Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free

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Brand:Good Earth Teas
Style:Flavored Rooibos
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 28, 2018

Commercial Description

Naturally caffeine free rooibos red tea infused with spicy cinnamon and sweet orange.

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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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Well, it tastes pretty much exactly how it smells! The first flavor that hits you is the spicy kick of cinnamon. Orange, ginger and peppermint overtones blend beautifully with the spice to give it a sweet, smooth aftertaste. Good Earth states that their teas can be enjoyed hot or cold, and I’d tend to agree, though I do prefer this one hot. Unfortunately, this was the only variety from Good Earth available from my local grocer, but if their other varieties are anything like Sweet & Spicy, they’re well worthwhile.

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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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A savory-looking roster of ingredients (rooibos, chicory, "natural flavor", rose hips, cinnamon, lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, ginger root, anise seed, orange oil, orange peel) persuaded me to buy a box on sale at Wal Mart. Immediately upon extracting the bag from its wrapper, I wondered if someone had left open a can of wood varnish. Instead, that was the scent of the dry bag, and a lousy way to make a first impression—akin to a memorable dinner-and-TV date I had as a college freshman with one of the dorm's prettier blondes...who forgot to use underarm deodorant. Fortunately, and unlike that date, the aroma improved with addition of heat and moisture to the experience.

Poured, the tea smelled only faintly woody, and sharply reminiscent of the cinnamon "Red Hots" candy. The taste: again, cinnamon Red Hots! I presume the mild capsaicin-like bite arises from the unnamed "natural flavor". If you enjoyed finding that candy in your childhood Halloween bucket, this tea should light up your life. Since I like cinnamon, which is also an increasingly renowned micronutrient vector, I'll keep and use the rest of the (18 and not 20-bag!) box, although I can't taste the other components at all. That includes both the peppermint and orange—two highly oily and aromatic ingredients that typically barge right into the tea ring to their own pounding music and assert immediate alpha-spice dominance. Here, the Cinnamon Crusher easily won the 12-wrestler battle royale.

Beware fragile bags; the first one I tried split open in two places while I was squeezing liquid out into my tea (per usual practice).



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Reviewer pic83 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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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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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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The aroma of this tea is very strongly cinnamon which, if you enjoy that smell is a good thing. Sadly I do not detect any of the other spices or ingredient listed (sad, since I think a nice hint of orange as promised would have been great)

The flavor is also primarily cinnamon and I can maybe just barely taste the rooibus. I love cinnamon but I am sad that you cannot taste anything else in the blend. The aftertaste is slightly bitter which I assume is from the Chicory.

Overall I was not very impressed by this tea but I did still enjoy it.
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Reviewer pic43 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
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The aroma of this blend is transient, which I suspect is due to the artificial flavorings. The aroma of the cup is strong, spicy, and suggestive of sweetness, before it touches my tongue, but upon drinking, the aroma seems much weaker.

The flavor is smooth, with a fairly strong natural sweetness due to the cinnamon. Aftertaste is mostly of cinnamon. I notice no rooibos in the aroma, in spite of it being the main ingredient. The only evidence is the deep red color of the cup. Nor do I notice any other spices, just cinnamon. Disappointingly flat and simple aroma: I want more complexity.

I did not like this tea as much in the past, but recently, I've come to enjoy cinnamon much more, and accordingly, I now enjoy this a bit more. It still, however, tastes to me like a flat cinnamon tea; I honestly would strongly prefer brewing my own rooibos with a cinnamon stick and maybe adding a dash of vanilla.

I wish that the all-natural version were more widely available, however. It seems odd that this company has such an earthy "natural" image and yet their flagship blend contains artificial flavorings. I definitely prefer the more subdued yet longer-lasting and more complex aromas of natural blends to the bold but flat and fleeting quality imparted by artificial flavorings.
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Reviewer pic60 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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this is a potent concoction. very strong aroma and flavor of cinnamon and complementary spices. naturally sweet, as advertised. i get a craving for this every once in a while, but it's not something i can drink all the time. when i think 'excellent cinnamon beverage,' i think of this.
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