558 Tasting Notes
I think this is the tea I received from AmazonV in a recent swap. It was labeled Holiday Spice, but the picture looks like what is inside the bag.
I found this tea rather weak with one sachet/8oz water steeped it for four minutes, it had a mild cinnamon and clove flavor, but not much black tea flavor.
I doubled it to 2 sachets for 8oz water and steeped for five minutes. I think I shouldn’t have steeped it for an extra minute, it brought out a bit of bitterness and there are some smoky notes to it I never would have imagined after the first brew. The cinnamon and clove are certainly more apparent, the scent of almond is hanging around the tea. The hint of smoke is intriguing.
This tin is nearly half full…(half-empty). I must order more soon. Enjoying with a few pieces of rock sugar and a splash of milk. Tastes much better with half and half, but didn’t want to run to the store in the snow just for the half and half. Ahh…I love this tea. Bumped it up several notches in rating, because I have no clue why I rated it so low!
Received a few teabags of this from a swap with French Vanilla. I love the aroma the dry leaf produces (dry bag of leaves produces). It is grape-y, sweet and full of black tea scent.
This tastes like a lighter less astringent black tea sweetened with sweet red grapes and cheap sweet wine. I suppose it doesn’t have to be cheap wine, but it reminds me of the boones farm wine and tea. I wonder if this would make a good tea cocktail if one would use a tea concentrate with vodka or rum. Hmmm…I think I best stick to a satisfying tea. I’m glad I have the opportunity to try this tea.