I don’t know how I feel about this. It reminds me a lot of Adagio/Cara McGee’s Captain Jack blend, which I really like, but I definitely prefer that to this. I don’t know if I’m biased against it because of how much I like the other one, because it’s not really all that different and yet I like Captain Jack a lot more. I’m conflicted. Both are black tea and rooibos blends, and both have almond and chocolate flavours. The only difference I can tell right off is that this one features coconut, and doesn’t have chocolate chips. In the taste, however, this one lacks depth that the Captain Jack tea has, and the flavours taste more artificial. I absolutely adore coconut in tea, and yet I don’t feel like it adds much here. It’s too astringent to drink black, and whilst milk and sugar solves this problem they also weaken the chocolate and almond flavours, which were previously quite prominent. It does bring out the coconut a little more, which is nice, but it’s still just a touch too artificial-tasting for me. Maybe I’ve been spoiled from drinking nothing but Butiki this past month? Artificial flavourings never used to bother me before…
I know all this sounds really negative, but it’s only because I can’t help but compare it to the Adagio tea. If I try not to compare the two, it’s honestly pretty nice. I’ve never had an Almond Joy, because I don’t think they’re sold here in the UK, but they sound pretty delicious and I really like the combination on flavours going on here. It’s creamy and nutty, and without the chocolate flavouring I think I’d like it a lot more. Enjoyable to sip on a quiet night time, but not quite enough to replace dessert for me.
Decent, but not a stand-out. Thank you Janelle for the sample!