Spiced Hot Toddy

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Apple Pieces, Black Tea, Cinnamon, Cinnamon Chips, Cloves, Dried Cherries, Ginger, Hibiscus, Honey, Marigold Flowers, Natural Cinnamon Flavor, Natural Cranberry Flavor, Natural Ginger Flavor, Natural Lemon Flavor, Orange, Organic Lemongrass, Rose Hips
Flavors
Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Raisins
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Certification
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Edit tea info Last updated by Martin Bednář
Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 300 ml

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  • “I had this warm, and it was really pleasant. It’s mildly spiced and fruity. I didn’t notice the black tea in the taste, but it wasn’t thin or lacking in flavor. Not something I’d order, but I’m...” Read full tasting note
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  • “CuppaGeek Advent Calendar – Day 17 I have never had a hot toddy that I can recall. I know what they are but have never personally made one. From this, I would assume they are a combination of tea,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “advent day 14 This one smelled amaaaaazing. It was kinda like apple cider but not and man was i in heaven having it in the room while i was working. That aside i did NOT love the taste. It...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Advent Day 10, From the Depths of the Grab Bag. “Packet smells like that tiger tea. I smell cinnamon, star anise, maybe a little licorice, a little licorice in there? Uh, maybe a little orange. ...” Read full tasting note

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Spiced Hot Toddy – Delicious black tea with lovely notes of oranges, cranberry, lemon and spices. . .all you really need to do is add a shot to really indulge or enjoy as it is for a classic delicious treat!

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8 Tasting Notes

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1308 tasting notes

I had this warm, and it was really pleasant. It’s mildly spiced and fruity. I didn’t notice the black tea in the taste, but it wasn’t thin or lacking in flavor. Not something I’d order, but I’m glad I tried it! The strongest flavors were probably cinnamon and apple, but it managed to not taste like the million other teas with this flavor profile.

I still have plenty of teas from Cuppa Geek, but this is finally my last sample from the advent calendar! I really enjoyed most of the flavors, and at $18 for 26 teas, there’s no better deal out there. I’ll buy one every year if there is one!

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CuppaGeek Advent Calendar – Day 17

I have never had a hot toddy that I can recall. I know what they are but have never personally made one. From this, I would assume they are a combination of tea, citrus (specifically lemon/orange), and cinnamon. I am pretty sure that’s not super far off. I also get apple – which seems like it should be at home in a hot toddy but I don’t believe it is.

This is pretty cozy. It’s got a nice balance of citrus and spice, the former being a brighter flavor that sits on top while the latter gives this depth. Nothing screams alcohol to me, which is nice for my tastes. And the black tea base peeps through slightly to tie together the citrus and spice. Just a very cozy cuppa perfect for a snow-filled day!

Cameron B.

Normally I think it’s just booze (whiskey or similar), lemon, honey, and water.

Courtney

Oh really? I had no idea what this was, despite hearing of it!

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advent day 14

This one smelled amaaaaazing. It was kinda like apple cider but not and man was i in heaven having it in the room while i was working. That aside i did NOT love the taste. It wasn’t really a hot toddy to me and there was a bit of bitterness coming through in the base that didn’t work for me. Oh well, can’t win them all. On aroma alone this would be like a 97 haha

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Advent Day 10, From the Depths of the Grab Bag.

“Packet smells like that tiger tea.

I smell cinnamon, star anise, maybe a little licorice, a little licorice in there? Uh, maybe a little orange. Well, there’s something astringent in there like rosehips or something. I’ve had this before I think. It smells kinda like Constant Comment. Uh, maybe some apple, like apple cider. It’s ok. I say it’s a 6. Would I drink it again? I would drink it but I don’t crave it. Well?"

It’s called Spiced Hot Toddy. You ever had a hot toddy?

“Yeah. It doesn’t taste like a hot toddy.”
Cameron B.

Lol, “Well?!”

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Cuppageek Advent Day 11

Wake up was much better this morning, without the “rock on chest” feeling.

I did ruminate over the breakfast menu a bit, not really wanting sweet today but savory, but my husband is coming home early from work and we plan to have outside gong fu after lunch (it is supposed to be 68F which is 20C!!!), so I don’t need a big breakfast since I will be having an actual lunch instead of splitting a bag of broccoli with Sam.

I quickly settled on cheese toast with mustard and stood on tiptoe to get my tea.

Well, well, well! Starting the day with a Spiced Hot Toddy! I don’t think I have ever had a hot toddy. It sounds good, though!

