|" This one is just right...the tea base is of a nice quality, it has a tasty nutty flavor and the perfect spice backdrop."|
After a nearly two month break from reviewing tea, I am back (hopefully). Out of my existing backlog of samples that need attention, this one was calling my name. My sample is chock full of pieces of the ingredients and is quite festive looking in large part due to all of the little red peppercorns.
I prepared this using water cut just short of boiling and infused for 4 min. While I had a few reservations about this blend possibly being too spicy from the peppercorns, the prepared cup is quite delicious! The black tea base is fairly light and smooth. There is no bitterness and it has just a touch of astringency. As alluded to in the description, the blend is dominated by the nutty flavors with almond being the more dominant than the pistachio in my opinion. However, don't think almond liqueur or amaretto; think nutty. While there is plenty of spice in this, the spices are not over-the-top, which was my concern when looking at all those peppercorns and such in the dry sample. They are ever so mildly warming and contribute wonderfully to making the cup very fragrant and aromatically delicious. I did find that I enjoyed this best with a pinch of German rock cane sugar and it did take a splash of dairy nicely.
Despite a few initial reservations that this might be a bit too spicy, I found this this blend to be nicely balanced and delicious. While I am known for liking a nice spicy chai, sometimes blends with more warming spices like peppercorns are a bit too much for my tummy. Not at all the case here! This one is just right...the tea base is of a nice quality, it has a tasty nutty flavor and the perfect spice backdrop. I still probably would not recommend this one to folks that are super sensitive to spicy teas or just plain don't like them, but to anyone else that is interested in this....order it! Thumbs up!
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