Snickerdoodle - Reimagined!

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Teas, Calendula Petals, Organic Cinnamon Pieces, Organic Natural Flavors (Vegan), Organic Vanilla Beans
Flavors
Butter, Cinnamon, Cookie, Spicy, Sugar, Caramel, Vanilla
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic, Vegan
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “Having ever tried the original Snickerdoodle, I won’t be able to compare versions, but here we go. As a preface, I haven’t had snickerdoodles before either. Seriously. My family never made them and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Latte sipdown (340) I wasn’t a lover of this one plain so I decided to use up the rest of the leaf to make a latte. Honestly that was a pretty awesome plan because this makes for a lovely latte....” Read full tasting note
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  • “I am not a great fan of cinnamon generally. At first sip, this is all about the cinnamon. And then, something marvellous happens and then it slips into a sugar cookie, with cinnamon. So...” Read full tasting note
    90
  • “Finally a sipdown today. I needed to finish up at least one tea. I had this with a friend and she reported it was her favourite out of those we tried. I enjoyed it, but find it to be finicky (too...” Read full tasting note
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From 52teas

I was just going to go with my previously composed tea description for this tea, but my recipe changed slightly from my first reblend. My original description went like this:

This tea was reblended to fulfill one of the “You Choose the Reblend” rewards purchased on our start-up Kickstarter. The backer had mentioned to me that she wished that the original blend had more of a cookie-like flavor and when I agreed with her, she asked if I could maybe reblend it but add some cookie-ness to the tea, I said I’d give it a try.

I used my go-to black tea base of Chinese and Indian teas and added pieces of cinnamon and minced vanilla bean and all-natural flavors. The result is a yummy tea with prevalent notes of cinnamon and vanilla and a delicious cookie flavor. You’ve gotta try it!

Since I was looking to enhance the cookie note even further from my first attempt at this blend, I added some organic Vietnamese black tea to the blend (this rounded out the flavor of the base just a little more) and changed the recipe slightly to bring out the cookie flavor. By offering a smoother, more rounded tea base, the cookie notes seemed to pop a little more! The result is more yum with every sip!

All Organic Ingredients: Black Teas, Cinnamon, Vanilla Bean and Natural Flavors.

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1780 tasting notes

Having ever tried the original Snickerdoodle, I won’t be able to compare versions, but here we go. As a preface, I haven’t had snickerdoodles before either. Seriously. My family never made them and whenever I had the desire to make a spicier cookie, I opted to make pepparkakor instead. Although I’ve always been curious to see what the big deal is about them, that curiosity never truly pushed me to go out of my way for one. Even whenever I saw them at bakeries or coffee shops, I never bothered grabbing one because there was always something more intriguing to try if I were in a dessert mood. My guess is it’s basically a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar, so I’m going into this tea with that in mind.

This is also the fifth or sixth time drinking this tea before writing a note, I believe, and I have enough leaf for one more cup so I realized this morning that I better write my thoughts before it’s gasp too late. The dry leaf smells like cinnamon bark, basically, with maybe a slight hint of sweetness on the brown sugary side.

In regards to flavour, it’s a little weaker than I would have liked. Again, gentle cinnamon sugar, with more emphasis on the cinnamon, but still quite muted. If I think cookie, I can semi-trick my brain into thinking that this kind of has a vague bakery note in the background but I’m thinking that that also may just be the whole milk adding that element to it. Also, to note, this is a ground cinnamon profile rather than cinnamon red hot candies. While I prefer this type of cinnamon in tea, this still leaves me wanting more, and only reminds me how I haven’t had Tea Desire’s Cinnamon Star in ever, which has been a favourite of mine for over ten years already. That one has the same ground cinnamon vibe but with distinct bakery and icing notes supporting the spice.

Arby

I had to look up “pepparkakor” but apparently that’s ginger snap/ginger cookie in English. I’ve never had a snickerdoodle either, our family makes ginger cookies when we want a spiced cookie. I’ve been meaning to try a snickerdoodle some day, but I’ve never heard of it outside of the states. Similarly, I’ve never seen Julekaker (Norweigan Christmas bread) or Nanaimo Bars outside of where I live. I wonder how many things I think are normal parts of everyday bakeries/restaurants are unheard of elsewhere?