This was great with my cheese toast and mustard. Serendipity! A floral tea would not have been a good pairing, but this is perfect.

The spices are right up my alley. How to describe it since I have never had a toddy? It is more like a mulled cider than a chai. There is fruitiness and nice, warming spices that never threaten to get hot. There is a tart tingle on the tongue from apple and hibiscus, but for all us hibby haters I will want to add that it is so light it could easily have been green apple and not hibby, but I had looked at the ingredients. The lemongrass contributes to the tart fruit vibe.

I enjoyed my second cup sprawled on the sofa listening to gmathis’ music recommendation from my yesterday’s tasting note and watching the bunnies play through the bow window.

Martin Bednář

You got a great weather to enjoy gongfu session outside. Here snows, but it melts right away.

gmathis

Loved this one.

White Antlers

ashmanra I sort of envy your weather, but by the same token, I love the 4 seasons here at home. We had snow flurries this week and even though nothing stuck, it was grand to see those flakes swirling down from the sky!

Hot toddies (in my bartending experience) in the classic sense generally are made of whiskey, hot water, honey and lemon. They are both comforting and potent and good to quaff right before a nap or at bedtime. Yours sounds like a treat that won’t interfere with ones ability to be productive-or to drive!

gmathis

They’re making a little noise about some weekend snow here—my favorite kind if it does fly; the ground is too warm for it to mess up the roads, but it’ll lie nicely on tree branches and grass.

ashmanra

White Antlers – I just went out to do some yard work and it was still only 55. Our weather is so volatile – it might be 75 degrees in winter and 36 hours later it is 29 and ice is falling. (Rare) We will have snow on the ground in shady places and yet the high will be warm enough for short sleeves, it really is all over the place. We had a few cold days, so I am longing for open air gong fu and we are going to try a propane stove this time to heat our water. We usually run an extension cord and take the kettle out.

ashmanra

Gmathis – I wonder if it will head our way in a few days? I hooe you get just the dusting you want!

White Antlers: i understand loving the rhythm of the seasons! I need to warn Martin that if he visits the South in winter, he may experience all four seasons in the space of three days or less! I am near the coastal plain, but in the mountains they do have lovely fall color and much more snow than here.

White Antlers

ashmanra Isn’t our idea of ‘winter’ interesting? I lived in the SF Bay area for 23 years. What I considered coastal winter weather happened there in the summer. It was sometimes laughable but often heartbreaking to see tourists freezing at the cable car stops in July or August, wearing shorts, flip flops and thin t-shirts as the fog and brutal wind tore at them. The last Christmas I spent there, in 2014, it was in the 90s and I was outside on Christmas morning, barfoot and in cotton pajamas, filling the bird feeders. Today is in the 50s, warm for December in the Northeast, but the night temperatures are going down to freezing, so at least I can bundle up happily for evening walks.

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: If I just knew when I want to come :D — summers are too hot, winter — everything possible, autumn — rains, spring maybe?

gmathis

Autumn for the Ozarks! (Of course, that entails only about six perfect days the entire season, and never in a row.)

ashmanra

Martin: Spring for sure! It’s the greatest!

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Another Advent Tea session brought to you by CuppaGeek!

Ah well. Not in mood for trying being funny.

This tea is tasty. I noticed apple must, orange zests, raisins… such a good combo of all fruits that come to mind. There is little of clove and cinnamon making me feel it’s bit like a pie/cake, but missing the pastry part a bit.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I liked this one!

Martin Bednář

It’s certainly tasty, but I felt something missing. I don’t know what exactly. Truth is I wasn’t paying much attention to tea as well :)

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2505 tasting notes

Confounded bifocals…label on the Advent packet was too small for me to read. I’ll let somebody with 20/20 vision add the ingredients to the tea description.

However, whatever is in it (hunks of fruit; I think I saw a strand or two of lemongrass?) is absolutely delicious. Tastes like a rum and raisin fruitcake. The good kind—not the dried out and petrified mass market variety that people throw on the pay-it-forward snack table at work. Very well blended!

gmathis

Aha! Just got a newsletter update cataloging all the Cuppa Geek Advent teas. (In larger font!) No wonder I liked it! Tea description now updated.

ashmanra

Ha ha! I tried to read the ingredients to my daughter and said, “Hold on a minute while I take off my glasses and hold the package against my eye!” I was glad of the ingredient and flavors list, too!

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