Mmm, this is a nice comfort tea for a cold winter night! Spiced, but not too spicy and a nice creamy vanilla flavor smoothing things out. Thanks to VariaTEA for the sample!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Vanilla
“You know that wonderful feeling you get when you’ve finally struck pay-dirt and figured out the perfect brewing parameters for a given tea? And then you try it again and follow the same steps...” Read full tasting note
“A break from sipdowns this morning.. It’s cold, so I wanted something cozy. What I really wanted was a stove top chai with milk, but we are out of milk so I will wait til later for that....” Read full tasting note
“I just had to try some of this. The words “spice cake” were being bandied about, and I love spice cake. Very clove-y, and I’m getting some phantom ginger taste. I can see why so...” Read full tasting note
“Over the last couple of days, I started drinking my flavored black teas without added sweetener, and I think I started to get used to not having it. I mean, there’s a sweetness to these teas...” Read full tasting note
Some teas are great conversation starters. All you have to do is steep a cup and before you know it, people are asking “what is that wonderful smell?”, “did someone just bake a cake?” and of course, “can I have some?” This comforting black tea blend is no exception. With the warm aromas of cinnamon, cloves and vanilla, it smells and tastes like a spice cake fresh out of the oven. But consider yourself warned: you might want a little bit extra to share around…
Ingredients: Black tea, apples, cinnamon cassia, cloves, carrots, marigold petals, natural vanilla flavouring.
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Finished my sample of this from VariaTEA today for morning tea, with a dash of sugar and milk, and a big ol’ pumpkin pie doughnut on the side. I can only think this was the perfect tea choice for it!
Like, really. A+ morning tea. Lovely sweet and spice flavours through the black tea, ah.
I have also been stressing about the fact that my current house guest, despite having fifty or so open teas to choose from, keeps going back to my precious dwindling supply of Fantasy Island, aka my personal favourite that just gets saved for special occasions. WOMAN, BACK OFF. TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I’m so bad at confrontation that I’ve ended up just hiding it. Lucky she leaves tomorrow.
I am currently attempting to get my tea drawer a little more controlled, which means trying to drink tea more often (oh poor me :) My husband keeps eyeing my stash like it’s some audacious atrocity. He has at least 75 video games, why can’t I have 75 different teas? Anyways, I digress.
To me this tea tastes like holidays. I am getting an intense flavor of cloves, with bare whispers of cinnamon, and maybe some ginger playing in the background. Overall, it’s nice, but nothing terribly memorable. There is very little chance of me purposely attaining more of this. If however, I ever do get a hankering for a cup of liquid cloves, I will instantly know what will do the trick.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove
I have wanted to try this one for a while. This round of the GCTTB has been working out super good for me, there are a lot of teas in there I have wanted to try for a while.
I quite like Davids Glitter and Gold so I was assuming this one would be a long the same lines. This dry tea does smell like spice cake/coffee cake. There is definitely a sweet cinnamon scent.
The brewed tea have flavours of the black tea base, it is moderately strong. I am getting flavours of cinnamon and clove. Not really getting any apple flavours. Maybe a light vanilla. At the end of the sip I get a quick, very bitter flavour that I often get with an artificial flavour (I am assuming it is the vanilla).
Glad to have tried this one but I am going to stick to Glitter and Gold I think.
Edit: So as this tea cools, the black tea is getting stronger and it tastes very very earthy and mushroomy. I am wondering if it is pu’erh?? I looked up the ingredients but it is just listed as black tea. Anyway, this one is much better when hot.
I enjoyed this tea while it lasted. It tasted very similar to the holiday cinnamon star cookies and I only know this because I found a package at 90% at World Market while I patently waited for my package to come in January. I only purchased the cookies because it looked like the picture DAVIDs had on their website. I even attempted to make some but I gave up after my meringue did not work after multiple attempts trying to make it in nontraditional ways.
I was saving the last of this to try as an iced latte being that it is similar to a chai. Still good but it did not hold up as well it taste better hot. My husband and son also liked it.
Thanks VariaTEA I would have missed out on this one because by the time I was interested it was already on “web special” and I did not want 250g.
this is what i think of when you say the words, “animal fan fiction”.
i drank this tea down a while back. it was okay but too mild and mopey for me to want to drink it again. not really very sugar, so amaze. and where’s the spice?
speaking of spice, has anyone read Dune? cuz i haven’t.