Tea of the Week for January 14, 2019!
When I ordered my haul of British old fashioned candies (you know, because research for this month's theme) I had to include Grays Teacakes in the order. Something in the name drew me to it. I really can't be 100% positive, but I think it might have been the TEA part of the name. Pure speculation, of course.
Anyway, I had never tried these tasty candies before receiving my package from Handy Candy, so I didn't know exactly what I was in for. The description said they were creamy, chewy, coconutty & rich. Upon tasting them, I can report that they are coconutty & somewhat 'rich' I suppose - although they weren't quite as creamy or chewy as I was lead to believe by reading the description - or perhaps, out of fairness, I should say they weren't as creamy or chewy as I wanted to believe based on what I read into the description. These were first kinda hard to bite into & then a little chewy but the 'hard' bite seemed to negate the chewy part a bit. But it did have a richness of a caramel although I must admit that lately, I've spoiled myself a bit when it comes to caramel & tend to buy the more spendy, handcrafted type of caramels, which tend to have a richer flavor to them than the commercially manufactured candies do.
All that aside - I was still quite enamored with the flavor of these candies - toasted coconut & caramel! - so I decided that I HAD to interpret this candy in tea form. I started with a base of organic, roasted Kukicha & added toasted coconut plus some caramel essence.
I LOVE this tea & maybe I'm a wee bit prejudiced, but I think that the tea outshines the candy that inspired the tea. It's smooth and tasty, with it's pleasing roasty-toasty flavor, sweet coconut & caramel notes. So good! It's also VEGAN, organic & gluten free. (Yes, I usually also say "allergen free" however coconut is regarded by some as a tree nut & as such represents the only tree nut that I utilize in my tea blends, so this tea is safe for those of you who are not allergic to coconuts.)
Taster size is approximately 15g
organic ingredients: roasted green tea, toasted coconut & natural flavors