I saw this at our local co-op the other day and picked a box up. I have some of the other holiday blends from Celestial Seasonings, but I could never find this one. I like these teas for when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to make a real cup of tea. It’s easy to just pour some water over the tea bag and let it sit until I have time to get back to it and go. And this one is caffeine-free, so it’s good for those late-night dessert cravings that will be the death of me. I’m cheating with this first cup, though, because I have a few of the most amazing homemade sugar cookies leftover to enjoy with this tea tonight. In all fairness, my mom made them from my grandmother’s recipe and I probably haven’t had one since at my grandmother’s when I was in high school. And my mom nailed the recipe – these cookies are perfect! Taking a bite is like stepping back into my grammy’s kitchen with a couple of these and cup of Red Rose tea. Fluffy and kind of crumbly, but not too much. And perfectly mixed icing that is kind of crunchy but only until you bite into it, and then it’s all amazing sugar cookie heaven . . . that’s my ode to the sugar cookie. Seriously, if anyone loves sugar cookies as much as I do and wants the recipe I’m happy to share!
I was worried that this tea would be a little weak, since the color of the water hardly changed while steeping. It’s not as thin I as expected, and there is a wonderful cookie flavor. There is also a hint of butteriness that is nice. I’m glad that I picked up a box of this. It will be a nice tea to have before bed and it is just sweet enough to count as dessert in my book!
-Large square teabag without a tag.
-Teabag smells lightly of butter and sugar with a hint of orange. Tea liquor aroma is of rich sugar cookie dough.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy pale yellow color.
-Light buttery sugar cookie flavor and finish. Sweet vanilla aftertaste that lingers.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Buttery and sweet sugar cookie flavor. A perfect evening cup before bed.