Another chance I took in my latest tea purchase bonanza. I read the reviews for this tea on Steepster (because it was on sale online) and thought “…this could be good. And if it’s bad…I have friends that like teas I don’t like. I’ll try it.” My expectations: what I wanted the Gingerbread tea to taste like, except caffeinated. And Gingerbread did not meet my expectations. So…take that with a grain of salt.
What I wanted from this tea was basically spice-cake. Or gingerbread cookies without the ginger part (since I hate ginger). I wanted warm spices, a bit of a sweetness in the background, some vanilla, and “something else”. The ingredients seemed to fit. And when I opened the bag…oh, boy. My nose was assaulted with all the right smells. “THIS IS PERFECT” I thought. “YOU’LL LOVE IT!!” I thought.
And…uuhh…I guess the smile with the eyes closed gives it away. This tea is exactly what I wanted, exactly what I expected, and tastes like a slightly milder version of how it smells (longer steep would have fixed that. Next time). It’s spice cake without the ginger, gingerbread without the ginger; spicy love in a cup. I can really taste the cinnamon, I can taste the cloves, I can taste the orange peel, and the sweetness of the vanilla. I can’t taste the carrots (oh, darn.) or the apples (I don’t think?) but neither of these I think add much of their own distinct taste. It’s more of a…blending flavour. Either way, what I can or cannot taste leads to a good cup of tea. One of my new favourites which is just stellar since it’s part of the fall collection and the reason why it was on sale is probably because they’re clearing their stock because it has been discontinued. The universe hates me.
Verdict: if the tea sticks around, I would buy it again.