|"For a fan of nutty-flavored teas, this may be just the ticket. For those types who also have a mild sweet tooth and want to explore adding in cream and sugar, you may have hit the jackpot with this one. But for a satisfying cuppa black tea, flavored or not, I did not find this to meet my expectations there. "|
Honey Nut Biscotti is a black tea blend, containing pistachios, almonds, chrysanthemum, coconut flakes, honey, and actual chunks of biscotti! Once opened and poured into my Adagio ingenuiTEA maker, I was taken aback when obvious chunks of various nuts and other tasty morsels came tumbling out along with the tea leaves. The tea base is comprised of Indian and Ceylon black teas. “Natural Flavors” are also on the ingredient list.
A 3-minute infusion is recommended, and this brews up to a pale golden amber with the faintest reddish tinge. The aroma is very much biscotti-oriented, and once it hits the lips, a potent nuttiness fills the palate. Almost a bit too much so. I suspect the “natural flavors” added were of the nut variety, and I can’t help but think this would have been better off left out of this blend. The presence of the actual, real nuts, coconut and other bits should be enough to put a hint of these flavors on top, but the overall result is a bit much. For a second cupping, I added some cream and sugar, and this helped temper the overwhelming nuttiness, yet also made a perfect compliment to this blend. I typically do not add either milk or sugar to to 95% of my teas, but here it makes complete sense, and in hindsight seems absolutely naked without (much like a Chai Spice would also feel equally nude). The honey is all but nonexistent when buried behind the nutty nature of the other aspects of the flavor profile. On its own, I would give this tea a 5 out of 10. With the cream and sugar, it bumps up to a 7. So for purposes of this review, I'm splitting the difference with a 6/10 rating.
For a fan of nutty-flavored teas, this may be just the ticket. For those types who also have a mild sweet tooth and want to explore adding in cream and sugar, you may have hit the jackpot with this one. But for a satisfying cuppa black tea, flavored or not, I did not find this to meet my expectations there.
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