A perennial favorite for the holiday season (and only sold in November and December), our organic and Fair Trade Certified Holiday Spice Black Tea pairs bold organic Indian tea with generous doses of orange, cinnamon and clove flavor! Despite the generous flavoring, the brisk and coppery qualities of the black tea really come through. Like all of our flavored blends, our Holiday Spice Black Tea uses only the highest quality organic loose leaf tea, essential oils and botanical ingredients, insuring an excellent cup every time!
Ingredients: organic Indian black tea, organic orange peel, organic cinnamon, organic clove, and natural orange cinnamon spice flavor
Serving Size: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Sarah Says: This tea smells so yummy in your cup. I find that I brew a lot of it during the holiday season!
Posted by Jannie from the Northwoods on 22nd Nov 2016
Simply, a delight! Delicious!
Posted by Unknown on 18th Dec 2015
It's like Christmas in a cup! I always -thought- I liked my tea strong....However I find one half teaspoon dry tea per 10 oz. cup to be plenty strong enough. And brewed at 2 minutes instead of 3 is perfect. Sometimes I cut the Holiday tea leaves with a plain black. The spices can be strong. I am not a fan of clove, but love cinnamon and citrus peel.
Posted by Janet Binion on 29th Dec 2014
What a tasty holiday treat. I ordered a sample size recently but can see myself getting a large bag next November. This is a great combination of fall/winter flavors.
Posted by akbratt on 18th Dec 2014
This is an amazing flavored tea! Every spice is just right. It is a symphony of flavor. I LOVE IT! I will be buying more.
Posted by Yen -Wen on 15th Dec 2014
I never tried it before but I order in bulk for the first time because of other reviewers' input. yes, they are right about everything! Thanks God I ordered enough when its not available all year around.
If you like clean holiday smell in your house, you must try this one! No overpowering stuff like other commercial teas. That's the way should be!
Posted by Jen on 11th Dec 2013
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Mar 2013
on my calendar to buy when it is available again next year. This was the perfect blend of rich, spicy & fruity. I am also a big fan of seasonal offerings in flavored teas and I appreciate Arbor sticking to that strategy (so don't listen to our begging)--so when I can get it, it is really special!
Posted by Laurie K. Feldt on 5th Feb 2013
Get this tea while it's in season and stock up! This is my very favourite tea so far by Arbor Teas. I use this as my breakfast tea every day 'till it runs out. The fruit and spices are very fresh tasting. The black tea is high quality. This tea makes winter in Michigan bearable. Each year I can barely wait for November.
Posted by Catherine Alter on 13th Dec 2012
This is the best holiday tea ever; aroma alone conjures up comfort
and the taste is wonderful allowing notice of each individual spice.
Wonderful to taste, smell and hold in a hot mug. Good by a fire or
Try as an iced tea brew!
Posted by Nickel Bushong on 14th Dec 2009
I ordered several of the sample packs of this tea to distribute as Christmas gifts at work. When I opened the box my house immediately smelled like Christmas! My husband and I lasted about a half an hour before we *had* to break into one of the packs and try it. It was even better than it smelled - I'm so glad that I ordered some extras! I can't recommend this tea highly enough especially because it is both Organic and Fair Trade. I'm simply thrilled!
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.
Sweet with piquant heat and spiced just so with orange, cinnamon, and clove from the Holiday Spice Black Tea. Use it to top cheese and crackers for a quick snack or appetizer, mix with ketchup for a fancy chili dipping sauce, or dollop over your take-out ramen bowl to add a festive touch. Check here to view the full recipe for Holiday Spice-y Red Pepper Relish!
The original inspiration for this recipe came from Martha Stewart as a chamomile version of lemon meringue pie in a homey cornmeal crust. You could alter the recipe by subbing in blood orange and organic holiday spice black tea to wow your guests at the holiday party. Check here to view the full recipe for the Citrus and Tea Cream Pie!