190 Tasting Notes
I’ve been relying on bags more heavily lately since I broke not one but two of my tea infusers! Well, one is still usable if I use it very carefully. :)
Somehow I just can’t get away from my spiced seasonal flavors in the morning. This, Stash’s holiday chai, or Twinings spiced apple chai are in heavy rotation. Only one mug’s worth left of this one! (cue Mr. Bill) Ohh noooo!
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.