This deep dark Chinese tea is like a gorgeous starry night, glimmering with gold and silver sugar crystals that shimmer as they steep. Take a sip and the slow suggestion of cinnamon will warm your body. Your toes will tingle and your mind will turn to fireworks, falling stars, late-night seduction. It’s basically magic. (Is it getting hot in here, or is it just the tea?)
Chinese black tea, sugar crystals, gold sugar balls, vanilla, orange peel, cloves, natural and artificial flavouring
Leaf Type: Black (flavored)
Where to Purchase: DAVIDsTEA
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1.25 teaspoons per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 208°F
Steep Time: 4 - 7m
Today's review almost didn't happen and I blame it all on the concept of putting things in a safe place. Last week I put this tea in what I deemed a "safe place," one where toddlers and husbands won't move it, accidentally spill something on it, or decide to drink it. Of course, then I promptly forgot where this so-called safe place was. I'm sure I'm not the only one this happens to, am I?
It took me over two hours of searching to find it.
I've had this tea since May, when fellow Steepster member Scribbles sent it to me, and its been sitting unopened waiting for tonight. When I first saw it I thought it would be perfect for New Year's Eve. The dry tea itself is very festive; it's studded with gold dragées and a sprinkling of large sugar crystals. I find that it reminds me of the Times Square Ball dropping on a snowy night like tonight.
The scent of the steeped tea is warm and inviting, composed primarily of cinnamon, with hints of clove and orange poking through the black base. A bit of vanilla gives it some added sweetness, almost too much since there is a fair amount of sugar to begin with. The tea may be a little gimmicky with its shimmer and sparkles, but I feel the same way about New Year's celebrations in general, so this is the perfect tea for me to ring in the new year with.
Would I order this again? Not for myself, but I might give it as a gift. I don't think this is a tea I could drink on a regular basis, just based on the amount of sugar it contains. However, if someone offered me a cup I would certain drink it again.