Kerikeri Organic Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

My roomie picked up some of this while she was living in New Zealand – apparently feijoa is a pretty popular fruit over there? It’s a bit of a weird flavour – we had it in some drinks and chocolates over there while I was visiting her. It’s a bit floral-fruity and definitely has that “exotic” fruit flavour (i.e. not a flavour that’s familiar). It could be misconstrued as overripe too, I believe.

Anyhow, the tea! It’s actually a reasonably accurate representation of what I know to be feijoa flavour (although admittedly I didn’t have the actual fruit, so I could be wrong) – the aroma is fruity, sweet, and almost fig-like, and the flavour is very similar, although not quite as intense as the aroma. The green honey bush works well here – unobtrusive, and no throat scratchiness. Overall, not a flavour I overly care for, but I think it’s a well-done tea. Withholding a rating; personally it’s probably in the 40s as I don’t really want much more, but if one likes feijoa, it’s probably 80+.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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63

I wouldn’t have picked this combination to work, but it really does! The spearmint shines through, with the manuka giving it a medium body with an underlying sweetness.
Both a refreshing and comforting cup, kind of like jumping in a swimming pool and getting hugged in a blanket.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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78

This honeybush chai was quite a delight; smooth, sweet with a hint of peppery cinnamon. The addition of horopito pepper puts a kiwi twist on the usual blend of chai spices too, I really wish more NZ tea companies would use native plants.
And normally I love any excuse for a milky tea, but I ended up drinking this plain because I was too impatient to let brew it any longer. Though I do imagine it would be lovely with milk if you doubled the steeping time.
I might even prefer this over the rooibos Red Baron Chai… perhaps this can be Honeybush Viscount Chai?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

I have not tried a honeybush chai… it sounds amazing though. I do add honeybush to my own Masterpiece Chai blend and I love how the honey taste compliments the overall flavor of it… I bet this is really good!

Miss Sweet

I’d never tried honeybush chai before either! It makes so much sense though, especially as I sometimes add honey to my regular chai. I’m totally rooting for honeybush to be the next big thing…

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67

Malty, mellow and smooth – and that is before adding any milk! I don’t find this tea particularily strong, certainly not the strength needed for a good ass-kicking at 9am on the first day back at work after a disjointed 3 day weekend. Adding milk (trim of course) lessens the strength but brings out a hint of that delightful honey taste found in my favourite Assams. More of a late morning or early afternoon tea really… Bay Of Islands Brunch?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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83

I’ve been a fan of Kerikeri’s earl grey for a while, but only recently found a stockist handy to me – Esquires coffee shops of all places! Its basically a cruddy NZ version of Starbucks, so I’m amazed that you are able to buy decent loose leaf from them.
I picked up an EPIC size cup of this earlier and drank it black – its definitely my favourite earl grey after Excelsior! Really smooth and light, with a good citrusy bergamot kick. I can’t wait to try their other blends :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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