Grays Teacake Kukicha

Tea type
Fruit Green Blend
Ingredients
Coconut, Green Tea, Natural Flavours
Flavors
Coconut, Roasted, Cake, Cream, Rice, Toast, Vanilla
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Low
Certification
Organic, Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “Super backlogged on teas right now; will hopefully catch up by the end of the week (and read some tasting notes, too!) Until then, I’ll jot down some thoughts on a couple new teas from my 52teas...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Hello! I’m back (for the time being). I’ve been really busy lately, because we are redecorating/deep cleaning my apartment. So I haven’t really had time for tea. This morning I decided to try...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I was utterly unfamiliar with the existence of Grays Teacakes prior to this tea. If I’ve understood correctly, they are kind of like coconut toffee/brittle? I haven’t tasted them so I can only...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Hello Everybody! This is another Tea of the Week for January (Retro Candy Shop Month!) – this tea was inspired by a candy called (interestingly enough) “Grays Teacake” which really doesn’t taste...” Read full tasting note

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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.)

organic ingredients: roasted green tea, toasted coconut & natural flavors

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Super backlogged on teas right now; will hopefully catch up by the end of the week (and read some tasting notes, too!) Until then, I’ll jot down some thoughts on a couple new teas from my 52teas order that just arrived!

This tea was delicious, and pretty much what I could have hoped for. Light, sweet, creamy coconut, toasty kukicha base, not a hint of astringency. Lightly flavoured, but absolutely delicious. Looking very much forward to having more of this one; I’d like more right now, actually (how convenient – there’s a resteep on my counter!)

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Hello! I’m back (for the time being). I’ve been really busy lately, because we are redecorating/deep cleaning my apartment. So I haven’t really had time for tea. This morning I decided to try something I haven’t tried before, so this fit the bill.
I’ve never had a “Grey’s Teacake” before, so I really don’t know what to go by. Basically, I’m going in blind here.

180F/3min 2tsp/16oz

Taste is… wow that is surprisingly good. So good in fact that I forgot to add my usual Single Splenda that I add to 52 teas. It’s tasty enough without any sweetener. I’m getting the coconut, but it isn’t overpowering. I’m also tasting a roasted flavor, and I guess that’s the Kukicha. It’s a really balanced tea all on it’s own. I’m actually afraid to add sweetener because it may make the coconut too sweet. This is a good one. I heartily recommend this as it is a good combination of roasted flavor and mild coconut. Oh, and usually, I don’t like coconut in tea, but this one is really good even with the coconut. All in all, a great tea, and a great start to the day.

Flavors: Coconut, Roasted

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

Exciting! I have this one en route in a bit :)

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I was utterly unfamiliar with the existence of Grays Teacakes prior to this tea. If I’ve understood correctly, they are kind of like coconut toffee/brittle? I haven’t tasted them so I can only comment on how tasty this tea was on its own.

I am a fan of coconut, loving both coconut macaroon cookies and those coconut hostess Sno-Ball cakes. This tea smelled deliciously creamy and nutty in the dry leaf. It reminded me of a hostess Sno-Ball without the chocolate.

I have not had toasted kukicha before, only the greener variety. I remember it being bright and tart and a strangely fruity compared to other green teas. Toasted, the kukicha tea tastes much more like toasted hojicha, mostly with warm, roasted notes and a gentle mouthfeel. The leaves were also strange and fascinating, the long kukicha style leaves, rolled tightly in on themselves (long-wise) from the toasting.

Brewed, everything about this tea is warm and roasty. The coconut adds a lovely vanilla cream nuttiness and the toasted kukicha brings a bit of a puffed rice and golden toast flavor alongside it.

It is surprisingly cake-like without being to cloying or starchy. I see this being a favorite afternoon tea when I’m not in the mood for too sweet of a tea blend but still want to feel cozy and pampered.

Flavors: Cake, Coconut, Cream, Rice, Roasted, Toast, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
Evol Ving Ness

Tempting. So tempting.

52Teas

Greys Teacakes: They aren’t really a brittle – they’re more like a toffee/caramel. They aren’t quite as hard as a brittle – but they aren’t buttery soft the way most caramels tend to be, they’re more like the really chewy, toothsome caramels. The strongest flavor of the candies that I sampled is coconut, and a toasty flavor that goes with the coconut, and then a background note of burnt sugar caramel.

Evol Ving Ness

Well, Anne, you are not making it LESS tempting.

52Teas

:) Oh – good!

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Hello Everybody! This is another Tea of the Week for January (Retro Candy Shop Month!) – this tea was inspired by a candy called (interestingly enough) “Grays Teacake” which really doesn’t taste much like a teacake at all – but more like a sweet, toasted coconut-y, chewy candy with hints of caramel.

I must admit that as far as candy goes, this wasn’t my favorite in the box but I did enjoy it (I placed an order with “Handy Candy” for some old fashioned British candies – for research purposes only, you understand). I decided to craft this tea primarily because of the name of the tea – I mean, how could I NOT craft a Grays Teacake blend for Retro Candy Shop month?

And I’m glad I decided to go with this blend, because even though the candy wasn’t my favorite, the tea is fantastic. Oh, I enjoyed the candy well enough, but I certainly had a few favorites in my box – this one was yummy but not one of those favorites. But this is a lovely tea: it has a lovely roasty-toasty flavor, a sweet, creamy coconut note and a touch of caramel in the background.

Cameron B.

Yum, this sounds fantastic! ❤

Mastress Alita

“Research purposes” :-)

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