Holiday Tea

Tea type
Black Fruit Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Almond, Black Tea, Cinnamon, Citrus Peel, Clove
Flavors
Cinnamon, Orange, Spices
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by sherapop
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 oz / 310 ml

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  • “This is my first venture with Harney & Sons! I got a buy-one-get-one coupon for the H&S tins at Barnes & Noble, so after taking myself to the movies today, I made a little stop on the way home....” Read full tasting note
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  • “I swear, I am going to drink a cup of this every day until I run out. That's saying something, too, since I only am letting myself have one fully caffeinated cup of black tea per day until this...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is very tasty this "morning". I slept through my alarm, and am still exhausted. Pain takes a lot of energy to deal with! So now I'm off to the clinic to see my x-ray results, then to work...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sipdown!! Last time I had this tea, I could not taste it properly as I drank it immediately following eating a dinner with a fair bit of spices. However, I thought I tasted a similar flavor to...” Read full tasting note
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From Harney & Sons

Our Holiday Tea is a black tea spiced with citrus, almond, clove and cinnamon. Delicious hot or iced. Wonderful for a holiday table, a cold winter morning, or any time you crave a holiday-inspired brew.

About Harney & Sons View company

Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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1799 tasting notes

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.

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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.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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This tea really threw my brain for a loop. I think I was expecting it to taste like Celestial Seasoning’s Nutcracker Sweet. It couldn’t be further from that tea. The black tea base in this is really smooth (as always from Harneys). The flavor is truly like a fresh orange with cloves stuck in it. I really like it but I’m not a huge citrus in tea fan so I won’t order any more of this one. But it if you like oranges and mulling spices then you should definitely try it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea #3 from Another TTB

I was really underwhelmed by this tea. After the yummy cinnamon spice tea from H&S, I thought that the addition of orange to a cinnamon and clove blend could only make it better! Apparently not. It sort of smells like a pomander, but the aroma doesn’t pop and say “hey, it’s the holidays!” It’s just sort of there, hanging out in a shady corner saying,
" ’sup." I hardly detect any orange in the flavor, which is unusual b/c orange usually stands out. The flavor as a whole is murky and even less exciting than the smell. Oh well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have to say I’m quite disappointed by this tea. The dry smell was wonderful, but it brewed rather weak. I steeped for seven minutes to see if it could get stronger. Unfortunately this was not the case. The flavors are nice, but light. I was in the mood for a full-bodied tea. At least I tried it! I’ll tinker around with it a bit to see whether or not I’ll offer it up for a swap.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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2418 tasting notes

I taste a hint of cinnamon, but I swear more than anything I taste nutmeg in this today. I’m not sure there actually is any in it though! I think my mind is playing tricks on me. Perhaps I’m craving eggnog?

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Oh, hi. Remember me? I have been seriously neglecting Steepster! D’oh!

I was at Barnes & Noble today, and found this one lonely tin of tea on their 75% off table, and having always meant to try Harney & Sons at home where I can control the water temperature (instead of the Barnes & Noble cafe who always seem to keep their water at nuclear levels) I snatched it up and brought it home. $2.74 for 30 teabags is a pretty good deal, I think, especially since, thankfully, it’s pretty darn good!

Not overwhelming, very tasty, no bitterness. I like it!

And it came in a cute metal tin. Yeah, I’m always a sucker for that!

I think I like it better than Kusmi’s holiday tea. I might have to keep an eye out for it next year.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Oh this IS a great holiday tea. I can imagine that I’d have enjoyed this one while devouring Christmas cookies. I didn’t sweeten this at all, so the black tea could come through… hmm I think this one at least a partial relation to chai (cousins?). I also will add that I don’t think it’s particularly novel. I’ve had this taste before from other tea vendors. But, y’know, I LIKE it so that’s not a bad thing. I find this one soothing. My tummy is a mess today and this is helping. It’s also a dreary rainy day (if I weren’t in southern TX it’d be snow) so this was a good choice. Whine, whine.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I like the smell of this better than the taste; there’s a lot more creamy vanilla and fruit than you’d expect from the spicy description. The black tea taste (ceylon?) is fairly pronounced, and it’s… more sour than sweet? I’m not really a fan of sour teas, so the tart fruit undertone is putting me off a little, especially compared to the sweet aroma of the dry leaves and the liqueur.

I wouldn’t want to add anything to this, though; I think any sort of cream or sweetener would overwhelm it (unless perhaps you brew it stronger)
.5tsp/4oz
Edit: Wow, this is getting a lot softer as it cools, more what I expected from the scent. Less sour, more cream.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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Backlogging I believe this is another extra from doulton thank you. This is a teabag it smells like cinnamon and black tea. I steeped it up and now can smell abit of clove. This tastes like black tea with cinnamon and abit of clove. This is a decently good cinnamon tea.

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