drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
958 tasting notes

Finishing up this sample today as part of a larger plan for coconut tastings. I’m also planning to finish up the last of the ATR and then on to the Premium Steap, which seems to have a good many fans here. I am really eager to try that one as it has toasted coconut rather than untoasted, and that could make a lot of difference in how I receive it as macaroons would be one of the ten foods I’d take with me if I were stranded on a desert island.

I continue to find this one enjoyable, but having now had the ATR I think that if I were going to buy a “fresh” coconut blend I’d pick the ATR instead. There’s something about the base of the ATR that just has more depth. Thanks to the experience of the ATR, though, I’m now looking for, and finding, a bit of a chocolate note to this one.

I wonder whether it’s more than coincidence that it’s called a coconut. I googled why is a coconut called a coconut and got a reference to coco meaning monkey face. But there’s an interesting similarity between chocolate and coconut, which is probably what makes them so appealing together. They mesh somewhere on a flavor continuum which is not dissimilar from the cocoa/vanilla continuum.

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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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