172 Tasting Notes
I had been looking for this tea this year and had trouble finding it. Found it on an end cap today and snagged it, should’ve grabbed two!… but wasn’t sure how’d I’d like it.
It seems like I may have had some of this around last year, but not sure what happened to it. Living in Indiana, we get the occasional mouse in the house.. eeks!!… and I’m thinking it was in the drawer I had to discard a few items from. Luckily we are good at getting rid of the rascals!
I’ve been eager to try this again, but somewhat skeptical since I don’t care too much for iced peppermint tea- much prefer spearmint! I’m also not a big fan of green teas, unless there are other flavors to blend with it, as in this tea. It smells nice while it steeps and makes me think Christmas in a cup. It is a nice change to my usual favs of cinnamon &/or spice. It gives that minty coolness in your mouth which is a good contrast to the warmth of the tea as I sip. Warm, minty (not so much as candy cane, but just enough), and a touch of sugar to make it yummy. I’ll have to have another cup!
I love love love cinnamon and spiced teas… so after reading some reviews on the Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon, I went for it in the decaf version to try and avoid a little caffeine in my day.
The smell in the tin is amazing! Sweet and cinnamon.. Yum! My first attempt at drinking this blend left a little disappointment. I was expecting something near red hots in a cup.. as some had expressed in their reviews. I get more black tea in smell and flavor after it’s brewed. I usually like black teas, but the flavor of this one carried through all the cinnamon and I was hoping the tea to be an undertone. It’s a good cup… just not amazing. The black tea flavor did mellow a bit as it cooled, but still very present.
Maybe I need to mix up the contents of the tin a little to make sure all the goodies haven’t settled to the bottom. Then we’ll see if I’ll change my impression after I’ve tried that… Hoping so.. I was so excited about this tea.
I’m tempted to try the herbal version and the regular version sometime to see if they are more of what I was envisioning.
Hubby had already raided the tea bags josiejade sent us and decided to try Tazo’s Passion tea. Not my speed, especially not hot, so I went for something different.
After looking at a couple of reviews here, I decided on this because many describe it as spicy and sweet… much like my favorite teabag from Good Earth teas (Original Sweet & Spicy). This was my first experience, to my knowledge, with licorice in tea. I have been one of few in my family to actually enjoy a black jellybean now and then, so the name didn’t scare me. I have to admit when I opened the bag I was a bit underwhelmed by the fragrance. It was earthy w/no spice. Upon steeping, I felt the same way. I expected a bit of a sweet scent with either licorice or cinnamon coming through.
First sip, mild flavor, not spicy… not like I had hoped or the name suggested. Hard to pick out any distinct flavors even after a few sips. Then I began to notice after I swallowed, a mild bit of spice in my mouth and the sweetness. The sweetness would linger for quite a long time. As it cooled, the flavors didn’t intensify or become distinct, but the sweetness did.
Not really sure how I rate this one yet, but glad to have tried it for the experience of the sweet aftertaste. Luckily there is one more teabag in the box so I can try it again. :)
While waiting on my first ever order of loose teas, I have been enjoying the handful of trang varieties that I have in my drawer. This is a recent addition I chose to try based on some online reviews … I have to saw that the first cup wasn’t great. I’m not sure what I didn’t like about it, maybe the carob or the roasted chicory, I’m not sure. I added a bit of sugar and still wasn’t cray about it.
I have since tried it a few more times, including a cup currently, and I’m beginning to enjoy it more each time. I think maybe there is an unfamiliar flavor in the tea that took some time to acquire a taste for. I did add a bit of sugar and a little cream this morning… Foggy and wet outside makes me want the added comfort of milk and sugar (the only way mom made hot tea when I was growin up). Anyway, taste good thi morning. :)
Spicy teas are my thing right now and I don’t find it terribly so, just enough to make it enjoyable. I think I’ll keep it in my drawer for now until the loose teas win me over.. As I’m sure they will. Until then, it will be an extra for when I want somethig different than my “go-to” teas.
A friend of mine brought me a box of this last week and I had a cold when I tried it.
At the beginning of the steep, I thought it was going to be mild and a bit too orange-flavored for me. I let it steep awhile longer than I normally would other Celestial Seasoning teas and it took on a life of it’s own. Got a nice color similar to that of a sugar cookie and almost had some body to it. I added some sugar, and a bit too much, to bring it to the full “sugar cookie” flavor.
I enjoyed it despite my cold and lack of good taste buds… I will have to try it again when the last of my cold has past and see if my first impression was correct. If so, I will likely enjoy having this in the winter season most years as a sweet treat tea.