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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
952 tasting notes

As best I can tell this is the same tea I have, though the picture and name are different. Mine is called Coconut Cream Pie Flavored Black Tea and it has a picture of a wedge of coconut cream pie pointing toward the left-hand side of the packet. This is another in my antique 52 Teas collection that was in a sealed packet.

Pretty amazing coconut smell coming from the packet. There’s something else, too, which don’t think I would have thought to describe as mint if I hadn’t read that Jason made that connection. There’s a good, sweet coconut of the toasty variety coming out in the aroma of the steeped tea as well (no mint).

I’m expecting good coconut here. The question will be whether the pie makes it in there…

Swing and a miss. I don’t get pie from this, though I know that 52 Teas are fully capable of producing a pastry-like flavor.

So now I’m in a weird rating conundrum. I like this much better than the Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast and the Maple Bacon of yesterday, but I think those flavors live up to their names better. So I’m rating them higher though I prefer this tea and will much prefer drinking it to those. I can already tell the chances I’ll get sick of this are nil, and the chances this will do a number on my stomach on certain days are equally nil. I can’t say that about the other two.

I feel like I need a different sort of rating system, like for Olympic figure skating, where they judge both on the technical score and the artistic interpretation. Mine for a tea like this would be 85 for tea enjoyment and 72 for how well the flavor matches the name.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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