Hello, today’s tea is Winter Solstice, and it is a blended black tea from Peet’s Coffee & Tea. We’re taking another detour from our tasting because this is a seasonal offering and won’t stick around for long. In fact, in years past it has sold out.
It’s a glorious blend of black teas, spices, orange peel and vanilla. I read that it also contains bergamot. It has a warm, inviting fragrance that is perfect for these crisp mornings. In fact, it’s as nice to look at and sniff as it is to drink.
Pictured are the tea leaves and spices before brewing. After brewing the orange peel expands and the leaves turn dark reddish brown with flecks of green. The fragrance is spicy, but not overwhelming. The flavor is very warming, with the spices leaving a tingling feeling on the tongue and the citrus coming through later, as an aftertaste. The spices are not overbearing–this is not a spice tea, per se. The spice mingles with the tea and adds a certain warmth and depth, but not a heavy-handed flavor. This tea could be had without milk, but I add it because I prefer my black tea that way.
All in all, this is a very good tea, one that I’ve been known to hoard so I can have it all year ’round, and not just for the holidays.
Get yours now, while it’s on sale and before it’s gone: http://www.peets.com/shop/tea_detail.asp?id=1705&cid=2003