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The Subject: Holiday Spice Black Tea from The English Tea Store.
Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes
Tea type: Black
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Orange, cinnamon, cloves
Aroma, dry: Strong cinnamon and cloves
Aroma in the cup, plain: Strong cinnamon and cloves
Taste, plain: Strong cinnamon and cloves, somewhat edgy
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Strong cinnamon and cloves
Taste, enhanced: Cinnamon and cloves with orange coming through, smoother
2nd Infusion: Lighter liquid, milder flavors, less edgy
Chilled: Tasty with sweetener
Actually, the only reason we associate cinnamon and cloves so strongly with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, is because that’s when we usually have them. So, trying this tea when flowers are in bloom, birds are singing (not the ones in the photos, they’re stuffed), and we’re enjoying hot dogs and burgers charred on the grill is just a bit of reconditioning.
Cinnamon and cloves are always strong, even overpowering, fragrances, so it’s no wonder that our first whiff when opening the plastic pouch was of those two scents. The orange gets totally lost. Fear not, for it does come to the forefront later on. Hubby finds the fragrance befitting a cheery celebration, whether Winter or Summer.
We deducted a teapot due to the strong cinnamon and cloves. They’re not bad, just a bit too strong. One good thing, though, is that they make the tea taste almost like mulled cider.
Disclaimer: We bought this tea from the company named. Regardless, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.