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Can you believe that the last time I had this tea was over a year ago? I realized that the sample tin of this, buried in the bottom of my tea drawer, was still pretty full of tea. And it’s a green tea, so it’s no doubt aging. Yes, I have a tea sample problem. Nevertheless when I opened the tin the aroma was just as pungent as the day I got it, it seems. It smells like cookies and cinnamon and almonds, but never as much like almonds as I would hope. This is one of those almond teas that reminds me of snickerdoodles, which as it happens are not almond cookies.

I have to say, I am impressed going back to this tea after all this time. It is sweet and cookie-ish, a little bit of cinnamon but not overwhelming at all, with a hint of nutty almond. When I look for almond in the tea I want marzipan-y almond, which is difficult to find, but if I divorce that expectation from this tea, then I enjoy it a lot. It really is a snickerdoodle with green tea, to me. Possibly due to age, the green tea in this is not really as vegetal as it once was, which honestly is kind of a good thing. I would love to see a blend like this using a really nutty green tea base to start with, like the base of Empire Tea Services Earl Green. It was good to revisit this one because I might reach for it more often now!

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Azzrian

This sounds amazing! Have you tired Joy’s Teaspoon Almond Cookie?

Dinosara

I have, a long time ago. I found it closer to apple pie than an almond cookie! I can’t really get behind the apple-based almond teas because they just taste like apple to me. I’m really picky about my almond teas, too… I never understand why cinnamon and such is necessary, but it’s very common.

Scott B

Ooh, just had some snickerdoodles for the first time in years this week-this tea sounds good.

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Azzrian

This sounds amazing! Have you tired Joy’s Teaspoon Almond Cookie?

Dinosara

I have, a long time ago. I found it closer to apple pie than an almond cookie! I can’t really get behind the apple-based almond teas because they just taste like apple to me. I’m really picky about my almond teas, too… I never understand why cinnamon and such is necessary, but it’s very common.

Scott B

Ooh, just had some snickerdoodles for the first time in years this week-this tea sounds good.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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