Handmade Tea Kiwifruit Cocoanut

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Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with large chunks of kiwi, varied pieces of coconut
Ingredients: black tea, coconut, kiwi
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: reddish brown

My monthly shipment from +Handmade Tea is always eagerly waited for and July’s box did not disappoint. The accompanying tasting notes explained that this blend was inspired by a tea based cocktail that +Caleb Brown recently had.  Kiwi is not something I’ve been often in tea and when I have, it wasn’t done well. I knew that this one would be different because the pieces were so large and did not contain any additional flavoring or sweeteners. The base black tea was earthy and fruity with a somewhat wine-ish aftertaste. I thought it was interesting that he used two different kinds of coconut, shredded as well as larger pieces. This added a touch of tropical sweetness but it was a subtle flavor. It was more like when I use coconut oil to cook than the candy bar coconut that we are usually used to. The kiwi was sweet but no overly so with a clean and very refreshing finish. All together it was very summery and tasty combination that I never would have thought of on my own.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.