|" One thing about this blend is that it is fairly two dimensional (even more so than many) in that the initial taste is strawberry kiwi and the aftertaste/finish is all coconut. "|
If you follow along with my reviews on Teaviews with any regularity, then you probably already know that I love, love, love coconut. Pretty much anytime there is an available sample with coconut as an ingredient it is requested by me. Culinary Teas is a company that I am not unfamiliar with as I have had friends give me some samples of their stuff. However, it has been quite awhile since one of their offerings has entered my tea cup. My sample package consists of the dry black tea leaves, thin shreds of coconut and small blue flower petal shreds. It smells delicious and the aroma is slightly intense. It smells mostly like a strawberry kiwi blend with little in the aroma to call attention to the coconut. Did I mention that I love coconut?
I prepared this using water cut just short of boiling and infused this for about 4 min. The flavor profile is very nicely done and quite delicious. The flavoring is not quite as intense as the aroma suggested and that is probably a good thing. When you first begin to drink the blend the primary flavor is that of a strawberry kiwi tea. However, the finish and aftertaste is all coconut!! The coconut flavor is spot on and reminds of a good dessert coconut flavor. The black tea base used is quite mild and is of a good enough quality so as not to detract from the blend. One word of caution, this blend is very naturally sweet on its own so I would hold off on adding any sweetener until you've had an opportunity to taste it. Since my favorite part of the cup is in the finish and aftertaste (coconut), I was reluctant to add any dairy and try this out latte style.
If the description of this blend appeals to you, then this is definitely one that you should add to your cart when shopping with Culinary Teas. I thoroughly enjoyed this blend. It is kind of the perfect union of strawberry, kiwi and coconut. One thing about this blend is that it is fairly two dimensional (even more so than many) in that the initial taste is strawberry kiwi and the aftertaste/finish is all coconut. It is almost like this blend has a split personality---in a good way. At $13 for a 4 oz bag of tea, this one is a bit of a splurge but one that I would make. In a word: Yummo.
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