Review: Culinary Teas Brandy and Winter Peppermint Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"All in all, this is a sweet, smooth impressive tea for the holiday or just plain old winter time. You can drink it as is, you could add sweetener or not, you could spike it with your favorite holiday cheer. "
Jamie’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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The leaves of this good smelling winter tea are amazingly black. Imagine coal with a slight midnight green lustre and you will be pretty close to how this tea looks. The scent is minty and somehow almost banana like. I think that for my tastes and nose, the alcohol sweet scent of brandy translates to a sweet banana sort of smell to me. I don't mean anything negative by that. The scent of this tea is alluring right out of the bag.

I use a standard black tea preparation for this sample and steep 1 teaspoon of leaf in 8 ounces of just off the boil water. I allow a three minute steep.

The liquor is dark orange in color and has a great taste, right away. There's a surprising creamy quality to this black tea. The mint flavor is full and present but very different in quality than you would expect from a peppermint tea. There are no peppermint leaves at all in this flavored tea, so I expect the flavor is coming from oil of peppermint. The mint is subdued but breathy and tasty and it's followed closely by the sweet banana like brandy taste. What a lovely warm up tea this would make after a walk in the chilly air or some skating or snow shoeing.

This tea is smooth and tasty with a creamy minty flavor left as a lingering taste. I really like that this is a tea that you could enjoy without mint overburdening the flavor profile. The brandy flavor is slightly curious - I like it. To me it tastes like very ripe, dried or caramelized bananas. I don't know why bananas are jumping to mind. I rarely even eat them. Regardless, I enjoy the flavor immensely.

All in all, this is a sweet, smooth impressive tea for the holiday or just plain old winter time. You can drink it as is, you could add sweetener or not, you could spike it with your favorite holiday cheer. However you please, I would recommend stocking up on some of this so you have something nice to enjoy after that walk in the cold air or to have alongside some holiday cookies while you listen to that winter weather blow outside your door.

— To purchase Culinary Teas Brandy and Winter Peppermint Black 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.

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