Williamsburg Ginger Cake

Tea type
Black Tea
Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger Root, Orange Flavoring, Orange Peel, Vanilla Flavour
Cinnamon, Cloves, Molasses, Orange, Spices
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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “I saw this tea when I was looking on the Harney & Sons website for my favorite Gingerbread Festival tea. In honor of the season, I decided to give the Williamsburg Holiday Heritage tea and...” Read full tasting note

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A true Colonial Williamsburg tradition, the iconic ginger cakes baked at the Raleigh Tavern bakery have been a coveted favorite for generations of visitors. Let the festive aroma of Williamsburg Ginger Cake tea warm your home and spirit this holiday season. A rich black tea with cloves, cinnamon, and molasses to warm the season. 

Your purchase of Williamsburg products supports the research, preservation, and educational programs of the non-profit Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Ingredients: Black tea, ginger root, orange peel, cinnamon, molasses flavor, orange flavor, vanilla flavor, cloves. Contains natural flavors.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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I saw this tea when I was looking on the Harney & Sons website for my favorite Gingerbread Festival tea. In honor of the season, I decided to give the Williamsburg Holiday Heritage tea and this one a try as well. At the first sip there is a warm, spicy flavor but no one particular spice stands out. After the initial warm spice flavor, there’s a subtle molasses taste but it’s not as predominant as it is in the Gingerbread Festival tea. There’s also a subtle orange flavor but, again, it’s very blended and, for me, no one flavor dominates.

I have no idea how a Williamsburg Ginger Cake tastes but if it’s anything like this tea I may have to find a recipe. I think this will become one of those seasonal Harney teas that I will splurge on every winter. I only wish it was available loose as well as in the sachets.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Molasses, Orange, Spices

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

How do these compare to their Holiday tea? I have a tin of that one so I don’t want to buy anything too similar until I finish it.

Cameron B.

To me, this one is very similar to Gingerbread Festival, but with added orange, and the Holiday Heritage one is very similar to Hot Cinnamon Spice.


I would have to agree with Cameron B. Williamsburg Ginger Cake is similar to Gingerbread Festival. I find the latter has more of a molasses flavor well Ginger Cake has a subtle orange flavor. Williamsburg Holiday Heritage has a very strong red hot cinnamon flavor to it.


Thank you both! I already have the Hot Cinnamon Spice, so I may pass on the Williamsburg blends and only buy a tin of the Gingerbread Festival. I’ve seen a few people mention it here, so I’ve been wanting to try it.

Cameron B.

It’s so good, definitely the best gingerbread tea IMO! Let me know if you’d like a sample before buying. :)


I second that opinion – Gingerbread Festival is the best gingerbread tea I’ve ever had. I only wish it came in loose as well as sachet. I will say, I really like the Williamsburg Ginger Cake, but if you’re only getting one, Gingerbread Festival would be the one.


Thank you, Cameron! I had a couple of other blends on my list, so I bought a tin. With all the praise, I can’t imagine I wouldn’t like it. If I don’t, I know a few people here I can send it to! :D

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