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  • “Nerts. Don’t you hate it when you lose a whole tasting note? In brief: Packaging: Adorable. Christmas gift box with two good quality metal steeping baskets and an assortment of teas in test tubes...” Read full tasting note

From Kansas City Tea Company

The superintendents and department heads at my work are always kind to share corporate Christmas loot…a very cool Kansas City Tea gift box was thoughtfully handed off to a coworker and me. It contained two very nice metal steeping baskets with lids and a handful of tea samples in test tubes with corks—adorable packaging!

We took turns picking test tubes and this one came home with me. I didn’t see that particular tea name on the KC Tea website, so I have hypothesized that they seasonally renamed their Oriental Spice tea, which I have pictured along with this tea description. (Anybody familiar with Kansas City Tea Company? Correct me if I am wrong.)

At any rate, it is a pretty traditional black tea/spice blend that leads with some serious clove, then cinnamon, then a little orange peel. I’m finishing my first cup, sans milk or sweetener and it has gone a little bitter, but it smells lovely. Next cup gets a little sprucing and sweetening.

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Nerts. Don’t you hate it when you lose a whole tasting note? In brief:

Packaging: Adorable. Christmas gift box with two good quality metal steeping baskets and an assortment of teas in test tubes with corks. Corporate gift thoughtfully handed down from an administrator who doesn’t imbibe. A work buddy and I took turns selecting goodies to take home.

Branding: “Fireside Spice” doesn’t show up on the Kansas City Tea website; I’m guessing that it’s a seasonal re-naming for their Oriental Spice black tea, which I’ve pictured with this entry. Anybody familiar with KC Tea?

Tea: Pretty predictable black tea blend with tons of clove and cinnamon, a little orange at the end. Without sweetener or milk, the bottom of the cup got a little bitter. We’ll spruce it up next time and see what happens.

Martin Bednář

That’s why I put my tasting notes into clipboard several times while writing it.

Michelle Butler Hallett

How does it compare to Bigelow’s Constant Comment?

gmathis

Way too much clove to resemble CC. Comes on much stronger.

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