drank Hazelnut by Teeccino
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October Sipdown Challenge – A Nutty Tea

I bought one box of the teabags when I ordered an unreasonable amount of Vanilla Nut. I will probably repurchase this flavor.

When I first tried Nutella and saw it was a chocolate and hazelnut spread, I assumed the hazelnut was cocoa-y and contributed a lot of flavor to the Nutella. (I was introduced to Nutella rather late in life compared to most people.)

I was so surprised to find that hazelnuts are just what we call filberts, which come in every mixed “in the shell” nuts package you buy near Christmas and taste nothing like chocolate to me. And I like them, but since buying Teecino and offering it to people I have been surprised at the number of people who say, “No, thanks, I don’t like hazelnut. I will try the Vanilla Nut flavor.”

This is creamy and mildly nutty, not bitter unless you are counting the normal chicory-coffee taste, and delicious. These are a real treat that I am probably indulging in too often. I am limiting the sugar, as these are an attempt at a healthier replacement for evening hot chocolate, since the caffeine and high sugar content of hot chocolate was keeping me up nights.

DrowningMySorrows

I like hazelnuts but I don’t usually care for hazelnut flavoring in drinks. Something about nut and baked good flavorings tastes like a stale, dead cookie in my drink. I’d much rather have a bowl of nuts or a cookie or piece of cake with my tea than have tea that is supposed to taste like those things. A brand of coffee I drink occasionally came out with a hazelnut coffee recently that I want to try because they use actual ground hazelnuts to flavor it. I’m curious whether that would make a difference to me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a nut tea where the flavoring came from real nuts. It could be that I’m fine with real nut beverages but don’t like flavoring oils/syrups that are supposed to taste like nuts.

ashmanra

I think hazelnut creamer is pretty popular with a few friends and family, but we don’t drink coffee so I have never tasted it.

I am perhaps the odd man out in the family in that I love most nuts just fresh out of the shell, not roasted and not salted. I adore Brazil nuts and pecans and have been on a pistachio kick for a while. Walnuts are a thousand times better freshly shelled to me. But I do like roasted and salted in the shell peanuts. Ashman and I enjoy the occasional peanuts and Coke in the rockers on a nice day.

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DrowningMySorrows

I like hazelnuts but I don’t usually care for hazelnut flavoring in drinks. Something about nut and baked good flavorings tastes like a stale, dead cookie in my drink. I’d much rather have a bowl of nuts or a cookie or piece of cake with my tea than have tea that is supposed to taste like those things. A brand of coffee I drink occasionally came out with a hazelnut coffee recently that I want to try because they use actual ground hazelnuts to flavor it. I’m curious whether that would make a difference to me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a nut tea where the flavoring came from real nuts. It could be that I’m fine with real nut beverages but don’t like flavoring oils/syrups that are supposed to taste like nuts.

ashmanra

I think hazelnut creamer is pretty popular with a few friends and family, but we don’t drink coffee so I have never tasted it.

I am perhaps the odd man out in the family in that I love most nuts just fresh out of the shell, not roasted and not salted. I adore Brazil nuts and pecans and have been on a pistachio kick for a while. Walnuts are a thousand times better freshly shelled to me. But I do like roasted and salted in the shell peanuts. Ashman and I enjoy the occasional peanuts and Coke in the rockers on a nice day.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about fourteen years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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