Review: Tea Needs Amaretto Biscotti

Almond Tea, Black Tea, Marigold Tea, Rooibos Tea, Tea Needs, White Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"The dry blend offers a sweet, but balanced, aroma that does, in fact, suggest almond and cookie flavors. The almond flavor was undoubtedly present but, thankfully, it was not overpowering."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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teaneedsamarettobiscottiAt first glance of this foli-pouched sample, I assumed that TeaNeeds' Amaretto Biscotti tea would be an almond-flavored tea much like a few other samples that have passed through Teaviews. And while I loved those other samples very much, I was excited to see that this was actually a different take on an almond-flavored tea. This tea consists of black tea, white tea, rooibos, almond oil, pandanus, and marigold. The black tea makes up the bulk of the volume, although the pandanus, which actually resembles chopped bits of lemongrass leaves are also pretty abundant. The white tea leaves and the marigold leaves were each relatively scarce. The dry blend offers a sweet, but balanced, aroma that does, in fact, suggest almond and cookie flavors.
I brewed this tea using black tea parameters, since the majority of the tea base (the black tea leaves and the rooibos) requires boiling water. My tea was wonderfully fragrant and darkish red in color. The almond flavor was undoubtedly present but, thankfully, it was not overpowering. After knowing the name of the tea, I did think to myself, "yeah, this does taste like almond biscotti", but I am not sure I would have come up with that flavor analogy on my own without knowing the tea's name. The tea is naturally sweet, probably from the pandanus, making this tea completely self-drinking. On my fourth cup, I tried adding soy milk and sugar, but I have to say I much preferred the plain version. Because this tea is so naturally sweet, adding sugar was excessive. And the milk seemed to accentuate on a burnt/toasty flavor element that I had not previously detected, and truthfully, wasn't to keen about in the milk-added version. Still, this is a fantastic tea, and one that I would certainly recommend to almond fans. I would recommend taking this tea straight up first rather than automatically adding milk and/or sugar, since this tea holds its own and really doesn't seem to need it. This tea is very versatile, being enjoyable at any time of day and at any temperature. This blend is unique and unlike most other almond-flavored black teas I have sampled. This tea gets a stamp of approval from me!

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