Nature’s Candy – Coconut Chamomile from Petali Teas

Fruit is nature’s candy– a phrase I heard said by many health-nut, earth-loving parents.  But it might just be true in the case of Coconut Chamomile from Petali Teas.  I got a taste of this blend from my Amoda Tea subscription. With rainbow colors and fun shapes, this tea almost feels like a handful of candies.  It includes green kiwi pieces, pink hibiscus, red rose hips, yellow apple pieces, almost-purple cherry slices, and bright white coconut.

The fragrance of this tea blew me away as soon as I opened the bag, giving me a strong whiff of the fruity, sugary, pop of cherries and berries.  There are huge slices of dried cherries, bright curls of coconut, and the little round blossoms of chamomile.  This blend smells like sour cherry straw candy, or even a bit like traditional, pink bubblegum.  The fruit flavors are very forward, but the chamomile base and some creamy coconut help smooth out the tartness into something super sweet and relaxing.  The only downside is that this tea is best when brewed with lots of leaves, so I only got two cups out of my sample.
Part of me wants to make sure I always have this blend on hand, like the omnipresent dish of hard candies at grandma’s house.  Something simple and sweet to offer the occasional passerby that gets stuck for a while in my living room.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Amoda Teas

A beautiful herbal tea with large pieces of fruit you almost want to eat! Floral flavours of chamomile, delightful fruit, hints of coconut and a perfectly sweet finish. Sip this in the evening and let the chamomile relax you.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Growing up, I drank herbal teas like fresh ginger tea during New England’s harsh winters and iced blueberry tea during its humid summers. Over time, I was tempted into trying a wider variety of loose leaf teas by the fandom-themed blends available online. I have since gone on to design my own blends, and I greatly enjoy drafting up flavor ideas and drawing tea labels.

When I’m not thinking about tea I can be found reading novels and comic books, playing video games, or watching movies; my favorite genres being history, humor, sci-fi, and fantasy.

Generally, I prefer bold teas: spicy chais, rich black teas, even smoky lapsang souchong on occasion. But I have also dabbled in herbal rooibos, flavored oolongs, and traditional matcha. I’m glad to be expanding my palette by tasting and reviewing new teas and blends.

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Fandom blends:

Princess Blend from 52Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

My little girl LOVES tea. I know this is a big shock to everyone that the apple wouldn’t fall far from the tree there, but she really does love tea. Since we closed our retail shop, she keeps asking when we are going to Zoomdweebie’s for tea. Since I can’t help her out with that, I thought the next best thing would be to create a blend just for her. So here is our Princess Blend for my little fairy princess, Amelia. It’s caffeine-free African honeybush, so you can share it with your little ones too (if you feel like sharing this bubble-gummy-goodness).

Taster’s Review:

This was the tea of the week for November 15, 2010.  I didn’t buy it right away, in fact, I really hadn’t planned on buying it at all.  A bubblegum tea doesn’t really sound all that appealing to me.  Not that it sounds horrible or anything, it just wasn’t there at the top of my list of favorite flavors, you know what I mean?

Anyway, on Steepster, I kept hearing good things about this tisane.  So I decided that I really had to try it to see if it lived up to all the hype.   And while I don’t think it is quite as good as everyone else who reviewed it on Steepster does, it is a tasty blend, and certainly much better than I would have thought.  I can’t say that it’s my favorite 52Teas blend, because it isn’t, but, they can’t all be my favorite, can they?

The dry leaf smells like bubblegum.  Make that bubblegum and honeybush, because there is that distinct honeybush aroma in the background.  The brewed liquor possesses a more delicate fragrance, but it still smells like bubblegum and honeybush.

And that’s what it tastes like, too.  The bubblegum flavor is sweet and tastes like pink bubblegum.  You know, like the original Hubba Bubba bubblegum, or an even more precise comparison would be the Double Bubble bubblegum (or Dubble Bubble bubblegum for those of you who can remember that!)

The honeybush is what sets this apart from a wad of bubblegum, though.  The nutty, somewhat woody background and sweet, honey-like tones of the honeybush give this bubblegum a flavor unlike anything you’d find in the candy store.

This is tasty hot or iced, but I prefer it chilled.  It doesn’t need additional sweetener, but, I don’t think it would really disrupt the flavor if you do add sugar or some other sweetener – it would just give you a sweeter bubblegum taste!   I know my two Princesses are going to love this blend!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!