This month’s sampler from The Republic of Tea is an herbal blend, Cardamom Cinnamon, which also contains ginger, chicory, and black pepper among other things. The scent is warmly spicy, most of that from the cinnamon, mild, and sweet. It’s reminiscent of these spiced apples in a jar my mom used to buy. They were sliced, with a hole in the middle for some reason, and canned with this cinnamony red liquid.
Brewed as per recommendations, the taste is a little mild for me. I think I’d let it steep longer. The flavors are good, though. It’s warm and comforting. The slight heat from the black pepper is subtle, but noticeable on the tongue. Just enough to enhance and highlight the warmth of the cardamom and the cinnamon. It even lingers a bit after the last sip. Very nice for a cool autumn day, or cold winter’s night.
Just a drop or two of vanilla would improve it, I think. With a dollop of milk or half-and-half. I don’t like this enough to order 36 bags of it, but it gets a tentative thumbs up.