Nuts and Tea

Nuts and tea go together as well as other typical pairings: cheese and tea, fruits and tea, floral flavors and tea, and of course chocolates and tea. Time to see just how this works.

Stash Decaf Chocolate Hazelnut Tea (Photo source: The English Tea Store)
Stash Decaf Chocolate Hazelnut Tea (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

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 leafA 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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