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Flavors: Almond, Chicory, Dates, Fig, Nutty, Vanilla
Unfortunately, I think this was another miss for me with Teeccino.
To be fair, when I saw Passionfruit Peach as a coffee alternative option I kind of knew it was gonna be weird and probably not my vibe, but the Mango Lemon Balm was shockingly nice so I think I held onto a bit of hope I probably shouldn’t have. I figured it would probably be better cold, as if I was getting some kind of Starbucks style flavoured iced coffee, so I made this iced and then added in some milk as well.
It was… rough. I don’t actually get a lot of passionfruit in flavour, but the peach is STRONG and it’s a very floral kind of sweet peach flavour that felts really at odds with the deeply roasty and mineral tasting base. Plus, I think there’s rooibos in this blend!? Which is the first one I’ve tasted yet that has appeared to include rooibos and I thought that was really strange because it added this very nutty, woody and honey-like taste that probably would have complimented the roast but as a trifecta of roast, fruit, and nuts it was not clicking.
I don’t know. There’s just something about these fruitier flavours that is a hard swing in the wrong direction for me…
I know there’s a big trend on Tik Tok right now with people making coffee either in hollowed out oranges or with orange juice in it, and in theory it’s supposed to taste good because of the juxtaposition of the citrus with the very dark roast notes/nuttiness while still somewhat complimenting the natural acidity of coffee. So, I wasn’t TOTALLY weirded out when I saw this orange flavour in my variety box…
However, this is probably the first Teeccino blend I’ve tried where I’ve felt like it was unpleasant versus just “underwhelming” or not really my personal cup of tea. Well, cup of coffee replacement I guess. It was very unsweet, which is fine, but it was also pretty sharply orange flavoured with more of an acrid pithy quality to it. Combined with the very strong roast and the already slightly sharp notes of the chicory in the blend I just found the profile to be really harsh.
Cool idea, but I would definitely pass on this one if offered it again in the future.
I’m not usually into pumpkin spice flavoured things, but once it starts to feel like Fall I do like to indulge in a cup or two of something pumpkin spice. After that, I usually feel done with that profile and am able to move it. It’s just slightly starting to feel like that, so I decided it was finally time to try this blend.
The dry leaf does smell really incredible, but very nutmeg heavy in particular. Now, I know there’s nutmeg in classic pumpkin spice mixes but this was soooo much nutmeg that it more brought me to eggnog than anything else. Where’s the clove, ginger, and cinnamon!?
Steeped up as an iced latte, I get them more than I did in scent – the clove/cinnamon in particular. Definitely not any ginger – but I think that’s a pro over a con. The nutmeg is strong though; and in iced latte format it reaallllyyyyy does taste a bit like eggnog. I’m into it, though! I love nutmeg a lot.
There’s something to be said about the PSL/Starbucks association though! With the heavy, heavy roast and strong flavour of Teeccino’s usual “base” of ingredients this does give me HEAVY coffee vibes. I think, actually, more than any other Teeccino blend I’ve had so far. Since that’s kind of what they’re going for, I think it’s a raving success on Teeccino’s part – I could absolutely see this being someone’s Autumnal replacement for a coffee shop PSL in a heartbeat. Especially that demographic who’s more inclined to get an iced variation on a PSL with more of the fun foam/syrup additions.
Yeah… a surprising standout in Teeccino’s line up, for sure!
Short and sweet tasting note since this is basically spot on for the name. Very, very dark and roasty and very, very chocolate-y in flavour. Not personally for me as I don’t love chocolate teas that much (especially when they aren’t paired with something else) but I would recommend this in a heart beat to someone looking for a really bold chocolate blend.
Vitacost was having a sale and the neighbor had gone nuts over the Vanilla Nut Teecino I gave him, so we placed an order Monday. Tuesday after lunch, my box arrived. They are lightning fast, and it helps that they ship from our main mail distribution city kn the state. I have received orders in less than 24 hours before.
We bought Vanilla Nut and Hazelnut, and a couple of jars of Bonne Maman Orange Marmalade. but I needed one more item to hit free shipping because we had a coupon. I decided to get this on a whim because I like almond scented things.
Thus I fulfill my final prompt for August – a random tea.
The aroma is heady and boozy. I bought this especially to have a decadent night time treat. Even hot chocolate was keeping me up last year.
