Almond Cookie from The NecessiTeas . . .

Despite the eventual turn of the season towards something warm, there are still plenty of cold, grey days.  On those days, it’s time to brew up something comforting and sweet like Almond Cookie tea from the NecessiTeas.  Opening up the bag of tea, the blend has a very forward amaretto-like scent, sweet and fragrant and strong, like baked goods with almond extract.  This smooth and silky flavor carries over into the smell of the brewed tea and its taste.

Just beneath all the sweet marzipan is something more creamy and buttery, clearly the “cookie” part of this Almond Cookie blend.  This butteriness almost reminds me of coconut, though it’s not so tropical. NecessiTeas had a great idea combining almond and cookie together.  A marzipan-driven tea can be a but too overwhelming on its own, so the nutty, butter-cookie taste is the perfect pairing against the almond flavors.

Writing this review I almost thought I had talked about this tea before.  Last time I reviewed Coconut Almond Macaroon from the NecessiTeas, which is similar though it has a green tea base and stronger coconut tones.  If you liked that blend, definitely try this Almond Cookie blend as well. My mug is almost empty and there are still clouds in the sky, so it’s time to brew another cup!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: The NecessiTeas
Description: This bakery-style blend of black tea, sweet almond and creamy coconut is sure to satisfy your inner “cookie monster”.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

It is Macaroon Season: Try Coconut Almond Macaroon from the NecessiTeas

I feel like I’ve see a lot of macaroon-themed teas popping up this spring so it felt like time to try a tea I was saving in my collection, Coconut Almond Macaroon from the NecessiTeas.

It’s a little known fact that I like coconut in my baked goods and sweets.  Almond Joy bars or Coconut Cluster Girl Scout cookies are the way to go!  And don’t even get me started on Hostess Sno-Balls…

The dry leaf of this blend smelled strongly of almond, almost like amaretto liqueur or almond extract.  Almond was definitely the dominant tone, but there was some coconut cream hiding beneath the marzipan fragrance.  This tea has a green tea base, so I kept the water temperatures a little lower and let it steep.  I could hardly keep my nose out of the mug while I waited.  The brew smelled so delicious, sweet and nutty, with much more coconut coming forward as time went on.

This tea is true to its name: coconut macaroon.  There’s the smooth, almond-cookie, sweet chocolate, and plenty of buttery coconut.  Using green tea beneath all these flavors was a great choice by The Necessiteas.  The coconut is toasted and warm, and almost makes the green tea taste like a roasted hojicha.  The green tea also makes this blend light enough that the coconut and chocolate don’t need to compete for prominence, and it allows the cookie flavors to really shine.  After a long day, this was the perfect dessert tea to brew up as a treat!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: The NecessiTeas

The perfect blend for Macaroon lovers. The aroma of slightly toasted almonds will greet you at first sip followed by the creamy, sweetness of coconut. This is our guilt-free version of the bake sale classic.

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Holiday Tea Alert! Snickerdoodle from Simpson and Vail

Snickerdoodle from Simpson & Vail was a sweet, simple blend, perfect as the weather gets cooler.  The tea has true cinnamon-stick flavor– not at all like cinnamon candy– definitely the cinnamon flavor of baked goods.  The warm, spice flavor goes well with the gentle dry grass and honey notes of the green rooibos.  Let me put the emphasis on “green” rooibos.  Unlike red rooibos, which can have a tendency to get a little medicine-like, or cloying, the green rooibos always stays smooth, sweet, and mellow, so feel free to brew this gentle decaf cinnamon blend as long as you like.

In fact, I had to brew a much stronger cup to get beyond the simple, warm cinnamon notes and find more nutty, vanilla-cookie flavors.  Don’t skimp on the leaf amount or brew time with this blend: steep it strong for the best Snickerdoodle flavors.

It’s no secret that I love teas with lots of bold spices like ginger and cloves, but I do realize these are not everyone’s favorite flavors.  If you want something comforting and festive, but without all the overdone pomp and circumstance of a holiday chai, Snickerdoodle might just be the perfect tea for you.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal/Green Rooibos
Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

When we were kids Jim came home from elementary school with some recipes his teacher had given him (perhaps for an upcoming bake sale). I’ll never forget the day our Mom made a batch of Snickerdoodle cookies. They were an instant favorite in our house! The recipe was lost for awhile and we would continually ask Mom for “those lovely cinnamon cookies”. You never saw four happier kids than when she found the recipe again.

