Today I felt parched and went downstairs to get a drink in my office building’s cafe. The cafe offers teas from The Republic of Tea. While I was reluctant to try these teas insofar as most tea snobs–not that I am one–wouldn’t try this brand, I relented and gave it a shot. I am so glad I did.

There were a few to choose from, but the one that really stood out for me was a flavored black tea, Vanilla Almond. The black tea does not come from any particular estate, and is flavored with Madagascar vanilla beans and almonds from unknown origins. This combination is well paired, and is a nice treat. I must admit my sweet tooth enjoys dessert-like teas, and this was no exception. By the end of the day, I had had two 16 oz. cups of it. I will be substituting my morning chai for this tea. For one reason, it is about three dollars cheaper, and for another, it has fewer calories since it is sans milk. (The Republic of Tea says that this tea can be made into a tea latte by adding milk, but I don’t think it needs it.)