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Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Snow Flake

When I placed by last order with Tea Embassy, they slipped in a sample of their Snow Flake tea.

From the website, Snow Flake contains black tea, almonds and coconut rasps.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 1oz for $3.25, 2oz for $6.50, 4oz for $13.00, 8oz for $26.00 and 1lb for $52.00.

I was interested in trying this blend because there is another Snowflake tea that I’m quite fond of and I wanted to see how this one compared.  This one smelled quite good – I got a lot of coconut and almond aroma right away.  Once brewed, the tea was quite smooth with a lot of coconut flavor, but I didn’t get as much of almond flavor as I wanted. The tea was still quite good, and would be a great dessert tea.

Drink Me: Upton Tea, Sweet Almond

The final tea I ordered from Upton this last time around is the Sweet Almond tea.

Sweet Almond contains black tea, almond pieces and flavoring.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 15g sample for $1.00, 125g packet for $7.20, 250g packet for $13.68, 500g packet for $26.60 and 1000g bag for $50.40.

When I first opened the bag all I could smell was that sweet almond smell – almost like almond extract or marzipan. Once brewed I could smell the black tea, but it still had a nice sweet finish.  This would definitely be a great dessert tea – perhaps with something chocolate?

Drink Me: Capital Teas, Chesapeake Sunrise

When I purchase teas from a tea shop, online or otherwise, I like trying the “local” blend. In this case it was Capital Teas Chesapeake Sunrise blend.

From the website, the blend contains: green Tea, black Tea, orange peel, jackfruit, and almond.

It is available a variety of sizes: 2oz for $7.00, 4oz for $14.00, 8oz for $26.60, 1lb for $50.40, and 2lbs for $95.20.

 

When I first opened the package I could smell the almond and something fruity and rich. As it brewed I could smell more of the delicate green tea.  The result was a light tea with hints of floral notes and almond.  This would be a nice dessert tea, or a sweet morning start.

Drink Me: Capital Teas, Almond Cream Biscotti

When I started this blog, many readers sent me links to their favorite tea stores. I’ve slowly been working my way through them. The next few weeks’ reviews will come from Capital Teas, in the nation’s capital.  The first one I decided to try is Almond Cream Biscotti.

From the website, the blend contains: black tea, vanilla cream and almond flavors.

Almond Cream Biscotti  is available in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $7.50, 4oz for $15.00, 8oz for $28.50, 1lb for $54.00 and 2lbs for $102.00.

When I opened the bag all I could smell was sweet and tangy Amaretto. It was almost overwhelming and I couldn’t wait to try it! Once brewed, the amaretto was a bit milder but still smelled delicious.  The tea did not disappoint! It was a strong black, but with a wonderful amaretto taste and a bit of a creamy finish. This is one I’m delighted to add to my stash!

Drink Me: Distinctly Tea, Almond Cookie Green

Every year my sister goes up to Canada to attend the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. This year she brought me a trio of teas from Distinctly Tea. The first one I decided to try was Almond Cookie Green.

From the label, the blend contains green tea (China sencha), coconut rasps and almond flakes.

It is available in a variety of sizes and prices: 50g for $$6.75, 100g for $13 (Canadian prices), 250g for $31.75 and 500g for $52.75.

When I opened the package I could smell the coconut and almond.  Once brewed it smelled just like an almond cookie.  There was definitely a green tea flavor but it, like all the other flavors, were mild. This was a lovely mid-afternoon treat. I also think it would be sweet iced.

Drink Me: Teavana, Berry Almond Amaretto

The next tea I wanted to try from my Teavana order was Berry Almond Amaretto.

From the packaging, this blend contains: hibiscus flowers, rosehip peels, apple pieces, grapes, black currants, marigold petals and almond and amaretto flavoring.

It is available in a variety of sizes and currently on sale: 2oz for $4.89, 4oz for $9.77, 8oz for $19.54, 16oz for $39.09, 3lb for $117.76 and 5lb for $195.44.

 

When I first opened the package I smelled amaretto – it reminded me of marzipan and sweet almonds. I knew I was going to enjoy this one.  This one tasted more like hibiscus than I thought it would, but still had a nutty sweet amaretto taste as well. I really liked it warm – almost as a dessert tea.

Drink Me: Lana’s Snowflake Tea

One of my favorite things about starting this blog is how many friends (and strangers!) have come out of the woodwork to tell me all about their favorite teas. One of my good knitting friends, upon hearing I was starting a tea blog, immediately brought me what she and her husband refer to as “crack tea.”

It is definitely not crack, but it is DELICIOUS. She purchases on Amazon, but I was able to purchase Snowflake Tea directly from Lana’s The Little House, along with several other delicious sounding samples.

From the website, the tea  is a very unique blend of Ceylon South India and China Black Tea with coconut flakes, almond flakes and cinnamon.

Snowflake Tea is available in a 4oz package for $11.00 or in a sample size (just a few cups worth) for $3.00.

When I first opened the package all I could smell was the toasted coconut and almonds. I love that you can see the flakes of coconut and whole slivers and pieces of almond.  Once brewed I get a whiff of the cinnamon every now and then.  This is just the perfect sweet tea for an afternoon.  And one cup just isn’t enough!

 

Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Almond Oolong

A few weeks ago I ordered a variety of samples from Adagio. One of the things I ordered was the Oolong Orchard sampler pack (4 teas, 2 ounces, $7).  I was very excited to try and Almond Oolong in particular.

You can purchase the Almond Oolong in a few different sizes: a half ounce sample for $2 (makes approximately 5 cups of tea), 2 ounces for $6 or a full pound for $29.

The tea is pretty pure: it contains Taiwanese Oolong tea and natural almond flavor. When I opened the package it smelled SO good – like amaretto and marzipan, nutty and sweet.

After I brewed it the aroma was milder, but still definitely almond.  The tea was sweet and nutty, very light and dessert-like. I would definitely recommend trying this one if you enjoy almond flavoring.