|"The flavor of almond sunset is unparalleled when it comes to a roasty-sweet-cinnamon herbal. "|
I have tried many of their products. It's also true that quite a few of them are of less quality than I'm used to drinking. But there are three flavors that I always have on hand. Candy Cane Lane and Madagascar Vanilla Red are two that are must haves for me, an occasional evening brew.
The last of the three is my secret addiction, not so secret anymore. It is the delicious herbal tea Almond Sunset.
The aroma of the tea is unique. When I brew it, I always smell a deep and roasted element. Intermingled is a slightly sweet and not surprisingly almond teaser. It is a complex fragrance that I had never encountered before. You know you are in for an unusual tea experience.
The flavor of almond sunset is unparalleled when it comes to a roasty-sweet-cinnamon herbal. It is deep and smooth. The roasted flavor contains none of the smokiness or bitterness that other Celestial Seasonings herbals do (i.e. Roastaroma). Perhaps the cinnamon and almond flavors add the right amount of balance. The ingredients are quite numerous and some surprising: roasted carob, roasted barley, roasted chicory, cinnamon, orange peel, natural almond flavor, blackberry leaves, anise seed. They are a winning combination, apparently!
I am an almond and amaretto addict. I'm always on the lookout for another tea or cookie or ice cream or anything that captures those flavors, and this is my favorite of all. It has a definite almond quality with complexity and satisfaction.
The best way to drink this tea is with a generous dollop of cream or milk. I prefer a French vanilla creamer (or a limited edition Italian Sweet Cream that is out in stores right now ...œ yum!) in this tea. Then it is a truly wonderful tea latte-like experience and caffeine-free, too! This is quite a departure from my normal tea drinking habits; straight up and strong as can be. The flavors of this brew lend themselves to be smoothed out with cream.
If you usually turn your nose up at Celestial Seasonings, I think you should reconsider if you see a box of Almond Sunset on the shelf. You won't be disappointed.
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