The Ladies' Tea Guild

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Review of Buccaneer blend loose tea from SerendipiTea.

I recently received a sample of this tea blend and have really been enjoying it. The Buccaneer blend contains Fair Trade certified organic black tea, chocolate, coconut, vanilla and rooibos. The first aroma that I noticed upon opening the foil pouch was the toasted coconut, with a little hint of vanilla and chocolate and the kind of citrusy fragrance of rooibos. When brewed and served hot, the flavor of the tea blend changes slightly; I thought it tasted mostly of toasted coconut and rooibos, and couldn’t really taste the chocolate and vanilla. On a second and third brewing, the chocolate and coconut are very much in the aroma, but the vanilla is still hiding behind them, I suspect. The black tea flavor wasn’t there at all for me, and I had to look at the tea leaves themselves to make sure they were there. Sort of disappointing for me, as I expected the black tea to make the blend taste more substantial. On a second and third brewing, I detected the black tea as a faint presence behind all the other stronger flavors, but not as a distinct flavor in itself. I tend to want my tea – even flavored tea – to taste at least a little bit like “tea”, but I may be alone in my preference. All in all, still a tasty blend, which can withstand 2 infusions per serving. I’m not sure this blend is one of those that tastes equally good as a hot beverage and a cold one; I drank some both freshly brewed and after it had cooled, and I prefer this blend hot, definitely. The chocolate flavor really needs the heat in order to have a presence, I think. But as a hot drink, with a flavor of the tropics, the Buccaneer blend is a good one.



Jason Witt said...

Give me chocolate and coconut with my black tea, definitely. Not only are these some incredibly tasty ingredients but they're also health foods. But I'm going to pass on the rooibos. It's just not a real tea to me since it isn't a true Camellia Sinensis tea. --Spirituality of Tea

South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild said...

I agree with you about the rooibos! I would have preferred this tea without it, and I'm going to be checking out this same tea company to see if they sell a regular chocolate coconut black tea. But I'm glad I only got a sample of this tea, so I don't have to worry about what to do with it since I won't be drinking a whole lot of it!

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