Sampler Sipdown September! I’ve actually managed to sipdown a few older teas that were larger, multi-cup sipdowns recently and I’m pretty happy with that progress; getting some things out of my cupboard is a good thing! But here is another of the small two-serving T2 samplers from the T2 sampler pack horde. The first serving I made at work yesterday, and it was terrible, once again having that weird taste to the water; absolutely nothing I do seems to fix the issue, and I’ve washed that kettle so thoroughly (even soaking it in vinegar overnight) that I’m simply beside myself. It never used to have this problem, and the kettle is pretty much identical to my home kettle in design, aside from being a different brand. So frusterated with the weird burnt rubber/metallic/musty/wrong taste of the water, I’ve finally given up and am simply getting rid of the functioning kettle. I decided to upgrade my home kettle since Bonivitas were on sale on Amazon, and when it arrives, I’ll take my home kettle to work, since it still makes fine tasting water.
So, I used up the second serving of the leaf at home, so I could actually taste the tea properly. This is a black tea spice blend, and I like this one a lot more than many other black tea spice blends I’ve tried in the past, such as TeaSource’s Winter Spice tea. There is no clove in the tea, but the spices create a very clove-like flavor, and it comes off quite natural. I’ve had a lot of chai that is packed with clove and it is really biting and too heavy, or extremely cloying with that artificial clove flavor. Here the cinnamon and ginger just sort of create the same sort of flavor to me without it being overbearing, and I really like it! There isn’t a strong, gingery taste or a hot, spicy flavor, the ginger and cinnamon really do sort of balance each other out into a spicy-sweet clove taste, with a bit of cream and orange citrus flavors coming out on the finish.
Flavors: Clove, Cream, Orange