The one Black Friday deal I actually took advantage of was at my local Chapters Bookstore. 40% off was just too hard to pass up. However, I own a Kindle and normally buy ebooks so I hit up the gift section, more specifically the teas and teaware they offer. I took the opportunity to pick up a selection of For Tea’s Sake blends, including this particular tea which seems to be sold exclusively at Chapters/Indigo stores.
The first thing I noticed was the scent is quite reflective of the holiday season: sweet but with the slightest touch of spice. At first sip, the plum takes over. It is delectable with notes of stone fruit and sugar. The base, though not imparting much to the taste, contributes body to the tea that makes it richer and more well-rounded. Unfortunately, the tail end of the sip comes off perfumey – spicy floral, similar to lavender, yet also quite drying. It is not particularly offensive while the tea is still hot but it does take over the more it cools. As a result, I would say make smaller mugs of this to ensure you finish it while its still hot.
Nonetheless, this tea definitely captures the flavor that I assume a sugar plum might have. It’s both rich yet delicate and there is a great deal of depth to the cup. Just avoid letting this cool and it’s pretty nice. Certainly a great introduction to the For Tea’s Sake brand.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: For Tea’s Sake
Sugar Plum Fairy-approved, this Christmas Black Loose Leaf Tea has fruity and lightly spiced notes that are inspired by the tastes of the holidays. Get into the rhythm of the season with this festive tea, featuring cinnamon, clove pieces, safflower petals, and natural flavouring in a 100 g tin. Non-GMO and gluten-free.
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!
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