Fjellrev

Yeah, they’re more complex than a ginger cookie though, at least the version I make, which also contains cinnamon and cloves, with orange zest. Julekaker is next to impossible to find anywhere! Nanaimo bars are everywhere here in Alberta but granted we’re relatively close.

I know it’s totally off-topic from desserts, but are green onion cakes popular where you live? I never noticed them when I lived in Victoria, but here, they are everywhere.

Tamarindel

No you have to try snickerdoodles! Even though you’re technically correct about it being a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar, that somehow doesn’t capture the experience of eating a snickerdoodle at all. It’s more than the sum of its parts. Don’t buy them from the grocery store though. They are best just a bit cooled out of the oven.

Fjellrev

You raise an excellent point! I’ll have to whip up a batch someday.

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Latte sipdown (340)

I wasn’t a lover of this one plain so I decided to use up the rest of the leaf to make a latte. Honestly that was a pretty awesome plan because this makes for a lovely latte. Though the base is still more prominent than I would like, the creaminess of the milk helps to bring out the vanilla. That combined with the cinnamon helps to create a snickerdoodle idea. It’s good though I am okay with letting this go.

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1088 tasting notes

I am not a great fan of cinnamon generally. At first sip, this is all about the cinnamon. And then, something marvellous happens and then it slips into a sugar cookie, with cinnamon. So ok, if I need to have a large dose of cinnamon, then please give it to me wrapped in a buttery sugar cookie. The balance of all the bits, including the cinnamon, is super. The particular type of cinnamon flavour is nice too. Good job, 52Teas. Don’t change a thing.

Oh, also bears mentioning here that I do not recall ever having eaten a snickerdoodle, so I am not the one to be able to comment on how the tea compares.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Cookie

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

^ Very handy, Sil. Thank you! They look de-li-cious!

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2752 tasting notes

Finally a sipdown today. I needed to finish up at least one tea. I had this with a friend and she reported it was her favourite out of those we tried. I enjoyed it, but find it to be finicky (too light in flavour, always tastes washed out, even using more leaf or long steeps). This time I decided to gong fu it…because why not? Yes, I gong fu’d a flavoured black tea. Anyway, it worked out much better. More flavour came out in later steeps (6 total, 2 minutes per steep, 350 mL boiling water). It still wasn’t srong enough for a latte, but I enjoyed the delicious brown sugar and cinnamon flavours.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy, Sugar

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Evol Ving Ness

See, I adore this one. To me, it is perfect despite my general lack of appreciation of cinnamon.

Fjellrev

Ah, I found it hard to make this work too. Good idea trying to gong fu it! I mean, why not.

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74 tasting notes

will have to come back, I’d like to re-try this.

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296 tasting notes

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … Snickerdoodle – Reimagined Black Tea!

Before we begin, I gotta make a shout out to the ladies at 52teas for the entertaining aspect of the scratch off reveal for the tea names! Can I just say, I freaking love those little silver discs. I get so much satisfaction from the simple act of scratching off the shiny shavings and brushing it off like an archeological dig. Kudos! Upon opening the package, I get a strong note of sweet cinnamon. A twinge of trepidation crept though me as I can be pretty picking about cinnamon – I find it to be a strong flavor and tends to overpower other supporting flavors. I also catch the sweet and rich scent of gingerbread waft up to me just before I scooped out my 4 grams. After the after the appropriate amount to brewing time as well as some time to cool, I took a big swig of my mug and almost forgot to swallow in surprise. It was as if I had taken a bite out of a freshly baked snickerdoodle with hot, slightly caramelized cinnamon sugar on top. It did a great job staying hot and comforting in my stainless steel travel mug without much affect on flavor. The leaves from Vietnam were quite interesting. The difference in leaf size varied a lot. They came in all shapes and sizes and I even came across a large leaf with two little buds hidden inside. The flavor and texture of the tea really made the blend for me. It had a nice, smooth thickness and a prominent baked-goods note throughout. Until the next silver scratch off!

