Whilst on a day out shopping at Bluewater my mum and we decided to pop into Marks & Spencer food hall to pick up a few Christmas treats. So when I saw a selection of festive teas I just had to get some. Eventually I decided to grab a tin of their spiced tea.
Onto the packaging I liked the red colour of the tea caddy with a picture of a gold teapot to the centre which has a description of the tea inside. It is described as a delicately spiced black tea from southern India with flavours of nutmeg, clove and ginger. An inviting description for a tea to be drunk during the festive season. Onto the ingredients black tea, cassia bark, allspice (12%), flavourings (clove, cardamom, ginger), nutmeg are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is a no may contain warning.
On opening the tea caddy I was greeted by a sealed foil package containing the teabags. I like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the foil packet I was greeted by a delightful aroma from the all spice. The aroma intensified slightly on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag this did weaken.
I placed the teabag in my teacup and added freshly boiled water. The teabag soon infused with the hot water and it changed a medium brown colour. I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes as instructed as I have my tea medium weak and milk free. The aroma from the black tea became more predominant with undertones of the all spice cardamom, clove and ginger noted. On sipping the tea I was worried that the black tea would impact on the other elements to this tea. This was not the case. The black tea was initially the strongest flavour to this tea with subtle undertones from clove, cardamom and ginger, noted. After a few sips the flavours from the all spice became more apparent. All of the elements to this tea complimented nicely. The spices were definitely more subtle when comparing to other chai style teas that I have previously tried. That said its strength was perfect for someone who likes their tea medium weak and works well milk free so great for me.
So would I recommend this spiced tea? Yes I would. Its aroma and flavour make for a nice everyday festive tea. The aroma and flavour from the spices are fairly subtle and would be more suited to someone who likes and a nice everyday black tea with a hint of both aromas and flavours that you associate with Christmas. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a nice every day spiced tea that I can enjoy.