Day 13 of my do-it-yourself scavenger hunt advent calendar
So, I should preface my review of this tea by saying first that I DO NOT like ginger. That being said, I love gingerbread. Use that information as you wish.
When I first smelled this tea I was happy. Smells like a gingerbread cookie with a hint of…something else. Might have been the honeybush I was smelling, maybe the pineapple pieces. But “something”. Something that doesn’t belong in gingerbread. I also had some missing smells. No nutmeg, no allspice, no cloves, I didn’t even really get a good whiff of cinnamon. Not nearly as “spicy” as I would expect from an actual gingerbread.
The flavour is…not my cup of tea (pun intended). There is DEFINITELY a ginger taste to it, and since I don’t like ginger that was the first tip-off for me. The second was the honeybush. I know they were going for a molasses-type sweetener, but this one failed big-time for me. It’s weird that I really don’t like the honeybush here; I love the DT Honey Bee mate (which prominently features honeybush). I didn’t get any currant in the sample bag, and I’m not too sure what that would have added, anyway. I taste “spice-like flavour”, but I certainly don’t get cinnamon from it. Maybe I just got unlucky on that front, too, and my sample scoop didn’t have any cinnamon pieces in it.
Overall, I don’t HATE it. But since I am not a ginger fan and this is basically a ginger-rooibos tea, I don’t love it. I don’t even really like it. But if you like ginger, this tea just might be your thing. But it’s not mine.
Verdict: won’t be buying.