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August 5, 2008

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Blueberry Biscottea Shortbread

Blueberry Biscottea shortbread cookies made with white tea and blueberry juice. We’re not going to jump on the bandwagon and call them “antioxidant cookies”—just enjoy them for the novelty and fine flavor.

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Biscottea:
Stylish Shortbread

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Biscottea Flavors

You can see tiny flecks of the tea in each cookie (except the Chai shortbread, which has chai spices but no tea). They bear their distinctive colors: Mint has green flecks, Honeybush reddish-brown flecks, and so forth. They also deliver their distinctive aromas: take a whiff of the cookie blindfolded and you’ll think there’s a cup of chai, Earl Grey or mint tea in front of you (along with some buttery shortbread).

Chai Biscottea Shortbread
Chai Biscottea are energized with chai spices. They’re like eating a cup of chai tea.

African Honeybush Biscottea Shortbread

Honeybush tea is a red tea similar in appearance and flavor to rooibos tea, but it’s slightly sweeter. The flowers of the honeybush plant emit a distinct honey scent, and the tea is only harvested during flowering season to get the sweetest flavor. There really is a feeling of strawberry sweetness in this cookie—a nice, buoyant, natural taste. While it is delicious with an herbal tea like honeybush, the cookie has a universally appealing flavor. You can drink it with any type of tea (or coffee). This cookie is the darkest; look closely and those tiny specks of brown are tea.

Blueberry Biscottea Shortbread

This flavor is made with organic white tea. White tea is the most subtle of tea flavors: You’d never taste it in a cookie. Here, blueberry juice and organic blueberry flavor are used to add sweet fruit flavor to the shortbread. Like African Honeybush Biscottea, it can be enjoyed with any type of tea.

Chai Biscottea Shortbread

This flavor, made with organic chai spices, packs a punch, and anyone who enjoys chai tea or spice cookies will love it. The flavors (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and pepper) perfectly mirror a good cup of chai: It’s a match made in heaven. It also pairs with any unflavored black tea, milk or hot chocolate. We especially liked these cookies with chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Earl Grey Biscottea Shortbread

Organic Darjeeling tea, infused with Earl Grey’s signature bergamot orange flavor, is another charmer. Notes of lemon seem to accent the bergamot flavor. Earl Grey lovers should be delighted. Aside from matching with Earl Grey tea, this cookie can be served with any unflavored tea (you wouldn’t want the flavors to conflict with chai or mint tea, for example), and with any other beverage, as well.

Mint Tea Biscottea Shortbread

Fresh mint flavor leaps from these cookies, flavored with mint tea made with organic peppermint and spearmint leaves. A great pairing with mint tea, with unflavored teas and soft drinks

 

Earl Grey Biscottea
The standard flavors are available in individual
two-cookie packages. Above, Earl Grey Biscottea.

 

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