Palais des Thés Advent Calendar – Day 9 (from November backlog)
Hmm, so the wrapper for this lists “black tea, cardamom, and pink pepper”. I’m going to assume that’s an oversimplification since the sachet smells strongly of sweet cinnamon…
This is very Constant Comment-esque. The strongest note is sweet candylike cinnamon, though not sugary sweet à la Hot Cinnamon Spice. There’s also clove, happily not overpowering, and a nice mild orange flavor. I’m not sure whether I get cardamom here, so there must not be much as it tends to be a strong spice. Definitely not peppercorn either. It’s funny that the spices mentioned on the wrapper aren’t even the strongest ones here. The base tea is very light, so is not contributing much at all other than a bit of body. But it’s also smooth without bitterness after a 4-minute steep.
Overall, this is very pleasant to sip on, and has a nice, festive orange spice sort of flavor. It’s likely not something I would feel compelled to order, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down a cup if offered!
Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Smooth, Sweet