Glitter and Gold is a fancy looking black tea, but in the end it tastes… pretty basic

What comes out of it all is a cinnamon black tea, a very light one at that. The tea was pretty to look at and smelled decently good, so i decided to give it a go. Honestly, it’s not bad; just not as jaw dropping amazing as the description says of my toes tingling and of a late night seduction. What this tea, is pretty standard affair, it is a black tea that tastes like cinnamon. It’s not overpowering and it smells stronger than it tastes. Which…
is not a bad thing. An intense cinnamon flavour would have been too much i think. The tea looks dark and when you smell it, you would think that it is quite intense black tea. But it isn’t. I think i may put a little more next time and see if that would change things.

Infact, it’s quite deceptive. I was expecting fastball, but they this threw changeup, it’s actually really light tasting, I didn’t get much out of it except black tea and cinnamon and sweetness. I could not taste the cloves or orange peel for that matter (the orange peel i got was way thick too, looks to me like from a jumbo navel orange or something). The gimmick in this this is the shiny gold balls, and the sugar crystals (which you will never see, they melt right away). The gold balls hold up well for the first infusion and for me just sank to the bottom of the cup, by the second infusion however, they burst or melted or whatever, kinda turning into a creamy like sugar that when mixed makes the tea look rather unpleasing with a cloudy tone. The second infusion was much the same, probably sweeter (as the balls broke open) and much less flavour overall.

If you are looking for a straight away light tasting black cinnamon tea that doesn’t overpower, your answer lies right here. If not, not that it’s anything groundbreaking or bad… it’s just decent and the gold balls are pure gimmick, granted they do look kinda cool when broken and floating around.

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Stopped drinking water, switched to tea. =)
(ok, this is a lie but still :) )

How I rate teas is pretty simple, different teas have different expectations based on quality and price. I’ll rate a tea based on how good it is for its category/price point. I think i rate pretty fairly, I’m not afraid to give a bad score to a bad tea, and it’s relatively hard to get perfect score (partially because i believe there are only so many that can attain such a title)

I like oolong/green teas the most
black, white, tisanes to a lesser part.

I re-steep EVERYTHING, as that’s how I’ve learned from my parents. Blacks teas normally to a max of two times.

I like it when the tea actually looks of quality (eg. whole unbruised leaves). I hate it when i get a tea, and half of it is cut up stems of the plant… give me leaves!

I drink all my teas black and occasionally with sweetener. I do drink coffee too, and love espressos and cappuccinos. Yup, I do my coffee black too. Guess, it is to say I like strong flavours.
My current way of steeping tea, is my french press which i just got a month ago. I love it (well maybe not my cheapy one; looking to get a bodum one day). I used to just dump leaves at the bottom of my cup..

Ok. Rating meanings…

0-49: Various degrees of suck. Either terrible value or just not good.
50-59: It’s drinkable. I’ll finish my cup.
60-69: Not bad… but not good.
70-79: okay to drink, nothing too special, will not be a re-buy.
80-89: Enjoyable cups.
90-99: Worth holding on to.
100: Um.. I’ll tell you when I get here.

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