|"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."|
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.
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