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I wasn’t feeling too excited about another holiday spiced tea, but this is actually really good. The flavouring is cinnamon and orange, both well balanced – distinct but not over powering. And then, unlike many flavoured teas, the base tea is really lovely. A hint of bitterness and astringency and lots of malt that doesn’t get masked by the flavours.
Flavors: Bitter, Cinnamon, Malt, Orange
Very nice tea. Begins boring, floral weak tea… Second infusion yields a slightly stronger floral flavour that has a slight lingering sweetness and a hint of cream. As the infusions go on, the sweetness and creaminess combination blossoms into a very satisfying tea that is almost as satisfying as eating candy or dessert!
15 sec rinse, 10 sec infusion + 3-5 sec per infusion
I got this from a little tea store up Yonge quite a ways north of Bloor that I found by accident a while ago. It was a bit pricey tea wise but I think good quality and they had a wide selection of teaware! I think 100g is the smallest amount they usually sell at once but I talked to her awhile and got her to sell me 50g of this and she even gave me a sample of some sencha too!
This tea smells milky and toasty and brews up a beautiful orangey gold colour. There is a cozy sort of sense to it. I find the taste initially just mildly grassy, then I get the same toastiness that’s in the smell. It feels very smooth and just a little creamy. Overall very enjoyable! I would like to try this gong-fu style as soon as I get a decent gaiwan.
This sort of tastes like Cinnamon Water. The black tea is gentle, not strong. The Cinnamon is that of a cinnamon powder type cinnamon. And maybe Clove. The aftertaste lingers a little funky but it’s ‘ok’.
Might be good to add to something – a food – maybe another tea? It’s a good starting point but was left a ‘tad’ wanting…
Glad I got to try it tho!
mmmmm another christmas blend – this one from a local tea shop that doesn’t really sell online. this one has a bit more of the cinnamon and clove that i enjoy. Less of the orange/citrus flavour than the other which is a little disappointing. funnily enough…i might actually really enjoy missing the two that i have for the ultimate blend. :)