I am SO having this for breakfast right now. My initial impressions as I whiff the dry leaf from the pouch: Malibu rum. Extreme coconut nonetheless. And am I ever excited about the huge flakes of coconut distributed throughout the tea. I love the pairing up of tea with coconut so getting this was a no-brainer.
While this was steeping, I caught a glorious whiff of luscious, sweet coconut. The first sip has different stuff going on at once. Just as my taste buds start to appreciate the coconut, the black tea pushes it over, but then following right after that is a faint creaminess. It’s nice. It has attitude, but I like it.
For the second time in 24 hours, I broke the rules, at least in my rulebook, of drinking tea without any additives. The slight astringency of the tea compelled me to add a couple tablespoons of milk to this. While the milk has rounded out that astringency, the coconut has blended into the milk so much that I can hardly taste it. It smells like wonderful creamy coconut, however!
I’m going to have to play around with the steep time in order to find balance here. Other than that, if I ever acquired Malibu rum while this tea was still around, I would definitely add a dribble of that in just for kicks.