Christmas Wreath

Tea type
Black Chai Blend
Ingredients
Apple, Black Currant, Black Teas, Cardamon Seed, Cinnamon, Flavors
Flavors
Apple, Astringent, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Malt, Spices, Cranberry, Honey, Smooth
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 353 ml

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  • “This tea has a very nice warmth to it. It brings to my mind images of a cold winter evening, sitting in front of the fireplace, watching snow fall outside a window. At first I noticed the cinnamon....” Read full tasting note
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  • “Thanks again to Cameron B for allowing me to try these Lupicia teas! This one sounded intriguing… the black tea leaves look quite small but doesn’t result in a pitch black cup. It’s quite light...” Read full tasting note
    81
  • “Holiday Tea-son! I am saving the tea that came out of my Bird & Blend advent calendar for my Doctor Who viewing this Sunday, so I’m making this sampler I got from an expired Lupicia holiday...” Read full tasting note
    65
  • “Home – 6:00 PM This tea is way better than I expected. I assumed it would be stronger on the spices since it’s a Christmas tea. Plus I saw a lot of whole cardamom pods in the dry leaf. But...” Read full tasting note
    85

From Lupicia

Savor the flavor of the holidays with this traditional European winter tea. Apples, cranberries and spice how nice!

Ingredients: Indian black tea, Vietnamese black tea, cardamom seed, dried black currant (black currant, sugar, fructose, sunflower oil), cinnamon, dried apple, flavorings

Steeping Instructions:

212 F water, 2.5-3 min. steep

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7 Tasting Notes

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259 tasting notes

This tea has a very nice warmth to it. It brings to my mind images of a cold winter evening, sitting in front of the fireplace, watching snow fall outside a window.
At first I noticed the cinnamon. It’s not strong, but it is definitely present. Then there are apples, and I believe clove. All the elements are balanced, nothing really is overpowering anything else. On the other hand, there isn’t really anything to hang your hat on. All the elements are mellow and relaxing and cozy, which is I think what Lupicia was going for with this blend. I wonder how a dash of brandy would be in this? All in all, a pretty decent cup of tea, with a very evocative flavor and aroma.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Thanks again to Cameron B for allowing me to try these Lupicia teas! This one sounded intriguing… the black tea leaves look quite small but doesn’t result in a pitch black cup. It’s quite light actually. So I don’t believe any or many CTC black tea leaves are used here. The flavors that I’m supposed to be tasting don’t seem to be here though: black currant, cranberry and apple? Not really. Somehow what this tea reminds me of most of all, is 52Teas Coconut French Toast with Cardamom. There is mostly a cardamom flavor with otherwise a general feeling of baked goods. It’s tasty but a surprise when there should be other flavors here. The second steep somehow became more of the flavors it was supposed to be… more hints of fruit and cinnamon, less baked goods and cardamom.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 16 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

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Holiday Tea-son! I am saving the tea that came out of my Bird & Blend advent calendar for my Doctor Who viewing this Sunday, so I’m making this sampler I got from an expired Lupicia holiday pack last April during a mottainai sale for my work thermos today

The brewed tea smells very fruity, with some spice notes. The base tea is fairly strong and produces some drying astringency after the sip. The tea has a somewhat sweet apple flavor, and there is a slight cinnamon flavor after the sip, but it is quite subtle. There is supposed to be cardamom and currant notes in this tea, but I’m not really picking up on either. The black base is quite robust, and it feels more like a weak apple/cinnamon flavoring over the top.

Not my favorite. I’m really only getting much of an apple flavor, and I prefer Lupicia’s Apple Black a lot more than this. If the other flavors had presented themselves, that may have changed my feelings some. I suspect the sampler sachet vs. the loose version of the tea may make a big difference, too; looking at the sachet I’m not seeing any full cardamom pods or cranberry pieces like in the picture here on Steepster, it pretty much just looks like plain black tea leaves. I’m assuming there are only a few flavorings in the sachet version?

Flavors: Apple, Astringent, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Malt, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Home – 6:00 PM

This tea is way better than I expected. I assumed it would be stronger on the spices since it’s a Christmas tea. Plus I saw a lot of whole cardamom pods in the dry leaf.

But happily, the strongest flavor here is the apple. It’s a soft cooked apple flavor, like filling in a pie. There’s a touch of cinnamon that really makes it taste pie-ish. There’s a nice, slightly tart dried cranberry flavor as well, and some lovely honey notes coming through from the black tea.

Yummy. This is a lovely tea for autumn, too. ❤

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Honey, Malt, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea is full of flavor, but none of the flavors are super bold. There is warm, sweet cinnamon along with a darker clove note, and then there is a bright apple flavor that is really lovely. Lupica does apple flavors very well. I don’t taste the cranberry except for a slight hint of tartness as the tea cools.

I didn’t drink this at Christmas time, but today we had our first snowfall, so it’s been nice to sit and drink this while watching the snow fall outside.

Thank you, Naylynn for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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790 tasting notes

This smells like everything I want in a Christmas tea – apples, fruit, sweet, spice, cloves, cinnamon, ginger… The tea base is very strong though and without adding cream and sugar, the apple didn’t really come out. It doesn’t quite fulfill the promise of the scent, but I will allow room for it being operator error in steeping. :)

Thanks, NayLynn, for including this in the Christmas card swap!

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