Sugar and Spice

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Black Tea
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Cinnamon, Cloves, Spices, Vanilla, Ginger, Earth, Clove, Malt
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 9 oz / 257 ml

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  • “You know that wonderful feeling you get when you’ve finally struck pay-dirt and figured out the perfect brewing parameters for a given tea? And then you try it again and follow the same steps and...” Read full tasting note
  • “A break from sipdowns this morning.. It’s cold, so I wanted something cozy. What I really wanted was a stove top chai with milk, but we are out of milk so I will wait til later for that. I’m...” Read full tasting note
  • “I just had to try some of this. The words “spice cake” were being bandied about, and I love spice cake. Very clove-y, and I’m getting some phantom ginger taste. I can see why so many people think...” Read full tasting note
  • “Over the last couple of days, I started drinking my flavored black teas without added sweetener, and I think I started to get used to not having it. I mean, there’s a sweetness to these teas...” Read full tasting note


Everything nice
Some teas are great conversation starters. All you have to do is steep a cup and before you know it, people are asking “what is that wonderful smell?”, “did someone just bake a cake?” and of course, “can I have some?” This comforting black tea blend is no exception. With the warm aromas of cinnamon, cloves and vanilla, it smells and tastes like a spice cake fresh out of the oven. But consider yourself warned: you might want a little bit extra to share around…

Ingredients: Black tea, apples, cinnamon cassia, cloves, carrots, marigold petals, natural vanilla flavouring.

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126 Tasting Notes

117 tasting notes

A pleasant surprise! I got this from the Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB. I took only a couple of cups worth and I honestly enjoyed all that I had of this. It has a nice smooth cinnamon vanilla taste with a somewhat creamy mouth feel. This was a winner from DAVIDs. Thanks to who ever shared this one!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Vanilla

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1731 tasting notes

Overboard TTB

This is tasty. It is spicy and the cloves are paramount. They are stronger than the black tea in this.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for about 4 minutes. I was interrupted while brewing this so I am unsure of the time.


Sounds delicious. I love cloves!


I usually don’t like things like Chai, but this was not typical Chai and was quite good.

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511 tasting notes

Mmm, this is a nice comfort tea for a cold winter night! Spiced, but not too spicy and a nice creamy vanilla flavor smoothing things out. Thanks to VariaTEA for the sample!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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893 tasting notes

I’m surprised by how much I liked this one. The dominant flavours are cinnamon and earth, and I would have guessed puerh, if I didn’t know better. Not terribly complex but really nice and easy to drink.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth

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1020 tasting notes

Finished my sample of this from VariaTEA today for morning tea, with a dash of sugar and milk, and a big ol’ pumpkin pie doughnut on the side. I can only think this was the perfect tea choice for it!

Like, really. A+ morning tea. Lovely sweet and spice flavours through the black tea, ah.

I have also been stressing about the fact that my current house guest, despite having fifty or so open teas to choose from, keeps going back to my precious dwindling supply of Fantasy Island, aka my personal favourite that just gets saved for special occasions. WOMAN, BACK OFF. TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I’m so bad at confrontation that I’ve ended up just hiding it. Lucky she leaves tomorrow.

Cameron B.

Hah, I was going to tell you to hide it! Excellent plan. :P

Hannah F.

Pumpkin pie donut? Please mail me a thousand.

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70 tasting notes

I am currently attempting to get my tea drawer a little more controlled, which means trying to drink tea more often (oh poor me :) My husband keeps eyeing my stash like it’s some audacious atrocity. He has at least 75 video games, why can’t I have 75 different teas? Anyways, I digress.

To me this tea tastes like holidays. I am getting an intense flavor of cloves, with bare whispers of cinnamon, and maybe some ginger playing in the background. Overall, it’s nice, but nothing terribly memorable. There is very little chance of me purposely attaining more of this. If however, I ever do get a hankering for a cup of liquid cloves, I will instantly know what will do the trick.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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871 tasting notes


I have wanted to try this one for a while. This round of the GCTTB has been working out super good for me, there are a lot of teas in there I have wanted to try for a while.

I quite like Davids Glitter and Gold so I was assuming this one would be a long the same lines. This dry tea does smell like spice cake/coffee cake. There is definitely a sweet cinnamon scent.

The brewed tea have flavours of the black tea base, it is moderately strong. I am getting flavours of cinnamon and clove. Not really getting any apple flavours. Maybe a light vanilla. At the end of the sip I get a quick, very bitter flavour that I often get with an artificial flavour (I am assuming it is the vanilla).

Glad to have tried this one but I am going to stick to Glitter and Gold I think.

Edit: So as this tea cools, the black tea is getting stronger and it tastes very very earthy and mushroomy. I am wondering if it is pu’erh?? I looked up the ingredients but it is just listed as black tea. Anyway, this one is much better when hot.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 1 OZ / 29 ML

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572 tasting notes

I’ve never had spice cake but after having this tea I’m going to assume its pretty tasty. I’m detecting ginger. Makes me want sushi. I bet this tea would par well with a red bean bun. The smell is also quite good.

3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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10 tasting notes

I tried this with a bit of honey and some milk. Didn’t really get the flavour so next time i’ll add some more tea maybe try rock sugar instead of honey.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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1812 tasting notes

First impressions: Mmmm, spice cake. The cloves are wonderfully present, and yet they are not overwhelming. Hooray.

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