I made this with half water and half milk, added sugar, and topped it with whipped cream. Ashman the coffee hater loved it. I loved it and I can’t drink coffee because I just can’t get past the bitterness.
I only used a tablespoon and a half of the loose mix for about 18 ounces of beverage, but it was enough. I am looking forward to enjoying these Teecino blends when the weather turns chilly. I need try it cold frappucino style, too.
The last couple of nut flavours I’ve tried from Teeccino have been a little disappointing because they haven’t really tasted accurate, so my expectations for Macadamia Nut were low – but it’s actually really spot on! I definitely found that this one was significantly less sweet than many of the other Teeccino formulations, but the macadamia notes themselves were rich and distinct. It was kind of weird to taste macadamia without either a cream or white chocolate addition since those two are paired together so much, but I suppose you could add your own cream or milk and easily solve that.
My main thing with this one is that, even though I liked the lack of sweetness, it was a bit noticeably bitter – and in a way that extended past just the roast and earthiness of the base ingredients and slight sharpness of the chicory/dandelion that’s always present. Also, it was weirdly oily in texture!? I think I need to try this with milk before really cementing in an opinion, and thankfully this is one of the few flavours I have more than one serving of so I will have the chance to do that. But it’s still pretty cool just how much it did actually taste like macadamia nut!
Like I mentioned in a past Teeccino tasting note, I was surprised to see that they carried two different pecan flavours – that seems like such a niche nut for two different options! My hope with this one was that it would be more buttery and creamy as I associated the “Southern Pecan” name with more of a “Butter Pecan” taste/profile. It definitely didn’t match up with that expectation, but more than that it also just didn’t feel distinct enough from Teeccino’s Maple Pecan either!? Neither really taste like pecan, and overall it was just kind of a meh cup. Still tasty because the base ingredients used in all of these blends are really tasty with the sweet carob/date last roasted profile. Just not really stand out like some of their other flavours have been.
Okay, this one definitely had the best dry leaf aroma to it out of any of the Teeccino blends I’ve tried yet – even with the Hazelnut included in that batch. It was really familiar too with that deep dark chocolat ganache and sweet syrupy raspberry kind of vibe. Reminded me a little bit of DT’s Chocolate Rocket but thicker. The taste was great, but not as amazing as the dry aroma. It’s almost more of a hot chocolate kind of vibe with a shot of very indulgent sweet raspberry syrup in it, except for the gentle earthy roast that manages to push past a thick and full bodied wall of rich cocoa. I still like the taste of the Hazelnut more, but this is maybe the next in line for me!
I’m drinking this one right now and it tastes good but it also tastes reeeaaalllyyyy similar to some of the other Teeccino flavours I’ve tried and I feel like that’s maybe a bad thing since I actually haven’t tried anything vanilla flavoured yet other than this one. To clarify, similar in a sense other than just the overlap of base ingredients that these blends all share.
That said, I usually think of “Vanilla” as the more generic flavour that people often pick for their routine/ritually consumed food or beverage flavour. Like, if you were the kind of person to drink a cup of Teeccino daily in place of a cup of coffee, French Vanilla is one of the flavours I would feels that makes the most sense to be true about. It’s also another classic in terms of coffee flavours – something that wouldn’t make you even bat an eye if you saw it as an option in a coffee shop…
So, it’s also maybe a good thing that this doesn’t exactly stand out? Neutrally good tasting could be, well, good. I don’t know – thinking about it tonight is breaking my brain a little bit…
It’s hard to not compare all of these Teeccino blends to each other since I’m having them all bunched together, and I think this one probably falls somewhere in the middle of the pack for me. I was optimistic about it because that Hazelnut truly was just fucking exceptional. I know I’ve been talking about it a lot, but it made a HUGE impact on me when I steeped it for the first time. So, since this is another nutty profile, I thought it might have similar wow factor.
Unfortunately, the pecan was kind of all but absent from the cup. That was disappointing, but it wasn’t a deal breaker because pecan only makes up half of the overall titular flavour and I thought the maple was very well executed. The most impressive thing about the maple was that it wasn’t cloyingly sweet or just maple-syrup like in flavour. That could have been a very easy out, and instead this was sort of that perfect balance of deep sweetness with more of the hint of red fruitiness that comes out in some amber maples. Not too little. Not too much. So as a maple profile, I was very into this cuppa.
