I think this was in a grab bag from 52Teas a while ago! I haven’t written a tasting note yet. And I’m trying to write notes for the holiday teas, if I haven’t yet. When I tried this before, I probably didn’t mix up the pouch. Even if a tea is plain, the tiny leaves will settle from the big leaves, so I really need to learn to MIX EVERY TEA so I really get a mix of the flavors. This seems much more representative of the flavors this time around. I made sure to get the orange wedges and a good sampling of the spices. I get this blend now. It’s not plain marmalade, it’s HOLIDAY marmalade. And I’m really getting a great balance of the orange and the spices. And what a fantastic mix of spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla bean. It’s very tasty, especially with 1 1/2 teaspoons. However, I could swear I’ve never tasted vanilla in any 52Teas blend that had vanilla beans in the ingredients. But this one is good! Very accurate. The third steep is still very orange tasting.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 37 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 35 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // much hotter // 3 min (3/4 full mug)