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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Fortify your spirit

A vigorous blend inspired by Sicily’s famous fortified wine. Made with Indian black tea, our version captures the musty scent and sweetness that marsala aficionados love. It’s smoky and spicy, mingling the aroma of grapes with strong cinnamon notes for a peppery kick. Try pairing it with olives, walnuts, Roquefort or a soft goat cheese – or take it in a sweeter direction with a rich, chocolaty dessert.

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DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.

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6106 tasting notes

Another thanks to Janelle for letting me try this discontinued tea!

I couldn’t remember what this was initially, but it became fairly obvious upon brewing that it was a cinnamony, grapey tea – and it’s quite nice! The cinnamon is more in the aroma than the flavour, and isn’t overpowering in the slightest; the tea base is bold and slightly astringent, but it kind of works here. It’s also almost a bit smoky, which I think fits in quite nicely. The wine/grape flavour is the most prominent, but it certainly doesn’t taste like artificial juice, more like a sophisticated version (but not alcoholic!)

A pretty decent tea; glad to have tried it, but not too sad that it’s no longer available.

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1908 tasting notes

Tried it with milk this morning – not much of an improvement. I’m mostly just trying to use this up.

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I hate that, trying to use something that you dislike up. My strategy is to send it off, cup by cup…. hahaha. Nearly everyone is willing/curious enough to trying something once!

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1473 tasting notes

I have to be honest. I have yet to find a way to brew or sweeten this tea so that I can drink it (though I’m intrigued by the shorter steep time mentioned by the other reviewer and might give that a try). I just plain don’t like it.

However, I do use it fairly often in my cooking. Last night I used it in Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Pie (a Shepard’s Pie recipe from the comic books) and it definitely enhanced the flavour…the more of the pie I ate, the more I enjoyed it. This isn’t a tea I’ll be replacing when it runs out, but it really is quite tasty when paired with beef in a dish.

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First off, on the information for brewing this tea it says 4-6 minutes. When I tried this for the first time, at their event. This stuff was SO bitter. I asked one of the tea ladies to brew some hotter samples. Thinking that the tea had cooled too much and perhaps the real flavor wasn’t shining through. Nah, it was still really really bitter. :( I don’t blame her though, 4-6 minutes is the suggested time.
Determined to “get it right”, I tried this at about 3 minutes. It tastes a lot better.

This reminds me a lot of their Pure Chai tea. The cinnamon and cloves in Marsala really express themselves. Black tea leaves and the “Marsala flavoring” are there too. The bitterness is still present, but it can be lessened with a shorter steep time (3 mins worked for me). Overall, it has a strong and delightful flavor. I loved their Pure Chai, so this was an enjoyable cuppa.

I’m not a wine drinker, so I can’t compare this to the real wine equivalent. Seriously though, if you like the Pure Chai blend this is a good pick. If you want wine, get yourself a bottle of the real stuff.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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