Company/Brand Name: Trader Joe’s
Name: Vanilla & Cinnamon Black Tea
Category: Black Tea, Flavored (Seasonal)
Form: Tea Bag (Paper)
Origin of the Leaf: Unknown
The Leaves: Not applicable because the leaves are finely ground and hidden inside the typical tea bag exterior
Additions: Vanilla, Natural Flavors, Cinnamon
Flavor: The cinnamon and vanilla flavors are a bit muddy tasting, yet they still work well together
Overall: I’m a sucker for any vanilla and cinnamon tea combination, even if the brew is a bit weak!
When I first purchased this tea, I was wondering if it would taste similar to one of my favorite holiday teas, which is Celestial Seasonings Nutcracker Sweet. They both have exactly the same ingredients: vanilla, “other natural flavors” and cinnamon.
As soon as I got home and opened the wax seal, I knew that I had been correct in my assumption.
While allowing the tea to steep, the resulting fragrance pales in comparison to the Nutcracker Sweet’s inviting aroma.
I had a similar experience with the taste. The flavor is suggestive of vanilla and cinnamon, but it makes for a rather weak brew. Although, I found I could compensate for this by simply using less water.
At times, I got a little bit of a paper-y taste. Overall, the flavors were rather muddied; not clean and crisp tasting. It was difficult to distinguish the vanilla and cinnamon individually, but the combination somehow works out to make a sweet tasting holiday treat.
In conclusion, the Trader Joe’s brand just didn’t have that extra oomph of the Nutcracker Sweet, but would do in a pinch.
This holiday tea came in a rectangular cardboard box. The tea bags are square in shape and layered in twos on top of each other in a wax-lined paper seal. Because two tea bags are connected, you’ve got to tear them apart to use just one.
Per usual, I simply followed the directions printed on the box: “Pour boiling water directly over tea bag in a cup and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bag.” Since no instructions were given regarding the amount of water to use, I went with the general guideline of 8-ounces. However, I would recommend 6-ounces to obtain a better flavor.
One thing I did find out accidentally, is that this tea can steep for quite a while without getting bitter.
Dessert Tea – I would classify this as a dessert tea, because it does taste sweet due to the vanilla and cinnamon combination.
Holiday Tea – For some reason the warms notes of vanilla and cinnamon seem to be well suited for the holidays.
I Want This Tea!
If you’d like to purchase this tea, you’ll have to live near a Trader Joes (because it isn’t available online) and wait until the holidays when it will be in stock again 🙂
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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.
Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.