Review of Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free

8 of 105 of 53 of 583 of 100

Appearance: Brews a robust, reddish copper. Aroma: Cinnamon, orange, sugar, pepper, wood. Flavor: Immediate sweet arrival, with a tingly burn on the tongue; hints of liquorice with a thick and viscous mouthfeel. The peppery burn continues across mid-palate as the sweetness abates (a little) and it clears to a woody, slightly bitter, peppery finish that lingers.

Overall: The first time I ever had this tea was in 2003, and since then I have not been able to imagine going very long without it. It is dessert-sweet without any added sugar, and it is complex enough that it is not like drinking candy. It is expensive (and increasingly hard to find on store shelves), but that only makes me dole it out to myself more sparingly. Note that one bag is usually enough for 20 oz. of water.

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