It’s supposed to taste like the special type of bread that french people eat at Christmas. My sister bought it for me as a Christmas present because she is living in France at the moment, and because she hears me talk about tea all the time. In a lot of ways it was the perfect present!

I have held off reviewing this tea because I have never tried Pain d’espices (the actual bread) and I don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like. Anyway, it has a lot of cinammon and a few other spices (of the kind that are probably in mulled wine as well) – kind of Christmassy spices with a bit more cinammon than you’d otherwise expect. I can kind of imagine this tea being made into a crumby bakery product, maybe with some marzipan on it. I don’t know whether this French delight usually has marzipan, but my imagination has gone wild! with this tea and the dark coloured loaf I am imagining definitely has marzipan on it!

It’s very pleasant because it has a bit of bite but not so much that you need a cup of water afterwards to calm everything down in there. And it’s comforting. Maybe I should try it with sugar, the cake in my head is sweet, but the tea is not. Hmm…

wombatgirl

Your post made me curious – so I looked and found this site.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2009/04/pain_depices.html

I think you may want to try with a little honey….

Grinnyguy

No marzipan! How disappointing. Never mind, I’ll try it with honey and let you know how it goes. Thanks for the link, you can tell I was too lazy to do any research for myself!

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wombatgirl

Your post made me curious – so I looked and found this site.

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2009/04/pain_depices.html

I think you may want to try with a little honey….

Grinnyguy

No marzipan! How disappointing. Never mind, I’ll try it with honey and let you know how it goes. Thanks for the link, you can tell I was too lazy to do any research for myself!

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I moved from the UK to Australia in 2015. I’ve had a fascination with tea since university, and like to try lots of different types. My preference is for real tea over other infusions: green tea, oolong and black, including flavoured varieties. I love encouraging people to try new teas. I also play the trombone.
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