Review: The Necessiteas Sweet Almond

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Thumbs up!"The coconut seems to provide more of a creamy fullness to the tea than a ton of flavor, which is just fine in my book. The almond flavor is definitely sweet, but it's nutty more than marzipan in flavor."
Jamie’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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I tried an almond tea many months ago that just enchanted me, it was so delicious. I have been on the lookout for almond flavored teas since then and couldn't pass up a chance to sample the sweet almond tea offered by Necessiteas. The leaf of this ceylon black tea is short and lightly wiry and is liberally interspersed with small chips of toasted coconut and slivers of almond. Scent wise, this one has a sweet, strong almond scent - marzipan like - and coconut is not too much a part of the scent profile.

I brewed a teaspoon of leaf in 8 ounces of just boiled water and allowed it to infuse for three minutes. (The Necessiteas website mentions that you can steep this tea up to five minutes but I like to start on the shorter side of things). I also tried this sample with some light sweetener added.

The cup is tan orange in color and has a resoundingly sweet scent in which you can discern both coconut and almond. The taste is definitely sweet and almond-y, just as the name suggests. The Ceylon base is neither bitter nor sour and seems a proper, slightly delicate backdrop for the almond. The coconut seems to provide more of a creamy fullness to the tea than a ton of flavor, which is just fine in my book. The almond is more pronounced in the flavor profile and frankly I wouldn't have minded if the coconut had been omitted. The almond flavor is definitely sweet, but it's nutty more than marzipan in flavor. I liked that. This tea didn't have an "extract" kind of intensity so it didn't come across as artificial tasting.

I thought this was a perfect dessert tea sipped alongside some almond cookies or apple pie as well as making for a great afternoon tea in lieu of a snack. I loved it with a little sweetener added as it seemed to bring out the almond flavor in all its fragrant sweetness. This tea also got a big thumbs up from my husband. Very enjoyable.

— To purchase The Necessiteas Sweet Almond, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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