Secret Garden Tea

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Eek, I don’t think I’ve ever been the first to review! I guess because this is a local tea, not many have tried.

I bought this last year from Secret Garden tea shoppe, which is a small, cute shop in central Vancouver, popular for high-tea. They sell a lot of tea, many of which have tasty sounding names….but few reviews, so hard to know if their stuff is tasty. They also have 100 gram minimum, quite a lot of tea, if you end up not liking it.

Anyway, I bought “Christmas spice” black tea last year, and only had one, totally forgettable cup. Tonight I brewed 2 tsps in my Davids steeper ( quite full ) for about 5 minutes ( no instructions on the bag). I prepped hot frothed milk in my Breville milk frother. I keep the frother in the freezer, so it has to spin for quite a while to heat the milk, and really makes a ton of lovely foam, which I used to make a big frothy latte.

This tea is better than I remember. Not too strong ( I would have liked a bit more spicy kick) but it tastes like a nice Christmas spice. Kind of like eggnog spice, I get some nutmeg. Next time I will sprinkle some cinnamon on top, or maybe get some cinnamon stir sticks which might nicely kick up the flavour. I am burning a new candle, pumpkin gingerbread, and the scent is really complementary to this tea.

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Creamy and flavourful black tea with a vanilla flavour. I think this would be delicious as a London Fog! Doesn’t taste very much like bergamot though.

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I’ve been meaning to indulge in this cup of tea for a while now, but whenever I open up my tea chest, my usual Earl Grey is always calling my name. This tea is surprisingly floral for a black tea – I usually enjoy my black teas with some milk (these days, Almond milk is my beverage of choice), but I think this tea would do well even without any milk. I don’t think this is the best breakfast tea, but I think I’m going to mix this tea into my afternoon rotation.

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