Amount: 1 teabag
Water: 150 F hot spigot water, 1 mug full
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes (using Steep.It)
Dry Leaf Smell: candy cane, mint
Steeped Tea Smell: mint, spice
Aftertaste: warm spice
Liquor: light translucent yellow brown
Still have my head cold, so smells and tastes may be more potent than described. I am not picking up the orange or vanilla. The cinnamon and clove come in more toward the end, as the mint hits you first.
Now that I hunt for it, I can bring out the orange, not getting it strongly though.
This tea does as advertised and does bring to mind Christmas (with all the mulled drinks and cookies and candy canes).
I would say you need to want a mint tea, and like mint tea for you to enjoy this. The tea does bring in some spice to the end but it’s a complimenting note and not the main flavor.
Post-Steep Additives: none