I figured I might as well start in on the sample package I got, because it’s kind of like replying to emails: I either reply within three minutes or three months; there’s pretty much no in-between. yes, I’m not a very good person. But yeah, I knew that if I didn’t bust open this package, I’d probably guiltily be reviewing it in May or June, or forget that I had it and just buy more tea (which will likely happen anyway).
So i brewed this up this morning, and after I lifted my basket out of the mug and inhaled, I instantly thought “Hey! I’ve smelled this before!” and I sat there, wondering where on earth i’d smelled something so similar. And then I realized that this smelled almost identical to (but a bit lighter than) Sugar and Spice! I’m not entirely surprised—both teas are spice-heavy, it’s just that the sugar and spice has a bit more vanilla and cakiness, plus it’s on a black base whereas this one isn’t. When I sipped, I got cloves first, followed by a jumble of spices, the most prominent of them being the cinnamon and ginger (although when not in latte form, I’m getting less ginger overall, which I’m ok with). I was a little disappointed that this felt so similar to sugar and spice, although I liked that tea very much when I first tried it—I think I was just hoping for something markedly different. Having said that, I really do want to polish off this package because I hate half-filled sample packages, and they’re pretty much taking over my house at the moment. How annoying. This is also low-caffeine, which means I can have it in the evenings, which will aid in sipdownatude.