188 Tasting Notes
Oh, I totally forgot how good this is! I totally passed by all the Celestial Seasonings holiday flavors at the store since none of them really struck me, but I just had a cup of this at a work event, and it was delicious! It gets sweeter and spicier the longer you steep it – this is the only tea I can think of where I leave the bag in while I’m drinking. The flavor is quite similar to Good Earth’s sweet and spicy tea.
The aroma is awesome – perfectly pumpkin pie, and the first few sips were delicious! As the cup went on, though, the pumpkin flavor became a little too much. It almost tasted lemony, strangely. But, I only added a tiny bit of soy milk and no sugar, and I might have steeped it a bit too long – probably more than 5 minutes. I’ll give this another try, for sure. I think it would be best with a good splash of milk and a spoonful (or more) of sugar, but we shall see!
Feel free to take this with a grain of salt, since my cold hasn’t quite cleared and this tea has been sitting in my cupboard for about a year, but this is just too weak. I remember this tea being this way when I first got it too. Apple? Spice? Very faint. Even the chamomile seems subdued. I remember trying to steep this with two bags and it didn’t really help. What flavor is there isn’t bad or anything, it’s just pretty weak. I won’t give a number rating given the various confounding factors and perhaps I just got a bad box, but I much prefer the chamomile and apple (non-seasonal) blend from Twinings.
Thanks goodness for tea! A nasty cold hit me hard this morning, so I have been drinking lots of tea today. I really like chamomile when I’m sick, but I wanted something a little different so I used about a teaspoon each of chamomile and rooibos in about 10 oz water. Very nice – good chamomile flavor, and the rooibos adds its smooth earthiness. I’m so stuffy, I’m kind of surprised I can even taste anything, but this really hit the spot.