First off: Hello! Glad to see you found your way here. Welcome to the first post of Five o’clock, an attempt to chronicle my slight obsession with drinking (and buying) tea.
My somewhat over-the-top tea enthusiasm became especially prominent during the recent Christmas period where I might have made a point to buy every single christmas/winter themed tea I could find in the supermarket. I figured since lots of companies tend to bring out the same christmas tea year after year, it’d be the best thing to simply get my research out of the way now, right?
One of the teas that came out on the winning side of this experiment was Teekanne’s Wintertime (Winterzeit), a speculoos-flavoured fruit infusion. Speculoos, in case you’re not familiar, is a crunchy christmas biscuit popular in Germany and the Netherlands. This was one of the more interesting claims in terms of christmasy flavours, but I’m happy to report that it wasn’t one completely made up by their marketing department. The whole thing smells nicely of festive spices – cardamom and a bit of cinnamon, and somewhat like mixed spice in the UK (such a great completely unspecific name for a spice mix, by the way), which is essentially what speculoos smells like as well. The tea itself tastes quite fruity on the first sip – there’s an apple and an orange on the box as well, which seems about right – but the speculoos spices come through afterwards and linger in your mouth for a bit. (Not overwhelmingly strong though which is nice.)
I’m not sure how widely available this tea is outside of Germany (Teekanne does distribute their products all over the world, though I’m not sure if that includes seasonal teas), but if you stumble upon it somewhere I’d say give it a try if you’re in the mood for a slightly different christmas tea!