It’ll be interesting to try the Southern Pecan and see how different the two flavours are, and if that ones actually does taste like pecan. It’s such a novel nut flavour, so the fact that Teeccino is carrying multiple of it is something I find intriguing.
If I had another teabag of this blend it would be interesting to taste it against the Mango Lemon Balm from Teeccino that I had not too far back. I remember thinking that tea had a chocolate-y note to it, but I think this would have blown it out of the water. It was just very thick and chocolate heavy in an incredibly decadent and rich way. I’m not normally huge on chocolate teas, but I will admit that wish the strong roasted foundation I actually enjoyed this combination much more than I’d expected to. Especially as it cooled.
The different seasonal flavours Teeccino has carried definitely interest me, and this one honestly just feels like low hanging fruit in the best way. I’d definitely say it does taste like gingerbread, but most of the heavy lifting is being done by the really nice molasses flavour and not the ginger itself. That’s okay though – I mean, what’s a good gingerbread cookie without the molasses? Overall, it’s nice – I think it could be a littttllleee bit stronger though.
Not gonna lie, I was definitely worried about this one. The idea of mango and lemon balm in a coffee replacement blend sounded very strange to me, and I thought the flavour might be weirdly sour or just cacophonous. However, I was pleasantly surprised by just how smooth the taste was. It was a really sweet, rich cup that tasting strongly of carob to me and maybe even chocolate a little bit? I think it’s actually my second favourite I’ve tried so far despite the fact both mango and lemon balm seemed absent in the taste…
Still tasting my way through these Teeccino blends! This one seemed very promising, and I have to say that it’s probably the most intensely and accurately flavoured of the ones I’ve tried so far aside from Hazelnut – which is still reigning supreme as my favourite. With that said, as much as this had a very pleasant chocolate mint taste, I think it’s the only where I’ve tasted the least amount of roast or “coffee flavour” and given that these blends are sort of supposed to remind you of coffee I thought the more drastic departure from that flavour was maybe a bit of a miss.
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgz_vIQueYz/ (The 4th photo)
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCkKdnaXrAw
Okay, first things first I have to get it out of my system that “Almond Amaretto” is such a painfully redundant name. Amaretto is made from almonds. It’s like calling something Chocolate Mocha when a mocha has chocolate in it or Pineapple Pina Colada. It’s in the name.
That aside, I really enjoyed this flavour! I think it’s the most full bodied flavour I’ve tried yet with an intensely heavy roast and dark flavour that is arguably the most coffee like of the ones I’ve tried thus far. What’s been interesting to me with these early flavour explorations is just how much the level of roast has varied. I had kind of assumed that maybe each Teeccino flavour was starting with the exact same base of ingredients and only the flavouring was being swapped, but perhaps that’s not the case…
This does taste strongly like almonds and amaretto though! However, I do find Amaretto incredibly sweet and I definitely wouldn’t call this a sweet cuppa even though those really distinct almond flavours are very present and defined in each sip. It’s hard to say whether or not the fact is tasted like roasted almonds in particular is coming from the flavouring versus the fact this is obviously a roasted tasting tisane – but whatever the case it’s pretty lovely!
Hazelnut still reigns supreme as my favourite flavour thus far, but I’m looking forward to seeing if any of these others I’ve recently picked up will dethrone it.
So, I ended up liking the Hazelnut from Teeccino so much that I placed an order and grabbed a sample of pretty much every tea they had – minus the ones I was allergic to.
I was a little surprised by this one. I think I’m just used to Snickerdoodle flavoured/inspired things being very sweet so I was expecting more of a cinnamon sugar kind of taste and instead this was very, very dark and roasty (more than the hazelnut had been) with a bit of bitterness to it and more of an “unrefined” kind of cinnamon note. The bitterness was pleasant in the way that some people find black coffee to be pleasant; I liked it alongside that dark roast and chicory flavour.
I think ultimately it was a nice tasting cuppa but I probably would have advertised it more as a “Cinnamon” flavour because it was so much more of a woody leaning and unsweet cinnamon note, and there was very little to make my brain actually think of the cookies that had inspired the namesake.
