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Maikotea Cherry Almond Herbal Tea Review
A Sad Almond and Cherry Flavored Herbal Tea
Summary : Such a disappointment! A tea that had an absolutely, positively "riveting" aroma that had a pretty unpleasant taste once brewed...without a trace of almond flavor either.
Review : There are few things better in life than Amaretto. If money was no object, I could drink Amaretto forever...or at least...until I got drunk and passed out. This is why, obviously, I find almond teas so intriguing...they come about as close as you can to getting an Amaretto flavor (which originates from almonds) without the nasty side effects of a hangover the next day...among other things.
And so it happened that one fine Christmas I was sent a tea, manufacturer then unknown, that was labelled as a Almond Cherry tea. Interesting...cherry plus almonds does indeed sound like a very nice mix, don't you think?
Eventually, through significant hunting around online, I think I found the manufacturer of this tea - Maikotea - a higher end japanese tea plantation that imports their teas using a company called Kotobuki.
But enough of that. Due to my love of all things Amaretto, I was, needless to say, very much looking forward to trying out this tea. I've enjoyed other almond teas before, although none of have come close to being a "Amaretto and 7-Up" replacement, sadly. Still, they were good.
As such, my spirits really soared when I popped the top of the canister that this tea was shipped in. Talk about the aroma of almonds. Almonds everywhere! And yes, there was even the fragrance of cherry too..although not nearly as strong as the almond aroma. As I'm a sucker for good smelling teas, I immediately got my hopes up that yes...this was THE tea...the tea that could satisfy my lust for Amaretto in all shapes and forms.
But sadly, the reality was a disappointment. Once brewed, this tea has a moderately strong cherry flavor to it. A cherry taste all by itself would be great...but where is the Amaretto flavor? I looked. I tasted. Yet...nowhere in this tea could I even begin to find the Amaretto flavor at all.
And perhaps worse, the cherry flavor to this tea was well...just plain odd. One would think that the mixing of cherry and almonds would go off smoothly, and indeed, in other teas I've tried it has. But for whatever reason, the mixing of these two flavors in this particular tea left me with a rather odd and not entirely pleasant taste.
In short, this tea, which had incredibly bright prospects at the beginning, sort of fell way down my tea rankings once I had given this tea a try. It was nothing like what I hoped it would be for, but that is nothing knew and won't be itself assign a tea to a low ranking on this site. Instead, I just found this tea rather unpleasant to begin with...despite it's absolutely wonderful aroma.
Recommendation : No. Assuming you can even find it, this is anything but a "almond tea", let alone a Amaretto replacement. Once brewed, you are greeted with no almond flavor at all and a rather odd cherry flavor.
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