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Blech. Belch blech blech. Not good – its all spice, and no tea. Less steeping only results in less flavor overall. I think it’d be worth trying it in place of (or addition to) mulling spices in a nice full bodied red wine (with orange peel? and a bit of fruit brandy before serving? I’ll work on this…), but otherwise blech.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I don’t normally care for CS’s teas (except Sleepytime, which I love), but I really enjoy this seasonal blend! It smelt of sugar cookies and vanilla, which was a perfect way to end a meal..or a day…or keep me from eating myself out of house and home during late night studying for med school. I didn’t try it sweetened, but another reviewer’s suggestion of a bit of brown sugar sounds just about perfect.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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It is nice and pretty chocolatey, all things considered… but where’s the ginger? Ginger is bright and spicey and usually hard to miss, but I can’t seem to find any in my cup (either cup 1 or 2). I think it’d be a nice addition and am considering grating some fresh root in the cup prior to steeping. I’ll update if I get around to purchasing some.

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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