Review: Roasted Almond Tea // TeaHaus
I first heard about this Roasted Almond tea from my favorite podcaster, Jess Lively. She raved about this decaf tea in her December favorites episode after buying some from the Ann Arbor based TeaHaus. She was looking for a decaf tea for nighttime because, like me, she is also primarily a black tea drinker. After mentioning this tea on her show, TeaHaus apparently sold out for a while but thank goodness! I was able to get some.
I have to say, this is an incredibly interesting tea.
First, there’s the smell. Wow. Roasted almond is pretty spot on. Imagine almonds that have been soaked in vanilla and sugar and roasted on low in your oven for hours. That’s what this tea smells like right out of the bag.
Then, there’s the color. It’s pink! Happy. Bright. Pink. I have to say, this confused me. I would have expected a more neutral, earthy color based on the smell. But I’m not complaining! Plus, there’s something about drinking a pink tea that affirms to you that everything will be okay.
Lastly, there’s the taste. When you finally get around to tasting this tea, you would probably expect Christmas in a mug. Vanilla… roasted almonds… sounds like Christmas to me. And that’s not a bad description, so long as you like Christmas in Hawaii. What makes this tea so incredibly interesting is that your taste buds are processing “warm, cozy Christmas” at the same time that they’re processing “tropical, hibiscus Hawaii”. It makes my head spin a little bit. I would never have expected these two flavors to work together but they totally do.
This is a fruit tea made of apple pieces, almond pieces, red beet pieces, hibiscus flowers and natural flavor. The pink color must come from the red beet. The roasted almond pieces and the hibiscus flowers are what give it the conflicting but incredibly interesting “Christmas in Hawaii” flavor.
I’ve tried this tea both hot and iced and I definitely think the iced is the way to go. In fact, I think this is the perfect tea to drink if you’re missing home while laying on a white sand beach in the middle of summer. It is strangely comforting yet refreshing in the exact same sip. It might have a multiple personality disorder. I wouldn’t be surprised.
This is probably the fourth or fifth time I’ve tried this tea and I still can’t quite wrap my head around its flavor. All I can say is that it’s most definitely worth a try.
If you happen to live in Ann Arbor you can check out TeaHaus’ TeaRoom or order this tea online.
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