An interesting blend of green tea, orange and almond. The nuts provide a smoothness which balances the citrus tang. An aromatic combination of sweet and spice that lingers nicely on the palate.
Ingredients: Green tea, orange slices, almonds, flavoring, pink peppercorns and safflower
medium caffeine level
Nose: Candied oranges, sweet fruit, almond extract, freshly baked fruitcake
Taste: Almond, light holiday spice, sweet fruit
Finish: Almond and fruitcake
Verdict? This is easily my favorite blend of the year. I could just be satisfied smelling this tea all day, but the taste gently guides you to the escape that even the holidays cannot provide. Fruitcake may have a bad rep, but this is delivered from cherubs, floating from the heavens accompanied by a choir of trumpets to announce that a cake of divine perfection has been baked just for you, and its essence imbued into a cup of tea.
I never liked green tea until Elizabeth at The Green Leaf Tea Company a) taught me how to brew it right (hot water just before it boils and steep about 5 minutes) and b) introduced me to THIS amazing flavor! It has everything you could want. I don’t know about the review above comparing it to fruit cake as I’ve never been brave enough to try that delicacy, but I CAN tell you that the citrus is bright and sweet, the almonds are cozy and comforting (like a sugar cookie with classic almond icing is what I get) and the pink peppercorns give it the slightest spice but if you didn’t see them you wouldn’t even know they’re there (so if you dislike pepper don’t let this put you off – as far as I can tell they’re mostly decorative).
I absolutely LOVE this tea and if you want it prepared to perfection, go into the store and ask for a cup. You won’t be sorry!
Kimberly C –
The previous assessment comparing it to fruitcake is spot on. The initial nose reaction is a solid fruitcake aroma. The sweetness of the almond and the orange blend together beautifully