Holiday Tea-son! This was one of 52Tea’s seasonal flavors last year, so of course a tea hoarder like me is finally getting around to it this year. The good news is I actually have made really good progress sipping down the majority of the holiday teas I had stashed away in my cupboard this month! I’m getting down to the point where the rest of the month I’ll probably just be working on flavors that just sort of work, but aren’t specifically seasonal… mint teas, orange teas, etc. And maybe I’ll dip into a few of the new seasonals I got in my 12 Days of Tea box this year… if I don’t end up hoarding those until next holiday season, hahaha. (Bad habits die hard…)
Mmm, the spice aroma from this steeped red cup is lovely, particularly the cardamom. I’m actually getting a pine aroma coming off of the cup as well, and it smells very brisk and fresh… oh! It must be the juniper berry! Yes, that explains it. I live in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s a very homey, comforting aroma.
This is a very nice chai. The juniper is actually a very forward flavor note, and I’m loving it; it’s slightly citrusy but has a strong pine flavor, with a bit of a menthol-like coolness left on the tongue after the sip. I’m getting a very gentle lingering spiciness, with the main spice notes coming forward being cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and pepper, but the spices blend together very nicely. The base adds a nice balancing sweetness, but I’m not really getting any fruity notes to come forward despite having four huge cranberries in my teapot. I think any cranberry present is likely overwhelmed by the strong spice/pine; I love tangy cranberry so that is a bit of a shame, but I am definitely enjoying this pine-forward spice blend, which isn’t something I’ve had yet as I’ve been happily downing spice ciders this month. I’m seriously digging that juniper. I’m going to have to seek out more strong juniper berry teas now, discovering this is obviously a weakness for me!
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Menthol, Pepper, Pine, Spices, Spicy, Sweet