If you are a cinnamon lover then this Rooibos blend is for you! When you open the bag, the aroma of cinnamon cookie happily greets you. The brewed cup is amber colored with the taste of fresh baked snickerdoodle cookies. The sweet cinnamon taste lingers deliciously on the tongue.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Lemon Blueberry Cookie Dough Black Tea from 52Teas

Lemon-Blueberry-Cookie-DoughTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

One of our “YOU be the tea blender” blends, this is a premium Pettiagala Extra Long Leaf OP black tea from Sri Lanka blended with freeze-dried blueberries, lemon myrtle and organic blueberry, lemon and cookie dough flavors. Delicious and fun–like the flavors are having a pillow fight in your mouth!

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about 52Teas’ subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

This Lemon Blueberry Cookie Dough Black Tea from 52Teas is pretty tasty.  I don’t think I’ve had a lemon blueberry cookie before, but I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to trying one – or the dough before one is baked!  I love the flavor combination of lemon and berry!

I brewed this in my Breville One-Touch:  I measured 2 bamboo scoops of tea into the basket and poured 500ml of water into the kettle.  The temperature was set for 205°F and the timer for 2 1/2 minutes.

I do wish I would have set the timer for only 2 minutes, because the black tea is a little on the astringent side.  It’s not really what I’d call bitter, but together with the tart, lemony notes and the tea – I’m getting a fair amount of tangy astringency at the tail.

The black tea is a brisk, medium-bodied tea.  I think I would have liked a maltier tea as the base to help bring out the ‘cookie dough’ flavors because I’m not getting a lot of that sweet dough-y flavor here.

I get plenty of lemon notes and hints of blueberry.  As I continue to sip, the blueberry notes develop and by mid-cup, the blueberry is almost on even standing with the lemon.  By the time I’ve reached the end of the cup, the two flavors are pretty nicely balanced.  I really like the way these two flavors play together – the lemon and the blueberry are really quite compatible flavor companions.

There is an underlying sweetness to this cup, but, maybe the tartness of the lemon together with the tart notes of the berry overwhelm the sweeter notes of what should taste like cookie dough.  By mid-cup, I do pick up on more flavors that could be cookie dough-ish.

After the tea cools significantly, I pick up on a lot more cookie dough taste – this tea is definitely better cold than it is hot.  The astringency mellows a little, there is balance between the lemon and blueberry flavors, and the cookie dough flavor emerges a bit.

Overall, this is a tasty blend.  It’s a fun flavor, a little on the tart side – if you like lemon, you’ll really enjoy this playful flavor.

Sugar Cookie Iced Honeybush Tea from Southern Boy Teas

SBT-HONEYBUSH-Sugar-CookieTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  Zoomdweebies

Tea Description:

Organic caffeine-free honeybush with organic sweet, cakey, sugar cookie flavors. This is one of those teas that your family might end up squabbling over, so be sure to stock up on a few of these. Blends like these are a great alternative to sugary caffeinated sodas–we don’t let me daughter have much caffeine, but she LOVES these honeybush iced teas.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn about SBT’s subscriptions here.

Taster’s Review:

After having tried Christmas Cookie Shou Mei from 52Teas, I thought that this iced tea might be a lot like that blend, but it really isn’t.

This doesn’t have the same warm spice profile that the Christmas Cookie tea has.  This is more of a sugar cookie.  (Just like the name implies!)  I like that it’s not overly sweet.  I don’t get a heavy “sugar” cookie sugary taste, but I get that freshly baked shortbread-type of flavor.  It’s sweet but not too sweet.  This isn’t like a heavily iced sugar cookie that you’ll find in your grocery store bakery.

You know the cookies I’m talking about, right?  They’re really colorful and they have trigger kind of names like “cotton candy” or “caramel apple” that lure you in and you have to try it, but then when you bite into it, it doesn’t taste like cotton candy or caramel apple, it tastes like sugar and shortening.  It’s so cloying that a bite is all you can handle.

This is more like the homemade cookies that are rolled in sugar, so you get a even, consistent, sugary-sweet flavor, but as long as the cookies are made right, it isn’t too cloying.  The dough is not overly sweet, more like a shortbread so balance is achieved.

I enjoyed this.  I liked that despite the name “sugar cookie” this isn’t a too-sweet kind of drink.  It’s really tasty!

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