Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Tea Review: Okay Fine Tea (Pippa's Real Tea)

Okay Fine Tea
Pippa's Real Tea
Type: Flavored Black
Origin: Indonesia, Japan
Product Description:
Our “gateway” tea – for those who are ready to turn away from the dark side (i.e. coffee) but are nervous about that first step. Yes, it really does have coffee beans in it. And chocolate. The aroma is incredible, and the taste is too. Plus, you’ll be getting all the benefits of green and oolong teas!

Temperature: 208° F/195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes/5 minutes

The dry leaf blend includes Japanese green tea, Indonesian oolong tea, coffee beans, and white chocolate.  The aroma is rich and decadent and reminds me of hot cocoa with a bit of Irish cream mixed in.

The coppery orange infusion has an aroma that is almost equally as decadent as the dry leaf aroma with notes of thick, rich chocolate, nuts, and coffee by way of a mocha.  The taste is smooth, sweet, and roasty with fairly balanced notes from the tea, coffee, and chocolate and a nice finish.

This was a bit of an impulse buy during my visit to Pippa's Real Tea.  While I don't usually favor dessert-like teas, I was rather curious about how this blend of ingredients would come together and, in this case, my curiousity was rewarded.  The flavor met the expectations set by the aroma without being overly rich.  I prepared the initial infusion at a higher temperature and shorter steeping time than the recommended 5 minutes at 195° F and was pleased with the results.  It is well worth infusing a second time following the recommended temperature and time. 

Pippa's Real Tea changed ownership this year and is now called cafeTenby.  It's unclear if they are still offering Pippa's tea blends.

This tea was purchased by me.

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