I recently signed up to receive a free sampler pack from Twinings. The most exciting one was Winter Spice, a chamomile herbal tea with cinnamon, clove and cardamom. I tend to overlook teas in lieu of coffees, but a good herbal tea on a winter night is perfect.
No caffeine, flavor, and that elusive warmth I’m generally after between December and April. The directions say to steep it for three to five minutes, and I think I went past that mark, but it didn’t compromise the flavor from what I could tell; it wasn’t bitter or too strong at all.
The tea is actually very mild, and the smell is stronger than the taste. Sitting with a mug of it beside you, you get a whiff of what smells like the inside of a gift shop around Christmasâ€”cinnamon and other spices abound. It’s comforting, just what you want from an herbal tea at night or when you just want to take a meditative moment in the midst of a rough day.
There is just enough flavor to let you know you’re drinking more than hot water, but it isn’t overpowering in the least. It could be the ideal tea to curl up on the couch with on a night when snow is falling outside the window.
However, the description of the tea mentions apple as a prominent note and I didn’t notice that at all. I mostly tasted the spices. The ingredients list says: chamomile, natural apple flavor with other natural flavors, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove.
This is a good, comforting, and warming tea, but if you like your flavor to knock you over the head at first sip, you’ll want to look elsewhere. Cinnamon Apple Spice from Celestial Seasonings is an extremely strong option with a similar flavor palette.
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