Day 19 DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar — The Spice is Right (organic). Once again I had to pull out the tool box to get the tin open. This time I tried vice grips to no avail and resorted to using needle nose pliers to pull up the lid edge from around the plastic window so I could dump the tea out of the top. This poor tin is so mangled now…

And the whole time this enticing aroma of spice kept wafting up at me every time I made any headway on accessing the tea. In the end, the fight was worth it, though. I’m a huge spice fan, so this baby was right up my alley. It delivers in-your-face clove and cinnamon with an undercurrent of orange zest, peppery-ness, and a slight green tea astringency. I think the clove and cinnamon oils actually kind hover at the top of the liquid, as it tasted like I was getting an immediate note of those two with every sip followed by the orange and green tea-ness. If that makes sense.

If you like spices, you’ll probably like this tea. If you’re not into having your face punched with clove oil, you might want to skip it. And, pairs well with some Fireball whiskey if tea cocktails are your thing. ;)

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange Zest

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Tea lover, number cruncher, gin reaper, clown wrangler.

New to the world of tea, only been drinking it regularly for 2 years and spent the 1st year mostly just enjoying a few nice oolongs from a sampler someone gifted me and the odd breakfast assam, not experimenting really at all. My tastes are, overall, in tea and in life, both undeveloped and unrefined, though I have always tended towards unadulterated or, if flavoured, lighter fruity teas. Not a sweets person in general. Still discovering what I do/don’t like in the realm of tea. But when it comes to my other liquid love, gin, I do know I’m all about the herbaceous, the earthy, spice, citrus, and unexpected flavour profiles, but almost never sweet or floral. So, I’m gonna guess odds are that my taste in tea may prove to run along similar lines.

Joined Steepster largely to document my adventure into the world of potpourri dessert teas, also known as the 2017 DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. Bought it on a whim & am ready for a journey of … some kind. Could be delightful discovery. Could be daily disappointments. We shall see!


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