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type: black

origin: sri lanka flavors

caffeine: strong

price level: $$$$

The tangy, bright and perfectly balanced flavors of Ceylon black tea are a great canvas for many flavor expressions. The very best Ceylons blend easily with flavors giving them excellent depth and complexity. Take our Almond Black, for example. Touch of raw Almond aroma, plush mouthfeel reminiscent of creamy marzipan, with nutty sweetness upfront and a balanced, clean astringency. Steep at 212°F for 3 minutes

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    • CK

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      Tasted more bitter than astringent and the almond flavor only really came in toward the tail end of the sip.

    • 

      Very mild almond flavor - I think it's actually more in the smell than the taste. It's sweet, which was a nice surprise and it's a really nice black tea. My husband, the marzipan lover, really enjoyed it.

    • 

      Strong almond aroma and flavor. Adding a bit of milk and sugar made this perfect. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

    • 

      Bitter and astringent. The almond flavoring is far too mild to overcome the black base. If you want a nutty tea, there are better offerings.

    • 

      The Ceylon tea base is just too bitter for me. Brewed at 212 for 4 minutes. Very astringent also. The almond flavor is very subtle.

    • 

      The taste of this tea was a tad too 'artificial' for me. I couldn't taste much when it was hot, just a subtle aftertaste, but as it cooled the almond flavor did get stronger, but the aftertaste got worse.

      I made sure to steep it at 190F for just 2.5min to cut back on the chance of astringency, and while it was still a tad astringent, I don't think that is the root cause for the off flavor.

      The 2nd step was better for me because the flavoring was weaker. I can see how this would work in some blends as an accent flavor, but I don't think it does well on it's own.

    • 

      Brewed 3 min @ 212F with rock sugar added.

      *Disclaimer: This came in my CommuniTEA box. I don't mind almond milk, but I usually can't stand anything else almond. That said, I tried to give this tea a fair shot instead of skipping it.*

      The smell of the dry leaf is almost artificial to me. The brew itself smells akin to something like a light English breakfast.

      I added a teaspoon of rock sugar to this like I usually do with my tea. I thought it would be enough until I took a sip and realized just how correct everyone was about the bitterness. I immediately placed a second teaspoon of rock sugar in my cup with the hope that would help. The bitterness is still there but the extra sweetness helped somewhat. To me, this tea just tastes like black tea with some weird after taste.

      I honestly was anticipating for a "bite into the dessert only to discover disgusting marzipan" moment. Instead, it was just "meh". It isn't the worse thing I've ever tasted. I think if someone bought this tea expecting a nice, hefty almond taste, they might be disappointed.

    • 

      Bitter on its own, but with an addition of some honey, the taste of almond cake shined through. Still a pretty good cup of tea though.

    • 

      Good, nutty flavor when added some rock sugar to this cup. I think I will add some orange peel to my next cup to change up the flavor. Tastes like a marzipan.

    • 

      I just couldn’t find the almond in this one. Mixed with other teas was ok, but not one I’ll repurchase.

    • 

      I love almonds and amaretto and thought I would like this sample, but actually didn’t care for it. Others have so I may need to blend it with something else.

    • 

      I'm not a huge fan of this one, and I love almond. It seems like it gets bitter really quickly, and there isn't much almond flavor to it. I still have some, so I may experiment with the steep time to see if that helps.

    • 

      Potently almond and reminiscent of marzipan or almond cookies

    • 

      The almond flavoring is very artificial and overpowering. Not my favorite

    • 

      I like to add it to other teas. Too strong of a flavor for me to do it on its own.