Review: SerendipiTea Congo Bongo

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Thumbs up!"The intensity of the flavoring is not for the meek on this one, so if you don't like that sort of thing, then I would avoid this one."
Laura’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: Shaiha gave it 7.8/10, Vanessa gave it 7.5/10, Melanie gave it 5/10
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serendipcongobongoSerendipitea is a tea company that I have some rather limited experience with. I have only tried a handful of their items, and the ones I have tried were either really mind-blowing or were a miss with me---though more were hits than misses. This particular blend smells particularly amazing! It has a very tropical aroma with both mangos and coconuts represented in the aroma. This is one of those blends that you can only hope that it tastes as delicious as it smells!

Serendipitea lists the ingredients in this one as mango, coconut, and Nilgiri black tea. However, I can tell you that their list isn't real thorough as my sample package contains not only coconut shreds, but also some little yellow flower shreds that I would guess to be Calendula. If I am right on that, then I have reviewed way too much tea in my day. I prepared this with water brought to a full boil and infused the leaves for about 4.5 min. This is indeed a tasty cup with a VERY full flavor profile. I would say that the primary flavor of the tea is that of mango, but the coconut definitely holds its own. I also suspect that this is flavored with 'natural' flavors---intensely so. The black tea base used here is relatively mild and smooth. It in no way impeded my enjoyment of the drink with astringency or heaviness. Since this one just seems to lend itself to be consumed as an iced drink, I also iced a portion of this. Yep, this one makes an excellent iced tea and was quite refreshing. I think that the coconut stands out a bit more when this is consumed cold.

Overall, I like this one as I am one of those freaks that enjoys very full flavor profiles so long as I like the flavors used and the black tea doesn't ruin the drink. The flavors used in this tea are ones that I happen to love and they kinda make you wanna make plane reservations for somewhere with sunshine, palm trees and tropical breezes so you can enjoy a cup under the shade of a palm tree. I do think that this is one of those love it or hate it kind of blends due to the very full flavor profile. The intensity of the flavoring is not for the meek on this one, so if you don't like that sort of thing, then I would avoid this one. The reason this one is not receiving a higher score from me is that the flavors lack authenticity and don't taste that natural. However, if you love tropical teas like I like tropical teas, then this one is worth consideration.

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2 Responses to “Review: SerendipiTea Congo Bongo”

  1. Linda Says:

    Hi there Laura ~ I enjoyed reading your review of SerendipiTea’s Congo Bongo. One point, the flavoring is indeed 100% Natural ~ the Mango flavoring is even Certified Organic. The Nilgiri Black Tea Base is also Organic & Fair Trade Certified. Cheers, Linda V.

  2. Shaiha Says:

    I must be one of those freaks too as usually I find flavored teas to be far too bland.

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