First, just as with fruits and flowers, teas have nutty flavors (and for you wiseguys out there, no I don’t mean “nutty” as in “coocoo”). Walnut, pecan, hazelnut, and almond seem to be the most often used to describe a tea’s flavor.
Some Nutty Tasting Teas
- Margarets Estate tea loose leaf — A 2nd flush Darjeeling, grown at 6800 feet above sea level. Some describe the taste as nutty while others liken it to black currants or muscat grapes.
- Ceylon green teas — Mainly made from Assamese tea stock and grown in Idalgash-inna in Uva Province, these teas generally have a fuller body and more pungent, malty, nutty flavors like Assams.
- Keemun — A tea that takes great care and skill to produce so that the leaves are dried without breaking and therefore produce a liquid with a slightly nutty flavor.
- Huo Shan Spring Tips — From the Anhui Province in China. This tea has become a favorite, with a flavor of chestnuts and fresh green sprouts.
- LungChing (Dragonwell) — The most popular green tea, from the Hangzhou region in Zhejiang Province in China, known for its full, round flavor, unique nutty taste, pleasant jade-green color, and wonderful aroma.
- Ti Kuan Yin “Iron Goddess of Mercy” — An oolong tea from Anxi County in China, with complex and well-balanced flavors, including notes of honey, stone-fruits like apricots, and nuts.
- Aged Phoenix — Mildly sweet, with notes of black walnut and smoked plum.
- Ripe Pu-erh — These are generally earthy, nutty, or woody.
Some Nutty Flavored Teas
- Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh — A blend of flavors from Scotland and China, including a pu-erh exhibiting a musty, earthy character, and added caramel and toffee that produce a sweet, burnt, sugary flavor that’s makes a dessert in a cup. Made with luxury pu-erh, butterscotch pieces, almond pieces, and natural flavors.
- Harney and Sons Holiday Tea — Black tea spiced with citrus, clove, cinnamon, and almond. Delicious hot or iced, and perfect for holiday gatherings or just to keep you warm on a cold winter day.
- Harney and Sons White Christmas Tea — A flavored mix featuring almonds, cardamom, and vanilla accented by white chamomile flowers. You’ll hear Bing crooning with each sip.
- Stash Decaf Chocolate Hazelnut Tea — A decadent black tea that is best enjoyed with a little milk and sugar, producing a smooth and rich flavor that will inspire repeat performances.
Some Nuts and Tea Pairings
- Pecan pie — Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Oolong (any)
- Baklava (full of walnuts) — Ceylon Black, Ceylon Green, Darjeeling, Oolong (any), Pouchong
A few pairings to start out your explorations. Happy hunting!
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