This is a nice warm flavored black tea, which is nicely blended that both the tea leaves and the almond pieces compliment each others.
No alarms and no surprises, just a straightforward delicious black tea.
That’s better, less steep time with more tea leaves.
The flavors harmonize, the black tea not so strong and the almond complimenting.
More tea leaves equals more flavor, particularly the almonds.
I had increased from 1 teaspoon to 1.5 teaspoons, with a little more rock sugar, and it made a world of difference.
Such a beautifully sweet almondy treat for the late morning.
I think I am getting to a point where the flavor is reaching an almost buttery texture, similar to Teavana’s Almond Biscotti.
The black tea and almond still harmonize, but the taste is now getting comfortably creamy.
I wish it could taste like biting into a cookie, as the almond biscotti always does, but this is as close as I’m going to get for now.
So, with most black teas, I steep them at approximately 3 minutes, unless specified it requires more or less time. For some reason, I decided to steep an extra minute, I think I was probably curious to see how it would taste. Unfortunately, it isn’t good.
The almond flavor is now overpowered by the black tea, there is no harmony in this oversteeped cup, which makes me a sad panda.
So, moral of this note: do not oversteep this tea. 3 minutes seems more than enough.