Brandon's Snickerdoodle Black Tea

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Brandon is one of our most loyal customers at our brick and mortar shop, Zoomdweebie’s Tea Bar. If there has been a week over the past two or three years since he first discovered us that Brandon has not stopped in, I certainly can’t remember it. He is always there, enjoying our teas and sharing his quirky sense of humor with everyone around him.

Brandon kind of reminds me of a snickerdoodle–a bit spicy and tough on the outside, but warm and inviting once you get to know him.

Brandon likes to make some of his own concoctions at Zoomdweebie’s, asking me to brew him up a little of this with a little of that (or to brew the hot tea into a mug full of gummy bears as I recall…) One of his recent favorites is to blend vanilla and cinnamon teas which he has been hounding me about blending together and naming it “Brandon’s Blend”.

Here then, Brandon, is your fifteen minutes of fame.

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In case you didn’t know, I’m from Kentucky, and firmly from the portion that considers itself part of the South. Despite being a Southern oddball when it comes to tea (unsweet and hot, please, not iced and sweetened with enough sugar to fuel a marathon), I’m all about my Southern foods: red velvet cake, fried chicken, fried cornbread, and snickerdoodles. It amazes me how many people have never had a true, honest-to-goodness snickerdoodle, and it amazes me even more when I have to explain to people what one is.

Okay, people, if you want a taste of a true, Southern snickerdoodle: drink this tea. It tastes just like my Aunt Della’s snickerdoodles dipped in your cup of black tea. Cinnamon, vanilla, and black tea meld to form a liquid cookie. The only (very minor) flaw I can find is that I can’t drink this in the evenings because of the caffeine. How about a Snickerdoodle rooibos, Frank? Or maybe red velvet cake honeybush?

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No snickerdoodle here.


Yummy! Though, I admit I got a little distracted after “fried cornbread.” That sounds pretty good right about now.

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Just made snickerdoodles at work yesterday. Can’t wait for this tea to come now! Maybe in the mail today? Frank’s shipping is pretty speedy here.

Oh, and Frank, if you’re reading this….please make a Red Velvet Cake Honeybush….love red velvet cake. And my red velvet yoplait lights just don’t cut it for the diet I’m on. If I could have a great tea too….oh la la!


Red velvet cake honeybush or black tea has my vote! I love red velvet cake!

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Well, I’m about to head out with my little one to go trick-or-treating, but I thought I’d warm up with a cup of this first.

The more I drink this, the more I’m liking it.

I wrote a review of it for the Tea Review Blog… wanna read it?

PS: I increased the numeric rating on this because I’m enjoying it so much this evening.

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Thanks to silvermage2000 for a bit of this tea!

I had pretty low expectations for this one as it appears to be rather crushed up (I was assuming it would be wicked bitter), but I just took a sip and am pleasantly surprised! I’m tasting kind of a caramelly sweetness mixed with cinnamon. And, shockingly, no bitterness. Ok, a bit. But it’s really not bad!

I could see myself having enjoyed this tea quite a bit when it was first blended. At this point I think it’s pretty old, and crushed up, as I mentioned, but the flavouring seems to be pretty tasty. I can’t really say whether or not it tastes like a snickerdoodle because that’s not a sort of cookie I’ve ever made (I’ve eaten them before but don’t really recall), but yeah. Tasty!

ETA: Left this on my night table overnight, and finishing it off now… I really like this! It really tastes like a cookie in liquid tea form. Mmmm. Gonna find out later if the re-steep is tasty too.

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I am sorry If it was crushed and old. I hope your not mad at me or that we can’t mabe swap in the future.


No – no worries whatsoever! It was the last of the bag and a bit powdery, but that really wasn’t a problem. It may have gotten crushed in transit or sitting around at my place. It did take at least one trip to school in the backpack before I discovered that wasn’t the best idea. I actually really enjoyed it! And I was aware that it was an older blend when I requested it, so that’s not an issue either. :) Thanks for swapping with me – I’d definitely be open to it again in the future; not mad in the slightest!

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It’s lying. The ingredients list must be lying. You see, I was sitting there eating a star anise snickerdoodle and drinking this tea and the list kept telling me there was no star anise in the tea. But I had my cookie to show me otherwise. Because they tasted exactly the same.

