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pina colada tea

Pina Colada Honeybush from 52Teas. . . .

I have very few herbal or caffeine free blends. They tend to be…bleh. I find that so many of them just taste like chamomile and…whatever. Or they are red rooibos and let me tell you, honey, me and red rooibos just DON’T get along.

When I got this, I didn’t think of it as a caffeine free option for evening, but rather as a nice change for summertime drinking, and planned to ice it, but OH MY GOODNESS. I made my first pot of it tonight and it was so much more than I was expecting.

First let me start off by saying that I don’t think I have ever had a pina colada, though I am aware of the ingredients. Daughter and I sang a bit of the Pina Colada Song to set the mood. (I like Pina Coladas! And getting caught in the rain!) I think this should probably be made a prerequisite before being allowed to sip.

Oh, but that sip! What a nice surprise! Yes, it is a little boozy tasting, but it is a just right boozy taste. I had a rum raisin tea not long ago that would have set off a breathalyzer. Yuck! But this was just perfect to showcase the fruit and coconut. Because I really feel that the fruit, coconut, and booze flavors were in perfect balance. The honeybush base is so nice. Why, oh why isn’t honeybush used more?

It was brilliant without any sweetener of any kind. As a night time tea, this is important to me since I have occasionally noticed that sugar tends to keep me up as badly as caffeine does.

So I am going to need a lot more of this tisane because I am going to need some big old iced pitchers of it when the weather gets hot and sticky, and some big old pots of it to send me off to bed satisfied and chill. It is currently unavailable but hopefully will be hitting the website again REAL SOON.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Honeybush
Where to Buy:  52Teas
Description

This tea is no longer available but click below for the blends that are.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

White Pina Colada from Tea and Tins. . . .

I have kind of been on a roll here, trying all sorts of pina colada and coconut flavored teas. I have said it before and ill say it again, they both really are my favorite flavors in the summertime. I can honestly say, with 100% certainty, that thus far this White Pina Colada tea is hands down the best i’ve tried. I am SO GLAD I bought two ounces of it.

irst off it smells like pina colada mix, so right off the bat it is realistic and giving me visions of me laying on an island beach in a bikini catchin’ some rays. Second off, when it comes to taste- I swear my taste buds are dancing. The white tea is fluffy and creamy, the coconut is nutty and sweet, and the pineapple is subtle and fruity. Altogether, it forms the most amazing pina colada tea. The taste lingers long after the sip is gone, and it leaves me wanting more. This hot cup is so fragrant and enticing. I literally could close my eyes and pretend I was laying poolside sipping a pina colada! I guarantee this blend would be ahhh-mazing iced in the middle of summer. I also have the bright idea that with a splash of milk, this would be an awesome frozen tea-pop. This is definitely a must try, everyone.

The perfect summer beverage!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Tea and Tins
Description

Ingredients: Bai Mudan white tea, shredded coconut, pineapple bits, coconut and pineapple flavor.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Pina Colada from Steeped Tea. . . . . .

I decided to take a brief break from caffeine this afternoon to address my Heaping Decaf Pile. I picked Pina Colada from the stack because it was on top and because HELLO? YUM? Coconut and pineapple. Yes. I iced it because YOLO.

And it was a good pick. I regret nothing.

The rooibos is melt-in-your-mouth velvety and vanilla-flavored. The pineapple and coconut are sweet and fun.

I’ve never “had my colors done,” but if this tea did, it’d be a “spring.”

This is like the Maypole Dance we did in kindergarten. It’s all pastel-colored and cuddly and fresh.

I want to drink this tea on a canoe in almost-summer while flowers surge up on lake banks. I want to drink this tea with a basket of puppies at my feet. I want to drink this tea on a patio while laughing with female friends about slap-happy-silly memories. I want a flower-crown and a ride on a hot air balloon. A sunrise on top of a mountain. A cup of freshly-sharpened brand-new colored pencils.

If you’re a sucker for a sweet surprise, snap this up!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Rooibos
Where to Buy:  Steeped Tea
Description
Get caught in the rain with this coconut and rum-flavored blend.
Ingredients: Rooibos tea, pineapple pieces, coconut pieces, natural flavor.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

O’Malley’s Escape from Treehouse Teas

OMalley'sEscapeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal

Where to Buy:  Treehouse Teas

Tea Description:

If you like Pina Coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain this tea is for you! It’s a favorite herb and fruit tea that bursts ingredients of pineapple, apple, rosehip, coconut pieces and hibiscus petals. If you are allergic to coconut stay clear. Small Batch Blended and from Sing Buri, Thailand. It has a low antioxidant level and its a caffeine free herb and fruit tea. Steep: 5-10 minutes at a temperature: 100C, 212F. This can be re-steeped for additional cups! Also, makes great popsicles and pink tea for tea parties!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

With a description like the one above, my expectations for this tea were pretty high.  I mean who doesn’t love a sweet tea that carries you away!

The tea mix itself is beautiful.  I adore the colors and love how pretty it looks as the tea steeps.  The dry mixture smells fabulous.  Sweet and tropical.  My excitement level was rising to taste this sweet tropical treat!

I brewed this up per their recommendations and was enjoying how the water was turning into a beautiful pink color.

I took my first sip and sadly- this tea didn’t hit the target for me.  I wanted to love this tea so much.  At first taste, you can pick up an almost strawberry flavor that reminds me of a strawberry Popsicle.  The flavor isn’t very strong and is more on the weaker side.  The coconut is subtle and gentle.  I think with a tea that is being considered a pina colada, I wanted the coconut flavor to be strong.  I didn’t pick up any pineapple or even any of the hibiscus tartness.  This tea was more of a lightly flavored strawberry flavor.  I can see this being a great tea for a little girl’s tea party but not for me.  I would like my flavors a bit stronger.

My last thoughts on this tea is that maybe this tea is one that needs to be cold brewed or even steeped longer than the 10 minutes to really bring out the flavor.  I did share the remainder of this tea with a tea drinking co-worker and her thoughts were in line with what I was thinking.  Regardless, I’ve enjoyed the teas that I’ve tried from Treehouse Teas for the most part.  Just a few I haven’t cared for.  This tea blend would have been one that would have totally caught my eye so I am glad that I was able to try it, just not sure this would be one I would need to try again.

Sipdown #37!