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drank Almond Biscotti by Teavana
951 tasting notes

I’m laughing to myself because I said yesterday I had a feeling of deja vu and here it comes again.

Let’s compare ingredients:

Teavana Almond Biscotti—Black tea, almond pieces, cinnamon pieces, and safflower blossoms

SpecialTeas Almond Cookie (and yes, I read the thread about SpecialTeas being a provider to Teavana and that maybe being part of why they aren’t around anymore)—tea, almonds, cinnamon, flavouring, safflower blossoms

American Tea Room Brioche—well-oxidized ebony leaves are contrasted with pale, sliced almonds, bits of cinnamon and vermillion-colored safflower blossoms

It’s possible I have even more of these. Good thing I like them.

I’m fairly sure that the Teavana and the SpecialTeas are the same tea. If not, they’re too close to call in terms of differences. In the bag, they smell identical. In the steeped aroma, they smell very close. To the extent there’s a difference in liquor and taste, I attribute that at first glance to the difference in steeping length. The liquor in this one is a bit less cloudy and the overall taste is slightly less sweet and “less” generally.

I suspect, though, that if I steep this one at 4 minutes I’ll get exactly the same amount of “more.”

Rating it the same as Almond Cookie until proven otherwise. I’ve now read that this was renamed and reblended by Teavana as Amandine Rose and then discontinued under that name too, so it isn’t available either. I’m still liking the Brioche better. Not sure why. Maybe it’s psychological because I know I can get the Brioche, but I also still think it evokes pastry more successfully than the other two.

Flavors: Butter, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Sami Kelsh

Hey, I’m guilty of having a handful of variations of basically similar things too. You like what you like, you know? And buttery almondy things are good things to like. Aww yeahhhh.

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Sami Kelsh

Hey, I’m guilty of having a handful of variations of basically similar things too. You like what you like, you know? And buttery almondy things are good things to like. Aww yeahhhh.

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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