Brand: Tea Total
Tea: Black, loose leaf
Flavour: Vanilla Almond
Cost: NZ$16 for the tin, NZ$12 for the soft pack.
Ingredients: Black tea, almond, vanilla bean, flavour.
As with all of Tea Total’s range, when it comes to their packaging you have the option of a 100g branded airtight tin, or 100g soft pack. I chose the tin. Upon initial inspection this black vanilla almond tea has average leaf quality with a simple and tidy blend aesthetic, consisting of mostly black tea with hints of small almond and vanilla bean pieces through the blend.
Sadly there is no region or country origin stated, no ethical sourcing or packaging.
The initial packet aroma smells smooth and light with soft hints of vanilla and almond, as its aesthetic promises. Water is added and the liquor grows to a smooth red hued amber. The steeped aroma has notes of sweet almond and balanced black tea. There is average astringency, which is expected and not unpleasant.
Brew time: 5 mins
The first cup is poured. It is mild to average in flavour and has a red amber coloured liquor. Overall this is very sweet, with a slightly powdery and subtly tart astringent tone which sits comfortably at the back of the mouth. This is more aromatic rather than a strong infusion, so the flavour experience is mostly through the nose, tasting the black tea and generic sweetness in the mouth. The vanilla got a bit lost between the black tea base and almond notes showing through.
Notables with milk: The liquor is more true to its light flavour with milk added and slightly less astringent. Being an almond lover I tried this with almond milk added, enhancing its flavour, which I throughly recommend. Cup remains are minimal and quite clean.
I liked this loose leaf almond tea. I do wish that the flavour was a stronger infusion as opposed to an aromatic blend, however my personal preference leans towards having my black teas quite strong. The expected vanilla notes could be more prominent as well as once the tea was steeped it translated to purely sweetness instead of an authenic vanilla flavour. Overall I feel this is a nice blend if you want a sweet black tea that is smooth and not super strong.
Rating: 7/10, this is a soothing aromatic infusion for any almond lover.