Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Almond, Black Tea, Flavouring
Flavors
Almond, Malt, Nutty, Walnut
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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 oz / 300 ml

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  • “I got interested in this tea after reading a review written by Angrboda. Several days and one delivered-fast-as-lightning-order later here I am with a mug of freshly steeped nuttiness. Actually the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I have a bit of a soft spot for a nutty tea. Particularly hazelnut which seems to be unreasonably difficult to find. And I mean just hazelnut, not hazelnut and whatever. Just hazelnut. Maybe it’s...” Read full tasting note

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I got interested in this tea after reading a review written by Angrboda. Several days and one delivered-fast-as-lightning-order later here I am with a mug of freshly steeped nuttiness.

Actually the sticker on the package doesn’t mention walnuts, only black tea, almonds and aromas.
The smell is very strong, equally divided into almonds and walnuts which must come from the flavouring. I don’t care, because the tea smells natural, not artificial.

The base black tea is of really good quality, rich and malty (but not too strong). It’s not overpowered by the aromas, which reside in the background. There is a low residual sweetness and I think it comes from the flavouring, but it only compliments the general profile.

I really like this tea which doesn’t cross the thin line between the good, seemingly natural flavouring and the bad, artificial one.

Flavors: Almond, Malt, Nutty, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I have a bit of a soft spot for a nutty tea. Particularly hazelnut which seems to be unreasonably difficult to find. And I mean just hazelnut, not hazelnut and whatever. Just hazelnut. Maybe it’s because it’s not very easy to come by that makes me want it. Though I never seem to want it badly enough these days to really go and search outside of what these days counts as my usual haunts. So I get an almond tea or a walnut tea or even a hazelnut and whatever tea and make do. Should I come across a straight up hazelnut one I would definitely try it. And let’s be fair here, I would probably also be a little disappointed, but then at least I’d have got it out of my system.

So this one is a walnut tea. Shop says to expect a base tea a bit on the strong side and that is just what I want. Unlike the Easter tea that was supposed to taste like eggnog and (kinda thankfully) didn’t, this one actually tastes like nuts. It’s very clearly walnutty with that slightly woodlike flavour that they have, but there’s also a smidge of sweetness involved. In the ingredients they also list almond, which I think is just the bits of almonds in the blend itself. I’m told these sorts of bits of nuts or fruits or whatever generally doesn’t actually impart all that much flavour on their own, so I hesitate to blame them for the bit of sweet, but it would sort of fit well with the sweetness of almonds.

In short, this is a bit strong and clearly walnutty without being overpoweringly flavoured (I tend to favour a somewhat subtle yet detectable flavouring), and I might well purchase this one again.

ashmanra

YOU’RE BAAAAAAAAAAAACK! If I knew how to insert the flailing muppet gif here, I would totally do it, but you will just have to picture it instead! Welcome back, Ang!

gmathis

Well, hello there! Hope all has been well non-tea wise!

Angrboda

I know precisely the one you mean and it’s totally playing in my head. :) I’m well, thanks. Have taken up a lot of crafting, which seems to be occupying the same space in my brain that tea used to. I’m becoming increasingly dangerous in a fabric shop… :p
I don’t know what’s going on with my other post that it flew under the radar like that. I did sort of wonder that neither of you two had any sort of reaction at all, since I’d seen you being active. If I look at the tea’s page, it seems to not even exist at all. It’s a bit of a head scratcher.

gmathis

Scratch fabric, insert yarn and/or paper supplies :)

Angrboda

Oh yarn too. I took up crochet last year, and a little bit of tatting just to see if I could. :p Also embroidery floss. Always embroidery floss.<3

ashmanra

Oh, tatting! That’s something I might like to try one day!

Angrboda

It’s actually incredibly simple to do. I recommend using a video rather than a book, because it’s easier to grasp the concept of flipping the knot on a video rather than a drawing.

ashmanra

I will keep that in mind. I think I have my mother’s tatting supplies, but she never really learned.

dreamloomer

I definitely need to try this one. I have a soft spot for hazelnuts myself, So I think I’ll finally do some shopping in Carstensens.

Angrboda

They have a huge selection, although sadly don’t do much in the way of samples save the free sample of something random you get with an order.

dreamloomer

And too bad they don’t have the option to buy 50 grams. 100 g is usually too much for me, instead of one tea in this amount I definitely prefer to buy two teas in 50 g packages.

Angrboda

True, but it seems to be a common theme. AC Perchs is the same. You do get a free random sample with your order, though, so if you asked for a specific one they might make that your sample. I don’t know, I haven’t tried.
A few years ago the 100g minimum would have put me off somewhat, but these days I know it’ll have to be monumentally awful to not get used up, so it bothers me less.

Martin Bednář

It is quite common in Europe it seems. One shop here had minimal 50 grams, which was quite okay. But other outlet, but same brand, had 100 grams minimum. So I found a tearoom, where I enjoyed tea from Georgia and then bought loose leaf to home. I still have some left (but I bought 50 grams), but not much is left.

ashmanra

A shop here in NC sort of keeps it secret, but they have a 100 gram minimum for buying a tea but will make an exception if you buy a “sampler pack” of four different 50 grams bags. They put out their own samplers, but told me they will also let customers choose. So it couldn’t hurt to ask!

Angrboda

Carstensens, I think, is largely webshop based unless you go to the town they come from, so a cheeky email would be the way forward there. AC Perchs, however, tried that. Was told flatly no at the counter and then told by email that they should offer me samples when asked, came back to the counter and was told flatly no. So… won’t work in the shop near me anyway. (To be honest, even though they have a shop in the town where I work, I prefer to shop online. The tins are very shiny and the writing on them is pretty but difficult for me to read at a distance. I can’t get a proper overview of what they have, so I would need to go online first anyway to figure out what I want to buy, and then I might as well just have it delivered.

dreamloomer

It seems that I am spoiled by Polish tea shops, where I can easily buy 50 or even 30 grams, so yes, I still leave a lot of money there, but they are more dispersed, in a way.
I’m definitely going to ask for smaller amounts at Carstensens, but I’m okay with buying a larger amount from time to time. And it may be even more worthwhile, because although some tea shops here in Copenhagen have walnut teas, these are only green ones.

dreamloomer

I’m really impresses with the quality of service at Carstensens. I made the order yesterday not long after noon and I took the package out of my local pakkeboks one hour ago. I ordered 3 different loose teas and some tea bags, they also gave me a sample of another loose tea.

Valnødde te smells really nice and my review is coming soon,

Angrboda

Yes, super-fast has been my experience with them as well, even in this era of PostNord being less than fast. Sometimes it feels like you’re hardly finished paying before they ship it. :p

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