Holiday Tea

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Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Flavored Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:?????
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Holiday Tea

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 1, 2020

Commercial Description

...spiced with citrus, almond, clove and cinnamon...

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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(99 reviews) on

This was another good value tea offered by Harney & Sons. Hats off to their tea blenders, that is an area they seem to excel in - taking mediocre teas, adding to them, and making them into something better. This seems like a cheap Chinese black tea that is nicely spiced up (with citrus, almond, clove, safflowers, and cinnamon, according to their website) and ends up having a Christmas cookie taste. For me this works best with some kind of milk and a little sugar, or even better, use maple syrup instead of sugar - that makes it delicious!

Btw, I get a smile from Harney's labels and graphics. They seem to imitate labels like Twinnings, with their crests and "by appointment to her royal majesty since 1645" type of thing, but Harney's is in fact an American company (with roots in Connecticut and New York) that was founded in 1981. (-; Their Millerton, NY location is quite nice and worth a visit if you are ever in the area.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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Let me start by saying that I generally don't like flavored teas at all. Most of them taste artificial to me, the rest don't taste like tea and because I love the taste of tea, I'm left dissatisfied by them. But, as you can see, I gave this 80/100, so I was quite pleased with it. I was surprised not simply because of my past experiences with flavored teas, but because the scent of the tea in the tin seemed a bit unnatural. Maybe that was because the combination of flavors is something not found in nature, but in egg nog and cookies. But, wanting to give it a chance, I brewed up a cup at 100ÂșC, 1 tsp of tea, in a 300ml (1 cup) pot, for 5 min, as specified on the tin, and it turned out quite well. It didn't clear my throat as much as the Constant Comment Bigelow tea (which is also spiced and a bit festive in its flavorings), but it didn't bother my throat, either. I didn't feel the need to add any sweetener, but I wouldn't say that it tasted sweet. It just didn't need anything else. There isn't much of a tea taste, but the orange, vanilla, almond, and vaguely spiced flavor of it is quite pleasing all on its own. I wasn't sure that I'd like it at all and I ended up making two or three cups of it in a row. It didn't leave me jittery, with the black tea in it. It also didn't affect me, so far as I can tell, in any negative way (I'm sensitive to additives and flavorings). Overall, I was extremely impressed. I'm very glad that I took a chance and purchased a tin of this when it went on sale. It's not simply a beautiful tin (there's an option to purchase certain quantities in tins), it's also quite good tea.
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