Holiday Tea-son! I got this in a holiday sampler from TeaSource I believe discounted after the 2016 holiday season, so I think I got it around January or February of 2017? In any event, it’s quite old now and due for a sipdown, so I’ll probably be drinking this as my nightly herbal for the next few nights.

The leaf doesn’t smell light gingerbread to me, but certainly smells like orange — creamsicle specifically, as I get a lot of sweet vanilla from the aroma as well. The steeped tea still has a very creamsicle flavor, but it isn’t overly sweet, since there are some subtle spice notes in the background that linger in the background. Namely I get just a hint of pepper. There are a lot of nuts in this tea — sliced almonds and pistachios — but I’m not really picking up any nutty notes from the tea. It’s sweet, with some subtle woody notes and stronger honey/caramel notes from the rooibos, a rich orange note that tastes quite juicy and rich, a creamy sort of vanilla, and a very subtle peppery hint on the tip of the tongue at the end of the sip.

This is a nice creamsicle rooibos tea; the last rooibos tea I tried with that flavor profile just didn’t quite do it for me. For my next pot, I may make this with vanilla almond milk and go creamy latte style, but this is perfectly fine as is, as well. I may even restock this sometime since I like having a creamsicle tea around, but I’m not in a particular rush. But the name of the tea confuses me… Gingerbread Orange? Nothing about this tea makes me think of gingerbread, at all. It doesn’t have any any of the spices common to gingerbread, and the orange/vanilla flavor combo isn’t something associated with gingerbread either. It’s a bit misleading. If you are looking for a gingerbread-flavored rooibos, this isn’t it!

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Honey, Orange, Pepper, Vanilla, Wood

Boiling 8 min or more 6 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

You should try Angry Tea Room’s Creamsicle.

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Grapefruit (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

Currently Sipping Down: Tealyra’s Butterscotch Potion, Adagio teas, teabox teas

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

New Teas Tried for 2020: 49
Sipdown Count for 2020: 70


My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AvGT1XwgJUTErt3zhjpHbXf6HNS3k_Ym85zoHJPmhX4/edit?usp=sharing . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D2J0sUMNItRsf0jBRBR6XDFUimm60f0o/view?usp=sharing . I am currently on a tea trading/ordering hiatus to get my collection under control! I cannot participate in any tea boxes, group orders, tea exchanges, or accept any tea gifts at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited gifting (USA only!)

Contact Info:

The Steepster PM system has been broken for some time. If you need to get ahold of me, check the website URL section below; it goes to a contact form that will reach my personal e-mail.


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