David’s Tea Hot Lips

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: green, somewhat flat with small red flecks and bright peppercorns
Ingredients: green tea, cinnamon, safflower, pink peppercorn, chili pepper, natural flavoring
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: brassy gold

This tea was all hot cinnamon and chili pepper spice. I’m usually a sucker for cinnamon tea but this blend just did not do it for me. The spices and flavoring were so overwhelming that they completely masked the green tea. They actually burned a bit. If the base had been a black tea, I might have like it a lot more. That being said, I am not someone who enjoys spicy food. If you are a glutton for palate punishment then this blend might actually be for you. This incident reminded me of one of my first tea reviews from back in my Teaviews days. The offending brew was Yogic Chai’s Mexican Sweet Chili. It was so spicy that my sinuses revolted so I rated it a 4 out of 10. Another reviewer who grew up in Southern California rate the same tea a 9 out of 10. He thought it tasted like home. The moral of the story is that everyone’s tastes are different so don’t just take my word for it!

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.