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Sample 2/7

Wow! This hasn’t even been put in the data base til now. I’m really getting anxious for my December vacation for my best friend’s wedding (37 days!) so I reached for this for my daily milk consumption.

The dry leaf smells very strongly of spice and just a hint of fruitiness.

16oz cuppa: 2.5tsp, 8oz water, 8oz Smart Balance Milk

Ok… I’m worried. I steeped in in only half the total liquid it calls for and the liquor is really light. Here goes nothing.

Yummm! What a wonderful suprise! I love how my brain works though. My immediate reaction when I took my 1st sip was “Hmm… it’s like a nutty, spicy, hot egg nog without the eggyness”. Anyway, it’s insanely good. It’s not chai like, but I could see myself switching to this for the month of December. And the orange is light enough that it does NOT taste like a hot creamsicle which is a major plus for me. I’ll wait to rate it til I try it clean.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

oooh, a tea you might switch to? I’ve got to try this one! And hot egg nog like drink without the eggyness? This is going on my wishlist for sure!!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

This sounds very good and right up my alley.

Caitlin

This sounds delicious! And I know that hot creamsicle flavor you are talking about – don’t know why orange teas seem to fall into that.

Cofftea

lol! Yes, I may switch,but ONLY around Christmas time (don’t worry Frank)

RachanaC, this prep definitely gets a 100- it even has a different texture. It’s amazing

Caitlin it’s cuz orange+ milk= creamsicle so of course it would be a hot creamsicle. I love Market Spice chai (mainly cuz it’s a Seattle blend, not so much for the actual flavor), but I just can’t bring myself to add milk to it.

Jaime

I’ll be getting some of this one with my next order!

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Meghann M

oooh, a tea you might switch to? I’ve got to try this one! And hot egg nog like drink without the eggyness? This is going on my wishlist for sure!!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

This sounds very good and right up my alley.

Caitlin

This sounds delicious! And I know that hot creamsicle flavor you are talking about – don’t know why orange teas seem to fall into that.

Cofftea

lol! Yes, I may switch,but ONLY around Christmas time (don’t worry Frank)

RachanaC, this prep definitely gets a 100- it even has a different texture. It’s amazing

Caitlin it’s cuz orange+ milk= creamsicle so of course it would be a hot creamsicle. I love Market Spice chai (mainly cuz it’s a Seattle blend, not so much for the actual flavor), but I just can’t bring myself to add milk to it.

Jaime

I’ll be getting some of this one with my next order!

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1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

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