13 Tasting Notes
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.
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.
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.