Wow, have I really not posted a tasting note in over two years? The shame would be more crippling if I weren’t currently so tired. You know what might fix that problem? That’s right, friends, the answer is always tea.

This has become something of a staple in my household, and is definitely one of my favorite flavored teas among A Quarter to Tea’s selection. Please note that I made the rookie mistake of offering it to my sister once, and now must live with her hounding me for a taste whenever tea-related chatter comes up. Don’t repeat my mistakes.

I’ve always been something of a spumoni devotee, and it’s clear that time hasn’t allowed my heart to stray from its stance. This tea is everything I love about the ice cream version, just condensed into a single sip and less prone to melting. There’s a very nutty flavor profile, rounded out with cherry notes that are surprisingly not artificial. (I mention this in part because some of AQtT’s cherry-flavored teas leave an unpleasant film in my mouth. Maybe this one is just more understated?). I think the coconut flakes are what sell me on the imitation game this blend is playing with the ice cream, though. Creamy, but not too sweet, and with the added, salty pop of whole pistachios, it’s really just comfort in a cup for me. Doesn’t hurt that this blend is beautiful to look at, with its deep green leaves and the big chunks of dried cherry and nuts. I never really bought into the whole ‘we eat with our eyes first’ deal, but I think this tea deserves to be appreciated on multiple fronts all the same.

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Creamy, Marine, Nutty, Salty

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Figured I’ve been around this website long enough that I should put something here. So, I live in California, but not the sunnier bits, and nowhere near the ocean. Mountains on all sides is fairly calming, though. I’m in that murky area between being an adult and being in denial about being an adult. It’s rough, but I’ll probably make it. I love to read, write, and I have a crippling online shopping addiction that recently has been devoted in large part to tea. Big shock, right?

In terms of tea, I tend to gravitate toward vegetal and creamy oolongs, lightly mineral greens, and honeysuckle whites. I do occasionally enjoy a good flavored tea, however.

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