So I first tried Teeccino several years back and at the time I remember thinking it was good but not outstanding – though I was happy that there seemed to be a reasonably well liked coffee substitute out there for the people who liked the taste but didn’t want the caffeine/jitters and such. However, in the time since it feels like Teeccino has seen some pretty dang substantial growth and, with that growth, they’ve gotten a lot more innovative in their wellness approach as well as their flavour approach. Plus, the “fake coffee” segment is booming right now! So I thought it was time I take a revisit!
I started with hazelnut because I was intrigued to see it as a flavour offering without being combined with chocolate, though to be fair the “solo nut” flavour thing is definitely a lot more popular with coffee (ex. Macadamia, Almond, etc) than with tea. I was completely unprepared for for entirely the taste of this brew would blow me away. As y’all know I’m not particularly a fan of coffee but I am a fan of a really good, strong roasty tea. Sometimes to people those two statements are at odds, but I am here to tell you that those things can both be true! The thickness of the liquor and the rich, intensity of the roast really impressed me immediately. Whether or not it was the most authentic coffee replacement is not something I feel equipped to weigh in on, but I can tell you that from the perspective of that drinker that’s chasing roasty, earthy and grain-like flavours I felt like I was seen in a way that few other roasted teas have made me feel.
It didn’t stop there though because I think this may have arguably been the best hazelnut flavour I have ever come across. If not the best a close second to the hazelnut used in DT’s Hazelnut Chocolate pu’erh blend. The thing is though that, as much as I LOVE the hazelnut flavour in the DT blend, I’m not a big chocolate tea person. There’s no chocolate here – only the naturally occurring sweetness of the trio of carob, date, and fig. So the result was very much something incredibly strong (as it needs to be to deal with the level of roast) with a rich, sweet hazelnut flavour that makes me feel like I’ve added a shot of the really fancy Torrani coffee/soda style syrups into some kind of artisan beverage. If my tastebuds could sing they would have been pulling off Mariah Carey level vocal runs.
Truly, I was in a happy place as I drank this tea!
I added milk and absolutely tons of sugar, and this is nice, but not as amazing as some other Teecino flavors. This had a richness that I enjoyed. It does taste rather like maple pecan, but perhaps this flavor profile is a little too delicate compared to some of the others. Thanks tea-and-cats! I will definitely be placing a Teecino order to try the rest of their flavors at some point!
I feel like this one leans a little too heavily on the chicory or something, which I’m not as huge a fan of. I wish the gingerbread and other additions were stronger. With sugar and milk, it’s still quite pleasant, but not my favorite from the batch. I taste mostly coffee with a bit of something desserty on top. Thanks tea-and-cats!
The first time I had this, I loved it. I tasted a pleasant mixture of coffee and almond. The almond definitely leans in a desserty way, basically like amaretto. The second time, the amaretto aspect was too strong, and I ended up with too much of an alcohol flavor remaining. It was still drinkable, but that sharp alcohol tang was unwelcome. The resteep still tasted good though. Thanks tea-and-cats! I wish I had more bags of this so I could deliver a more certain verdict.
This is so good. I don’t like coffee, but this blend somehow takes the best things from coffee while leaving out the worst. So it’s totally like having a coffee latte, but the perfect version for me. The hint of spices could be snickerdoodle – they’re certainly desserty and tasty. Thanks for introducing me to this company tea-and-cats! I will almost certainly have to purchase more.
I got tea mail! Thank you, gmathis!
I steeped this last night before bed as a caffeine free treat. When I tore open the pouch, the aroma was much like O’Connor’s Cream from Teageschwendner, available at Tin Roof Teas.
It was chocolate-y and boozy. I had not expected chocolate with the name Vanilla Nut, but the first ingredient is carob.
This steeps up DARK. I mean COFFEE DARK. I am not a coffee drinker, but this reminded me of coffee from the few times I tried it, but with no bitterness, no acid. The fig and dates so sweeten it nicely, and if you add a splash of milk and a dash of sugar, you have a hot cocoa replacement.
This is something I think two of my daughters would like, and one of my neighbors, so I looked into where I could get it and found that my trusty Vitacost has it for less than five dollars.
Next time I order vitamins I will throw in a box to share!
This was probably my favorite from the sampler box. I held on to this one for quite a while not wanting to finish it off. It was minty and mocha-like and delicious. The soymilk I added turned it into a creamy lazy latte. I would repurchase this one for sure!
Flavors: Chicory, Mint, Mocha, Roasted