What ingredient in this tea makes it taste sweet? Cinnamon? Cloves? Nutmeg?
Bengal Spice tea made by Celestial Seasonings tastes sweet when brewed without a sweetener. It's so sweet you could convince a taster that a fair amount of sweetener was already added to their cup. The listed ingredients are: cinnamon, roasted chicory, roasted carob, natural spice and vanilla flavors with other natural flavors, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and nutmeg. The box lists 0 calories and 0 grams of carbohydrate indicating no sugar. Further, since the second infusion also tastes sweet, I doubt they "neglected" to list an ingredient such as sugar or stevia, which would tend to fully dissolve in the first infusion.
What ingredient is making the tea taste sweet? Why isn't that ingredient used to sweeten other drinks?