Check out my review on my blog: http://itstheteamonster.blogspot.com/2016/12/12-days-of-christmas-day-3.html

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Cookie

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308 tasting notes

Here we go with the spiced blends…or so I thought.

Y’see, I’m not usually big on spices in my tea. Seeing the word cinnamon in an ingredient listing for tea blends usually make me cringe. So, as an avid Christmas cookie baker, the minute I scratched the cute hologram sticker and saw the word “snickerdoodle” I was already trying to figure out how to get through just one cuppa. I’ve been trying to avoid the 52teas website until after I try a tea because I don’t want to psych myself out because of certain ingredients, so I had no idea there was anything other than cinnamon in the tea until I opened the pouch. It was like a chorus of heavenly hosts was singing above me as I stood in the break room at work to prepare my tea. Vanilla, there’s vanilla. Thank you, sweet baby Jesus.

This is actually a really nice blend. 52teas offers some of my favorite black tea blends because their bases are so flavorful without all the astringency. My first cuppa was enjoyed hot and straight, and it was really quite a pleasant morning cuppa. The cinnamon wasn’t overpowering, which is a rare feat as far as I’m concerned. The lovely fragrant vanilla (I believe it was actual vanilla bean) tempered the cinnamon very nicely. I didn’t get a ton of cookie or baked good flavor in my cuppa, but I’m okay with that. I’m going to use what’s left of my sample bag to make eggnog lattes this weekend. :P

Flavors: Cinnamon, Vanilla

Evol Ving Ness

You and I are are on the same page when it comes to cinnamon. Thankfully, the vanilla does save it. Yay!

apieceofquiche

Cinnamon is actually the reason I generally avoid seasonal (fall/winter) blends altogether. It’s everywhere! I’m glad this tea wasn’t too heavy on the cinnamon. Hooray!

Evol Ving Ness

Perhaps to solution to cinnamon-heavy teas is to tone them down with a good solid vanilla black?

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135 tasting notes

On the 3rd Day of Christmas – I was a little surprised that this tea did so well in the poll we ran to determine which teas we’d reblend for the 12 Teas of Christmas – happily surprised because I saw this as a tremendous opportunity to work more on the blend. I was very happy with my first ‘reblend’ of this tea last year but I also feel like there was room for improvement and I saw this as an opportunity to do that.

I wanted more vanilla this time and more cookie-like flavor and I do think I managed to achieve that. It’s still got cinnamon – a sweet, non-candy cinnamon (not that hot tamale kind of cinnamon but more like the kind of cinnamon you’d sprinkle on your toast) and the cinnamon is a dominant flavor profile here but I am also getting a nice amount of vanilla.

Really nice for the moment because we have had a bit of a snowstorm up here in the Pacific Northwest (as you may have heard) and this is really nice and comforting to cozy up to when it’s so chilly!

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From Sil.

This tea is a little more than just cinnamon, but it’s mostly just cinnamon.

I am craving snickerdoodles now, though. So I’ll definitely make a couple just for me. :D
http://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/01/snickerdoodles-two/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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HOLY LONGEST DAY EVER FRIDAY THANK GOD IT’S THE WEEKEND.

yeah that’s right. I had this one at some point during the day. I’m starting to feel like in a work environment, mtgs can only be 45 mins long…so there’s always 15 mins to get to your next meeting or go pee, grab a snack..whatever. I was home today thankfully, so i was able to make tea while on a call – something i wouldn’t be able to do at work. this one is almost done and i’m still sort of undecided on it. I like it..but is it snickerdoodle or just cinnamon….interesting to say the least and enjoyable… just not quite what i want

OMGsrsly

Yes. 45 minute meetings FTW.

OMGsrsly

(Also, at home you can MUTE and go pee. Hahahaha.)

Marzipan

I’m paranoid that mute will fail.

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