Dry: Short black tea leaves blended with amaranth petals. Pretty dry loose leaf that looks like it might taste floral (but does not). Smells like malty chocolate and sweetened coconut straight from the sample bag.
Steeped: Clear medium brown liquor. Amazing and appealing that there wasn’t an oil slick like most coconut teas have. I overleafed this a little bit as I do with many flavored teas and the aroma is quite a potent blend of black tea and rich coconut. This tea doesn’t make me think of autumn exactly, but we wanted to try it anyway. :)
Taste: If you like coconut dessert blends, this is a good one. I made it with a dash of agave first and my initial thought was that it reminded me of Mounds or Almond Joy candy. With notes of chocolate, vanilla, and coconut blended into a smooth Chinese black, it came out quite delectable and is probably one of the better (best?) coconut black teas I’ve had. The second time around I drank it straight and I actually think I prefer it that way because I don’t generally have a giant sweet tooth (unless you park a cupcake in front of me anyway). My husband enjoyed SoHo as well, so a tin of it will probably join our family before too long.