Ok, so when i read VariaTea’s back log about mint to be, I was like hell no am I missing out on this shiz. So after a delightful supper of a grilled cheese sandwich and alphageti (mmm so under-rated) and a rousing game of Jeopardy, off to DT i went. I did sample mint to be, but that’s obviously not for this note.
I’ve always loved the way the dry leaf of this tea smells. It’s how I imagine an amaretto tea to taste, and it also smelled slightly nutty, but a sweet nut—actually, smelling this wasn’t entirely unlike smelling pistachio and cream from their fall collection. But knowing that this was on a rooibos base got all sorts of red flags waving around frantically in my head. Thankfully, one of the dt employees said he also hated rooibos but pretty much promised that it wasn’t prominently featured in the taste of this tea. Taking his word for it, I asked for a soy latte version. And by george he was right! Either you can’t outright detect the rooibos because of the multitude of ingredients (that all meld together to taste like amaretto), or they ingeniously chose this as the base because its woodiness would only accent the fresh piney almondy taste of the tea. Either way, brilliant, I say. I’m definitely going to scoop up a sample package next time i’m at DT, and may even consider adding it to my collection depending on how much I drink it. But I am in desperate need of more caffeine-free options, and this one seems promising. I do have to say, however, that something about this tea makes me thirsty. I don’t know if it’s a lingering drying effect, or if that’s just what the taste of amaretto does to my mouth, but it’s a very minor criticism nonetheless.
And omg! Look what I got while I was at David’s! There was no point in even attempting to resist. I just couldn’t! and omg, the steeping basket is huuuuuge!!