Pinita Colada Carrot Cake

Tea type
Honeybush Rooibos Blend
Ingredients
Carrot, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Coconut, Organic Honeybush, Organic Natural Flavors (Vegan), Organic Red Rooibos, Pineapple
Flavors
Cinnamon, Coconut, Nutmeg, Creamy, Honey, Nuts, Pepper, Roasted Barley, Spices, Spicy, Walnut
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
Organic, Vegan
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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You may be wondering what a “Pinita Colada” is. Well, it’s like a Pina Colada, except without the rum. That’s right, a virgin Pina Colada. And since this tea already has quite a bit of flavor going on – I figured the rum was not needed. This is a flavor-packed blend of pineapple, coconut and carrot cake flavors with just a subtle hint of spice (primarily cinnamon, but it’s a very light touch of cinnamon!)

The base is a blend of organic South African Honeybush and red Rooibos. When paired together, the two herbal ‘teas’ seem to complement each other nicely – bringing out the best flavor in both types of leaf. Sweet with honey-like notes and nutty flavors, these profiles work well with the notes of the dessert-y flavors of pineapple, coconut and carrot cake.

To the base, I added dried pineapple, large shreds of coconut and bits of freeze-dried carrot and just a touch of cinnamon. I think you’re gonna like this one!

ingredients: organic honeybush, organic rooibos, dried pineapple, organic coconut, freeze-dried carrots, organic cinnamon and organic natural flavors.

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9 Tasting Notes

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532 tasting notes

Mostly coconut with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Nothing too special, but I enjoyed it!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Nutmeg

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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1767 tasting notes

The first time I tried this, I wasn’t that impressed. With a splash of milk, I got mostly the honeybush base with cinnamon, then a hint of pineapple. I wondered how this could possibly resemble carrot cake in any way.

This second time around, I made the remainder as a latte and it’s a lot better this way. The coconut came to life, plus I’m detecting a little more cinnamon, and that base is more subdued. I also cheated. Earlier today, I found some Jordan’s Skinny Mixes sugar-free whipped latte foam topping in caramel, so I added a couple pumps to this. That probably played a role in the improvement, even though I tend to not like adding sweetener, especially artificial sweetener. It seems pretty good!

In the end, it still isn’t carrot cake or pina colada but for what it is, it made a good night cap.

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2602 tasting notes

I didn’t realize until I was steeping this one that it is a lot like my favorite no-caff blend (carrot, pineapple, coconut… plus and minus a few things) and this one is just as tasty especially when I oversteeped the second cup the next night. But there is no oversteeping here, only lovely fuller flavor, with the coconut, carrot and pineapple blending together even better. MMM. And the pieces of everything are huge! There is a really nice balance between the three. I only taste a tiny bit of cinnamon aftertaste and the honeybush and rooibos base is perfect for this one. It really helps give the cup that orange color to go with that carrot. This blend is my thing!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // many minute steep

Edited to add: Just got a call at 2 in the morning that Dad was taken to the hospital with brain bleeding from the stroke he had two weeks ago. He is still ten hours away because he was taking antibiotics for the infection and was seemingly doing well. I am scared to death now and have to wait for his surgery to be done.

Ubacat

I am so sorry. I hope your father comes through the surgery with no problems.

Evol Ving Ness

Sending positive thoughts in your direction.

tea-sipper

Thank you both! He is back home slowly but surely recovering and doing surprisingly well considering!

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4216 tasting notes

I get carrot. I get coconut. Not bad but also nothing special. For me at least. I am going to pass the rest along and hopefully others will find more to this than what I did.

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2626 tasting notes

I’m half way through my second pouch and I still haven’t rated this?

Brews nicely with hot water and a moderate steep time. The coconut is strong, but good in combination with the other components. The spices are nice, I taste nutmeg, cinnamon, and what I think is black pepper or walnut husks? Maybe it is from the honeybush, I’m not sure. I’m not in love with coconut like I used to be, so this isn’t my favourite.

Still, the honeybush was a good base, although rooibos would have been sweeter.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Creamy, Honey, Nutmeg, Nuts, Pepper, Roasted Barley, Spices, Spicy, Walnut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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7049 tasting notes

From last night!

This is one I’ll definitely need to revisit before rating because I drank it in a hurry last night since I was (poorly) multi tasking. I definitely didn’t give it the same care and attention that I like to give teas the first time I try them…

I will say, the dry leaf aroma gave me a mixed impression. The pineapple smelled really sweet, juicy and fresh but the coconut gave off quite a lotion-y aroma so that was sort of a mixed boat for me. I forgot I was steeping this, due to the aforementioned poor multitasking, so it got a steep time of well over ten minutes and because I was brewing in a smaller teacup that I’ve been using recently for first tastings it was already cold by the time I pulled out the strainer. Boo!

I very quickly drank it, and I will say that I do remember it being rather pleasant overall albeit quite strong and sweet. Much more of the “Pinita Colada” from my brief tasting than anything resembling carrots or carrot cake. Don’t recall it tasting specifically lotion like either, which is good. But like I said – proper care and attention wasn’t given. So definitely revisiting this one sooner rather than later. But as far as first impressions go, I think there’s something here.

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I cold-brewed some of this last night to enjoy as iced tea today. (Yes, I realize it’s 2:13am but I’m a night owl so my days typically do not begin until around 2 pm. It’s still evening-ish for me.)

A Pinita Colada is another way of saying “virgin pina colada” – in other words, pineapple and coconut beverage – no rum. And really the reason I decided to go that route is because I felt that with the flavors of carrot cake, pineapple and coconut, that this tea had enough going on that rum wasn’t necessary and would potentially muddy up the flavors.

This tea is a little different hot versus cold. As a cold-brewed iced tea, I’m getting the tangy notes from the pineapple and the smooth flavor of coconut and a pleasant spice note from the carrot cake right up front with background notes that hint at carrot cake. Every once in a while, I get hit with a flavor that is distinctly carrot – it’s a little bit sweet and a little bit savory with that carrot note.

It makes a refreshing iced tea. Generally speaking, I prefer green tea (or white tea) for iced tea – I don’t usually go for honeybush or rooibos for iced tea but because this is the tea of the week this week, I thought I’d try it cold-brewed and I really like it. It’s sweet and tasty. If you are one who usually sweetens your iced tea before you taste it, go light on the sweetener with this because it already has a natural sweetness going on – but a teensy bit of sugar will bring out the cake-y flavors a little more.

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