I got this as a present from my mom for Christmas, but waited until now to drink it as I had to check the ingredients list with the company. I called them up today and they were very helpful, luckily it looks like there are just almonds in this one and no nuts at all in the other tea mom gave me, Fireside Chocolate! :)
So I had to make a cup of this. I should probably go easy on the black teas, with the busy holidays and lots of travelling, my anxiety has not been the greatest lately, and caffeine has been aggravating it. But oh well haha. I can splurge today, I’m pretty relaxed.
This tea smells like vanilla and apples dry. It’s a blend of black tea, apple cubes, spices, almonds and natural flavoring according to the lady at the company, so sounds good! I steeped a little over a tsp for 2 minutes.
The steeped scent is mostly spices, I am getting cinnamon and maybe some cloves, with a light apple scent thrown in as well. I really don’t smell the almonds, and if I hadn’t seen one in the steeper, probably couldn’t pick them out in the tea from scent or flavor. The taste is like an apple tea with cloves, spicy but there really is apple in there. To me, it’s a bit like a black tea version of Mom’s Apple Pie by DavidsTea, but with less cinnamon and artifical flavors. I guess the almonds could be adding to the depth of the flavor, but I don’t taste much of them. Overall, a pretty good black tea, definitely wintery and festive!