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I’ve posted about this tea before, but it was at the beginning of my fascination with loose leaf. Sadly, a lot of teas that I loved at the beginning of my introduction to loose leaf have suffered as I delved more into the fancy-schmancy teas. Just as bagged tea used to be fine in my cup, so did almost any flavored tea. Now? It’s a different story.

Thankfully, this tea is one that holds up well. It’s a different drinking experience now compared to two years ago, though. When I first had this, I pretty much put sugar and milk in with any flavored black tea. Now that I no longer have to fill a travel mug and deal with a morning commute, though, it’s a rare day that I put in any additives. With sugar and milk, this was a creamy, sweet, dessert-like coconut concoction. Let me tell ya, it was pretty good.

But straight? Well, I think I might enjoy it more. The coconut flavor is more honest-to-goodness coconut instead of dessert coconut. There’s even a slightly musky under note that makes me think of fresh coconut. The tea taste isn’t overly strong – the coconut is definitely the star – but it’s not like it is hiding. Just like it acknowledges that the reason it exists is to give the coconut a place to shine. Mild with a little prickle of dryness (but not to the point of calling it astringency) the tea gives a good, faintly woodsy backdrop to the honest coconut flavor.

Coconut always makes me think tropical thoughts. Slightly different coconuts (sweet, musky, dry, toasted) all give me slightly different tropical thoughts. This one has evolved from toasted coconut on the road to Hana in Maui (when it is sweetened and creamed) to sitting on the mostly empty Kailua beach, feeling the silky sand under my hands and quietly watching a little puff of cloud go by in a bright blue sky.

Carolyn

My tastes have also evolved. I find flavored teas almost all too strongly-flavored for my tastes, especially when comparing it to a good cup of Dragon Ball black tea with a bit of unsweetened creamer or a straight up green or puerh. Perhaps flavored teas are teas with training wheels?

Auggy

I would totally agree with that. It seems most “normal” flavored teas are rather harsh and overwhelming to me now but they did make a good gateway drug, leading me to the super flavorful unflavored teas and to the more delicate flavored teas. So I suppose they get credit for that!

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Carolyn

My tastes have also evolved. I find flavored teas almost all too strongly-flavored for my tastes, especially when comparing it to a good cup of Dragon Ball black tea with a bit of unsweetened creamer or a straight up green or puerh. Perhaps flavored teas are teas with training wheels?

Auggy

I would totally agree with that. It seems most “normal” flavored teas are rather harsh and overwhelming to me now but they did make a good gateway drug, leading me to the super flavorful unflavored teas and to the more delicate flavored teas. So I suppose they get credit for that!

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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