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drank Merry Cranberry by DAVIDsTEA
447 tasting notes

This has the most amazing fruity spice smell, ever. I know it says the liquor is golden green but I was really expecting it to turn red with the amount of cranberries I see in the blend. In this serving I got a gigantic piece of cinnamon the size of the top digit of my thumb- so as huge as a mountain, everyone!I didn’t read the ingredients carefully so it was a surprise to get a licorice scent from the liquid- from the anise.

Drinking it, I’m mainly picking up spicy sweet and something leafy that I can’t place. This is different. I thought it tasted alcoholic at first but it’s just the anise/licorice association. The cranberry-apple sweet notes and this leafy-ness come out more as it goes from hot to warm and reminds me of the Cranberry Pear tea. The anise has a nice sweet component too and I can handle it a lot better than fennel. Tangy sweet aftertaste with cinnamon prevailing throughout… that’s what I get for dumping a jumbo cinnamon stick in! Texture: somewhat oily (safflower) and tingling on lower cheek walls.

This is, without a doubt, a little taste of Christmas and I don’t think I would enjoy it as much out of season. It’s perfect for right now though and making me very excited for the upcoming holiday. Apparently there are mistletoe and green tea leaves in this? I don’t know what mistletoe leaves tastes like but you could have fooled me with the tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

Mistletoe. I wonder if that’s contributing to the taste of Christmas?

CrowKettle

I’d like to think so. What is mistletoe supposed to smell or taste like? I’ve never handled it before. I had another cup of this tonight and this time I got way more green leaves than cranberries and cinnamon. It tastes creamier but I’m not sure if that has anything to do with the mistletoe.

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Kittenna

Mistletoe. I wonder if that’s contributing to the taste of Christmas?

CrowKettle

I’d like to think so. What is mistletoe supposed to smell or taste like? I’ve never handled it before. I had another cup of this tonight and this time I got way more green leaves than cranberries and cinnamon. It tastes creamier but I’m not sure if that has anything to do with the mistletoe.

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I guess I can’t say I’m completely new, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My tea preferences have changed a lot since joining here. I swore I’d never love black teas, and now they make up some of my favourites, both flavoured and unflavoured. I prefer my green and oolong teas buttery and roasted.

A good Silver Needle is my desert island tea.

Ratings:

90-100: A Personal Favourite
80-89: Great, buy 25g
70-79: Enjoyable, may buy more
60-69: OK, with some problems
50-59: Flat, but drinkable
30-49: Possibly better in cooking
1-29: This cup found sink

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BC, Canada

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