Originally posted: Dec 14, 2014
Sugar Plum Forest was there to boost my mood my dull mood this morning and really helped get me into the Christmas spirit in only the time it took to boil the kettle and harass my cat into a photoshoot.
This tea ignited a feeling of deja-vu, but for what, I couldn't say. I think it might remind me of homemade apple cider (except slightly more subtle,) but it could be anything since both the scent and taste SCREAM Christmas.
With a whopping 15 different ingredients: apple, hibiscus, rooibos, ginger, licorice root, raisins, cinnamon, rose hip peel, plum,
cardamom, star anise, bruised pepper, cloves, chili pieces and artificial flavouring, it's safe to say that it has A LOT going on in the flavour department. Usually this is a negative for me, but in this tea it really seems to work well.
The spices used are noticeable but not overwhelming which I appreciate since it is easy to go overboard (especially with cinnamon) during Christmastime. There is no definitive star ingredient that I can distinctly taste, although apple is probably the closest to being its most noticeable flavour. Sugar Plum Forest should be the
poster-child for the proper mixing of ingredients since in it, everything is balanced and works together without being overpowered by a single flavour.
One downfall is that it tastes kind of 'meh' without sugar. No flavours are really noticeable and it just tastes like bland leaf flavoured water. Yet, once you add the sugar everything comes alive. Plus it's name even has the word sugar in it, so if that isn't a hint, I don't know what is.
Overall it is a nice Christmas option, it is sweet and sophisitcated with a subtle blend of flavours that DAVIDs really did right.