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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
255 tasting notes

It may be the end of April, but we’ve got frost here. That’s right: FROST! So I decided to try a tea that I might have otherwise saved. This holiday tea is a delight for a chilly morning. It’s not heavy-handed at all, as some holiday teas can be. It’s got some restraint with the cinnamon (how I deplore the unrestrained use of cinnamon!), and genial highlights of clove and orange. It’s nice to taste a “holiday” flavored tea that has such a good blend.

I think this is a good afternoon or evening tea and it would be great for festive moments. Right now I’m feeling about as festive as a lump of clay drying out on an unused and unloved potter’s wheel, so this might not be the moment but I can taste how the nose and mouth must be willing to meet the tea on positive terms. This tea is lifting me up a bit! Well-done!

Thank you so much to LENA who sent me this tea.

Preparation
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Kristin

We’re expecting snow tomorrow. :)

LadyLondonderry

I nearly spat out my coffee at “how I deplore the unrestrained use of cinnamon!” :) My own issue with spiced teas (other than chais) is that many of them are not very milk-friendly, and I have not yet evolved to the point where I can fully enjoy black teas au naturel.

LENA

You are more than welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s really cold here in TN too. I’m currently wearing a longsleeve shirt AND a jacket. I hope my flowers are going to be ok.

Rabs

This is one of the few teas I’d purchased about 2 years ago (sachet form) and really enjoyed it during cold weather. :)

Erin

Frost?! That is amazing! You are so lucky! Where do you live?

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Kristin

We’re expecting snow tomorrow. :)

LadyLondonderry

I nearly spat out my coffee at “how I deplore the unrestrained use of cinnamon!” :) My own issue with spiced teas (other than chais) is that many of them are not very milk-friendly, and I have not yet evolved to the point where I can fully enjoy black teas au naturel.

LENA

You are more than welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s really cold here in TN too. I’m currently wearing a longsleeve shirt AND a jacket. I hope my flowers are going to be ok.

Rabs

This is one of the few teas I’d purchased about 2 years ago (sachet form) and really enjoyed it during cold weather. :)

Erin

Frost?! That is amazing! You are so lucky! Where do you live?

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