|"This is indeed sweet and tastes like almonds---but think sweet candied almonds or those almonds stuck to a sticky bun by way of a syrup or something."|
It's no secret that The NecessiTeas is one of my favorite sources of flavored tea blends and that I order from them regularly. On a recent order, she threw in a sample of this for me to try and I became quite smitten with it. In fact, I drank up the entire sample within 24 hours and couldn't quit wishing that I had another cup of it. Therefore, I placed yet another order with The NecessiTeas for this and some other items that I really enjoyed a short time later. It is also this blend that I couldn't wait to crack open the tin and prepare a cup of when my box came.
I really feel that it should be stressed that the name of this blend is Sweet Almond and it is both of those things. The dry blend consists of the black Ceylon leaves and tons of little almond shavings and coconut slivers. I still remember being a little taken aback when I first cracked open my sample package of this as it smelled so sweet. In fact, I was a bit afraid that it would actually be too sweet for me so when I prepared it for the first time, I did not add any sweetener initially. Fortunately, I was wrong about it being too sweet. It can actually handle a conservative amount of sugar, but can also be enjoyed sans any sweetener as well.
I prepared this using water brought to 205 degrees and a 4 min infusion time. The prepared cup is somewhat rich, sweet and nutty. The black tea base being Ceylon is strong enough to stand up to the full flavor profile, is a bit dry, and is of a good enough quality that it does not detract from my overall enjoyment of the blend. The flavor profile is full as previously mentioned though the tea base is strong enough that you don't get the sense that you are drinking flavored water. This is indeed sweet and tastes like almonds---but think sweet candied almonds or those almonds stuck to a sticky bun by way of a syrup or something. It straddles the line with having an amaretto like quality to it but stops well short of being that sweet (thankfully). The prepared cup is tasty, sweet, rich and satisfying. For some reason, I always find it hard to add that splash of milk to it because it is so good sans milk, but it is also really good with milk. I suspect this one would make a tasty iced tea in the summer as well.
When The NecessiTeas picked a sample out for me to try out of their current offerings, they really hit the nail on the head. I'm not sure if she had a hunch that I might like this one, sent it because she likes it herself (she has shared this with me), or if it just randomly made it into my box, but it was a great choice and is now one of my go-to blends. I love the nice rich tea base paired with the full flavor profile of Sweet Almond. This is one of those blends that I suspect will have a love it or hate it reaction from folks, so if it sounds good then definitely order it, but if it sounds gross to you then I would probably avoid it. If you aren't sure, then at least pick up a sample of it. This is one of those blends that is not overtly a dessert tea, but makes is a great dessert tea and does an excellent job of satisfying a sweet craving without all the fat and calories. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to get my other cup that my Breville is keeping warm for me. YUMMY!
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