I received this tea for my birthday a couple years ago. I prefer it drunk as a latte, so consider this review with that in mind.
This tea is a more “coffee” flavored tea than most to me. The hazelnut flavor is very muted, the cocoa doesn’t stand out and the cornflowers may as well be for show. The overall blend however tastes much like a good coffee. The mouthfeel is very coffee-like as well making this double for an excellent hazelnut latte.
My favorite way to take this tea is with a teaspoon and a half of sugar, and about 4 oz of milk, warmed and frothed plus a teaspoon of Coffee Mates Hazelnut Creamer to really kick it up a notch. With a pile of froth on top, you may as well be drinking straight up latte.
Note: This is a black tea so 1 tsp to a cup is normally recommended. I like to brew this with 2 tsp to the cup now that I’ve been working on my tin for a while. The flavor has diminished a little over time, but I find that if I increase to 2 tsp, the flavor comes through just as bold as it used to. That is to say, this tea keeps well, really considering that’s been a year and a half.
The nose is sweet and smooth with a very coffee-flavored kicker on the tail.
The aroma is sweet and smooth. If you don’t overbrew it, you won’t detect even a hint of bitterness in this tea.
I may be biased, being myself an Aquarius, but this tea is really a favorite.
Flavors: Cocoa, Coffee, Hazelnut, Smooth, Sweet