This tea smells quite strongly of clove and cinnamon, so I was surprised that even went steeped for just under 5 minutes it was really weak, even the black base. Disappointing.
It’s a TRAGEDY! I always start my morning with 2 cups of coffee, but there’s no creamer here at work! So I went straight to tea, but there’s just not enough caffiene. whimpers
Anyway… I consoled myself with this tea, which is one of my favorite blacks. I’m tasting the oranges strongly this morning.
This is the ‘constant comment’ of loose tea. The flavors are so similar. The cream & sugar gave that creamsicle taste. This is a very comforting little tea and reminds me of those ‘constant comment’ nostalgic moments of my childhood.
Thanks Fiddling for the swap!
Tea #3 from Another TTB
I have tried to post this about 6 times and steepster keeps eating it up…:(
Anyways, this tea.
I so so so so soooooo wanted to love this one. It smelled of holiday in a cup! I brewed it as per instructions on the tin it came in….5 mins! I should have known better!! It smelled heavenly steeping… Of a cold night sitting by the fire. To taste… Bitter and notes of clove. I will have to try this again but at 3 mins. I’m sorry little tea. You deserved better.
I think this is the tea I received from AmazonV in a recent swap. It was labeled Holiday Spice, but the picture looks like what is inside the bag.
I found this tea rather weak with one sachet/8oz water steeped it for four minutes, it had a mild cinnamon and clove flavor, but not much black tea flavor.
I doubled it to 2 sachets for 8oz water and steeped for five minutes. I think I shouldn’t have steeped it for an extra minute, it brought out a bit of bitterness and there are some smoky notes to it I never would have imagined after the first brew. The cinnamon and clove are certainly more apparent, the scent of almond is hanging around the tea. The hint of smoke is intriguing.
Holiday Festivities are beginning, the air is getting crisp (which is a gentle way of saying “it’s cold, winter’s coming”) and nothing beats a cup of tea in the morning.
One of our teas we’re offering in the tasting room this weekend is Holiday. The orange and spice makes me think of the orange peels and cloves my mother would put in water on the stove to make the air smell nice and Christmas-y. It’s smooth with a hint of sweetness. December’s just around the corner.
I picked up two sachets of this at Barnes and Noble to bring home so I could try it and decide if I want to order it loose leaf. They just charge you as if they are making a venti tea. The last tea I tried there was nuclear hot and all I could taste was paper cup, thus bringing it home to make it myself. Plus, that meant we could serve it for tea party!
The aroma was excellent and mostly clove. The tea was smooth, not bitter at all, not even as it cooled. It was good, but honestly I don’t think I will order it because Cranberry Autumn does for me what I wanted this tea to do…only better. It is brighter and more flavorful to me. Good tea, and I wouldn’t turn it down, but not on the shopping list.
I have this in the bagged version (not sure I said that in my last review), and as I’ve stated before it’s normally not my favourite blend. For some reason today, it tastes more smooth than usual. I did steep it for a fairly short time so maybe that helps take it down a notch. It’s actually pretty pleasant for my very chilly am first cup of the day. I think it’s the smoky clove note that usually stands out much more, but it’s not too bad today with the shorter brew time.