One Night in Rio Black Tea Blend from Camellia Sinensis

one_night_in_rioTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

This tea is available from Amoda Tea.

Tea Description:

This tea is so hard to resist! The coconut is prominent, but not overpowering. You can still taste the malty black tea at the base. Sweet, juicy pineapple first, creamy coconut second, and a lingering note that tastes oddly like cookies. A new flavoured favourite of ours.

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Taster’s Review:

One Night in Rio Black Tea Blend from Camellia Sinensis had my mouth watering from the moment I opened the pouch!  The combined aroma of pineapple and coconut was strong and oh-so-delightful!  And what I think I appreciated most about it was that this was an authentic fragrance – it smelled like REAL pineapple and coconut.

I brewed the tea in my Breville One-Touch, using 500 ml of water and the entire contents of the sampler pouch that was in this month’s Amoda Tea box.  I set the parameters for boiling (212°F) and 2 1/2 minutes.  As I stood there – eagerly awaiting – I noticed that the fragrance of coconut and pineapple had filled my kitchen.

And now that same fragrance is wafting from my teacup.  I waited another few minutes – leading me to realize that the hardest part when it comes to drinking tea is waiting for the tea to be ready to drink!  But finally – my first sip!  YUM!

I find myself in slight disagreement with the above description from Amoda Tea – I am tasting the black tea as the prominent flavor profile of this cup.  The coconut is a close second with the pineapple lingering in the background until the finish, when the pineapple flavor pops.

I like how all three sets of flavors are present throughout the sip, though.  I’m not waiting for one of the flavors to shine through.  From the very start, I taste notes of black tea, coconut and pineapple.

The black tea, although it is the strongest flavor for me, is not an overly strong or aggressive tasting tea.  It’s a mellow, medium-bodied black tea:  sweet with notes of malt and I taste hints of flower.  It’s a pleasant black tea base.  Not one I’d choose as a breakfast tea (at least, not in this presentation) but it would make a really nice afternoon or dessert tea.

The coconut flavor starts out strong in this cup and continues to develop.  By the time I reached mid-cup, I could really taste and feel the soft, creamy texture of the coconut.  It never really becomes a ‘slick’ coconut texture though – I know that some of the fans of coconut teas want that slickery texture from the coconut.  This doesn’t really have that but it does have a genuine coconut flavor that I really enjoyed.

The pineapple is a more subdued flavor, as I mentioned previously, and while the pineapple isn’t the star of the show, it does add a bright, uplifting note to the cup that invigorates the palate.

A really enjoyable blend – a big thanks to Amoda Tea for including this tea in the box this month!

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