Review: Kokomo Tea Raspberry Ginger

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Thumbs up!"This tea’s predominant flavor is a mixture of ginger, lemon-citrus, and an unexpected soap-like element. The ginger is by far the most noticeable ingredient. The raspberry flavor was pretty elusive, but was most detectable in the aftertaste, providing for a sweet finish to an otherwise sharp and crisp tea. This tea is, in a word, intriguing. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7/10
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kokomoraspberrygingerGinger is often paired with citrus, peach, or honey, but this raspberry-ginger blend was a new mix for me, and one I was quite curious to sample. When I requested a sample of Kokomo Tea’s raspberry ginger tea, I assumed this would be a flavored black tea blend. Boy, was I wrong! This tea is actually, according to the Kokomo website, "made from a Pai Mu Dan base and blended with a mixture of refreshing green teas, as well as, ginger bits, raspberries, cloves, cardamom and even a tiny bit of black pepper". There were whole intact raspberries in my sample, which was an unexpected yet much-welcomed surprise! The different ingredients ranged from very small specks to large leaf pieces and whole berries/pods which settled out by size; one should keep this in mind and be sure to mix this blend together well so that the infusion includes all of the ingredients in this blend. When taking my first whiff of this dry blend, my initial reaction was that it smelled very much like potpourri. To brew this tea, I used my standard approach for herbal teas by infusing the blend in boiling water for five minutes, which resulted in a relatively pale-colored liquid with a strong ginger aroma. When I really concentrated, I could pick up on a raspberry scent as well, although it was really much less noticeable than the ginger. Overall, the scent reminded me of the potpourri you might find simmering in a holiday gift shop. Generally speaking, potpourri isn’t something that tantalizes my taste buds, so I was a little concerned about how this tea would taste.
As it turns out, this tea’s predominant flavor is a mixture of ginger, lemon-citrus, and an unexpected soap-like element. The ginger is by far the most noticeable ingredient. The raspberry flavor was pretty elusive, but was most detectable in the aftertaste, providing for a sweet finish to an otherwise sharp and crisp tea. The white tea base is masked fairly well by the ginger and other added flavors. This tea is, in a word, intriguing. I have to say that while I didn’t exactly love this tea, I did continue to sip my way through the entire cup because it was such an interesting blend. New flavors seemed to emerge with each sip. While I wish that the soap-like flavor was a little less prominent, this is still a tea worth recommending to others. Because of the potpourri-like qualities that I observed, I imagine that those who enjoy floral teas might particularly enjoy this blend. The bottom line is that I wouldn’t describe this tea as outright delicious and it does have a strong potential to elicit an immediate love-or-hate response, but because it’s such an unusual blend, it’s worth sampling.

— To purchase Kokomo Tea Raspberry Ginger, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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