I’m onto you, list. You can’t hide those pods forever.

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The star anise is completely covert in the tea operation. But isn’t that tea amazing? 52teas has some of the BEST blends out there. I bow to Frank and his team for their awesomeness. :)

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There is just something about the way this tea glimmers in the cup…It’s a dark brown but it’s still fairly translucent. This one I received today from LiberTEAs…thanks girlie!!!

The black tea is definitely the more prominent flavor here and the vanilla and cinnamon a subtle but even in taste. I would say this is one of the more gentle flavored 52 Teas TEAS I have have. It’s pretty good! Very smooth! I like it!

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Having such a lazy day today. Bleh. I had wanted to go see Les Miserables by myself but after crying at Doctor Who earlier in the day I did not want more of that. Also lazy. Although how lazy can you be while learning French. Je bois du thé et je mange du pain au fromage.

Thanks again to Kittenna for a sample of this, although I got a bit of a packet of this too now so yay. I quite like it.

The bag makes it sound like it is going to be more like a chai, which had me worried, but it indeed is snickerdoodle cookies.

I only discovered snickerdoodles a couple years ago, so of course I had to make them. My boyfriend LOVES cinnamon, so they were a hit. I even had to make them for him to take into work once. This tea is just like them, a bit of vanilla, a bit of cinnamon sugar, and the black tea does do a pretty excellent job of being reminiscent of baked cookies.


nous pouvons toujours parler en francais si ca vous aide :)


I only got started 2 or 3 days ago in an actual serious spending time on this fashion so that will definitely be useful soon, as this is not too difficult….just slightly more evil than Latin.


Oh man. I definitely relate to crying at Doctor Who. Which episode?


The Doctor’s Daughter but I mean really when are you not at least tearing up, ugh.


I remember watching Doomsday on my laptop with the headphones on and BAWLING MY EYES OUT. My bf looks over and immediately thought something terrible was wrong.

It was, but… it was also only DW. :P

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I ordered this from iheartteas not long ago and I’m always so impressed with the service! Shipping is prompt and I love the little handwritten notes thanking you for your order. It’s the little things that really count.

On to the tea! I made a huge batch of snickerdoodle cookies to have with this when it came yesterday, but by the time I had finished and they had cooled, it was 8 o’clock and way too late for any black tea. So I consoled myself with a few cookies and waited to have it this morning.

I promise, we are really on to the tea now. Out of the bag, this has that zing of freshly ground cinnamon (one of my favourite scents in the world) but also a hint of vanilla that takes the edge off the cinnamon, and calms it slightly. I’m not really sure what my steeping parameters were, I think I might have used water that was quite a bit too cool for black tea and I got distracted while it was steeping. It smells mostly of cinnamon and it is such a homey, warming scent. I love it.

The taste is predominantly black tea, which I wasn’t expecting from the aroma. The cinnamon and vanilla support the tea, instead of the tea base supporting the flavours. This means it is very smooth and soft. Although this isn’t what I expected, it is still really lovely. (and perfect with my cookies, which, if I may say so, were REALLY good).

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Thank you Alana I am so happy you have been enjoying your experience. It is always a joy to see one of your orders coming thru. :)

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My sample was realllly old, found in a corner of my tea drawer. How has it been sitting there all this time and I never saw it!? Anyhow, thanks to Jenn for the sample! Miss you hun!
I’m not sure how I feel about this. There is a peanut butter sortof taste, and something a tad salty, and kinda sweet. Pleasant, for the most part. Don’t think I’d buy more for myself though as I’m not one for pb in my desserts (except for Reeses cups).

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I’m not sure how I feel about this tea yet. I taste the cinnamon, tastes like cinnamon bark rather than sweet cinnamon flavoring. I think I’m getting a bake-y taste in the tea…but I could be imagining it or trying to hard. Might have to try this with cream and sugar to see if that makes it how I thought this tea would be. I just want something more from it that I’m just not getting from the black tea itself.

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I think I have got this one figured out. I am bumping it up because it really tastes good to me tonight.

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