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Alright – I am not a drinker of alcoholic beverages. But I was just too curious about this one not to try it. I mean, I love coconut. I love anything buttery and vanilla flavored. I was already ordering a ton of tea, so why not have this be the one that gets me the free shipping, you know?

Steeped about 1.75-2 tsp. of leaf to 10 oz. of water, with no additives. For some reason, mostly laziness I’m sure, I’m just not going for the milk with these teas. That’s actually probably a good thing, since I’m finding that they have enough body to stand on their own (except for Toasted Marshmallow – that one would benefit from milk or sugar).

This is another tea that really just didn’t need anything added – the coconut and vanilla really managed to both stand out and blend in to the flavor of the tea, if that makes any sense. And I did get a nice buttery addition in texture. Having never had rum I don’t know if it’s accurate, but I do know that I this is amazingly warming and comforting, and if it was in latte form would do well as a cold night cup. Even served like it is now, I could see it being wonderful on winter nights.

I definitely like this – I saw a recipe for hot buttered chai posted on the discussion board here a bit ago, and I’m thinking this would be a FANTASTIC variation on that.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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