Candy Cane Lane smells like delicious mint. I don’t know if I would call it peppermint like an actual candy cane though, more like if you turned Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies into a tea. If you have ever smelled a bag of potpourri or gone into a Michael’s craft store, you know what Sugar Plum Spice smells like. Do you like drinking perfumed flowers? I have no idea what a plum smells like, but if it is like this, I’ve made a wise decision to have never eaten one to this point in my life.
Winner: Candy Cane Lane
Candy Cane Lane is the only green tea of the bunch, so it looks a little off putting at the beginning. After steeping for a bit, it takes a little bit of a red color and ends up looking like a cup of cider. The Sugar Plum Spice is pretty much bright red from beginning to end and looks exactly like what you would expect.
Winner: Sugar Plum Spice
Candy Cane Lane = soaking a Thin Mint in hot water. Much like beer, part of the joy of drinking tea is the smell before the taste, and Candy Cane Lane smells so nice it’s almost disappointing when you taste it and realize it’s less hot coco with mint and more hot ass water. The Sugar Plum Spice is definitely a fuller flavor. Fruity with a spice-y undertone. Definitely a lot more sugar. I just threw up a little in my mouth.
Winner: Candy Can Lane
The final verdict? Candy Cane Lane lives up to its number 1 seed and wins two out of the three criteria. But who will it face out of the cookie bracket?