Black Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Citrus Tea, Clove Tea, Davidsons Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Mint Tea, Nutmeg Tea, Orange Peel Tea, Peppermint tea, Rose Hip Tea
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|"the presence of the mint is what elevates this tea far above any other comparable holiday teas"|
Right about now, most places around the US are experiencing the onset of autumn, which brisk winds and chilly temperatures that just encourage tea drinking even more so than usual. Then there's Miami, where it is 85 degrees on the first of November, making it hard to remember what it feels like to be cold. Still, I was willing to try my best at enjoying cooler seasons, and I decided to brew up my sample of Christmas tea from Davidson's Tea company. This tea is noted as their best seller, and is described as "an exquisite blend of the finest black tea, exotic Korintje cinnamon, aromatic cloves, heady mint, and citrus peel"". Other ingredients include nutmeg, rosehips, hibiscus, and natural flavor. With the exception of the vague natural flavor, all of the ingredients are indicated as being organic. The tea has all of the ingredients that evoke the holidays, with the cinnamon and cloves perhaps being the biggest players of this role. I was looking forward to this blend because of the wide variety of ingredients involved. I have had many a chai-like tea that includes cinnamon and cloves. And I've had many citrus-spice teas that involve orange and cinnamon and/or cloves. However, I can't recall having a blend that combines citrus, spice, and mint all together. I have to say that the presence of the mint is what elevates this tea far above any other comparable holiday teas. The overall flavor is sweet and very spicy, and the mint seems to act as the blend's base (even more so than the black tea), giving it a crisp and refreshing essence. The cinnamon and cloves were very bold, perhaps just a little too strong for my personal preferences. However, those are just my personal preferences, and there's still no denying that hig quality spices were used. I enjoyed several cups of this tea, and I can see how this would be the ideal tea to serve at holiday meals. The flavors are indeed representative of Christmas and the winter season. Since the tea is naturally rather sweet, I did not add any sugar. I did try a splash of milk in one cup of this tea, but I would not recommend doing this. This tea is best enjoyed on its own and adding milk or sugar only detracts from the blend of ingredients.
— To purchase Davidson’s Christmas Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.