Holiday Tea-son! Second tea from my advent calendar, and another of their holiday seasonals for this year. The cinnamon and orange notes are coming out strongly in the dry leaf, so I’m imagining this will be a bit like an orange spice black tea?
It brews up a pretty burnt sienna tone, and the aroma is a very enticing combination of cinnamon, orange, and some sweet notes that smell a bit like a more subdued amaretto; a little nutty, a little cherry, but not overbearing or syrupy-sweet.
The flavor comes out with a very forward cinnamon note, and then follows with a very sweet almond taste; a bit like marzipan but not as strong or as syrupy as most teas that go with a sweet, desserty almond taste. I keep my steeps pretty brief to try to cut back on possible bitterness/astringency that I don’t like coming out in my blacks, but this Ceylon is pretty strong; it’s malty, and most of the fruitiness of the tea seems to be present back in the base, where I’m getting the orange peel, a bit of a subtle cherry note, a little citrus tang, and there is a moderate black tea astringency after the sip. Even with my short steep, it still comes out a bit bitter beneath the sweet cinnamon/almond flavor.
It’s fine, but nothing that excites me overly much. Mostly because it just tastes too bitter/astringent for my particular tastes, despite the flavoring.
Flavors: Almond, Astringent, Bitter, Cherry, Citrus, Fruity, Malt, Marzipan, Nutty, Orange