making life infinitely easier for us who are crazy about tea.  While I love the tea makers that produce one cup at a time… I’m infatuated with this particular tea maker for realizing that I never stop at one cup.


  • New and improved Large PerfecTea Maker II
  • Integrated, removable stainless steel tea strainer for easy cleaning
  • BPA free
  • Works for making hot or iced tea
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • Makes four 8 oz cups at once, 32 oz total

The beautiful Teavana Large PerfecTea Tea Maker steeps tea quickly and drains out the bottom straining the used leaves. While it would make a perfect gift for any tea lover, you’ll want to grab one for yourself first.

Find other great Teavana products on Amazon!

Beautiful Lemon Yellow Tea Kettle

Yellow Teapot
The beautiful Lemon Yellow Tea Kettle, shown here, is ridiculously good-looking. Bright, colorful, eye-catching, and downright cheerful, it has moved to the top of my “must have” list.

The adorable Calypso Basics 2-Quart Enamel-on-Steel tea kettle is actually available in a wide variety of colors (black, white, orange, lime, blue and a beautiful shade of pink that I’m pretty nuts about too). Each is available on Amazon – if you click through the link above (or here!), you can see each of the gorgeous colors available.

If you go with the lemon yellow, you might also be interested in the Lemon Shape Cutting Board with Knife, pictured below.

The Health Benefits of Tea are Staggering…

Given the fact that you’re here… on a tea blog…. leads me to believe that you’re as crazy about tea as I am. So I’ll skip telling you how delicious, refreshing, and absolutely perfect tea is – you already get that.

I’ll skip right to something you may not fully realize and that is this: Our favorite drink is as good for us as it is to us.

All tea (black, green, white, red, and oolong) – whether it’s iced or hot – is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols. Think of polyphenols as little superheroes that battle free radicals. Free radicals (the villains) have one thing in mind: damaging our cells and tissues and, thereby, increasing our risk of heart disease, cancer, and countless other diseases.

The polyphenols battle these guys before they have a chance to harm us.

What’s more, pholyphenols in tea help lower LDL cholesterol.

Catechins (which green tea, in particular, is loaded with) have been shown to improve triglyceride levels and may help protect against Alzheimer’s and certain forms of cancer.

Decaffenated tea is also a healthy option. As for herbal teas, they don’t offer the same health benefits as the teas named above but they’re still BY FAR healthier than drinking soft drinks and diet soft drinks.

Photo Credit: The Tea image at the top is a fun art print available online. Click through for a closer look.