Had a cup of this with milk and sugar today! It’s my favorite gingerbread tea so far. (I’ve tried three; the others were from David’sTEA and Adagio.) The dry leaf smells delicious, with lots of sharp ginger root, plus notes of cinnamon and allspice. There’s also chicory root and roasted carob, and vanilla. (Plus something called crystal malt? Interesting!) Once it’s steeped, the notes blend together well, and give the tea a sweet “baked” sort of flavor. I like that it has a definite dessert quality, instead of being just another holiday spice tea. I wouldn’t say it tastes exactly like a gingerbread cookie, but it has a good mix of spices and sweet notes that remind me of that.
I also like that this is a black tea. The spices work well with a strong base, and it’s nice to be able to add milk and sugar. Both of which are delicious with this, by the way… I’d like to experiment more with it in the future, maybe make a latte. I also tried a cup without anything added. It wasn’t as dessert-like, but very balanced—not too spicy or too dry.
Overall, this is a great tea! I’m a fan of gingerbread (my family has Russian and German ancestry, and we make the cookies every Christmas). So far, this tea is the best I’ve found when it comes to capturing that flavor. I’m excited to enjoy it during the holidays.