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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
2225 tasting notes

So I’m not a fan of mint in tea, but as is typical, couldn’t resist picking up 10g of this anyways. I figured that I could always give away the rest, as my roommate likes mint, and my ex-roommate likes mint… (I’m pretty much the only person I know IRL who doesn’t). I’m hoping, however, that the creaminess of the coconut counteracts some of the mint ickiness so I might like this one!

The aroma is minty. Very, very, minty. So much mint. Maybe a bit of creaminess, but mostly mint. And looking in the bag? Mostly mint. A bit of coconut, but nearly all mint. Hopes slowly being dashed.

Ok… it’s not as bad as a straight peppermint tea! Hurrah! And there’s a really nice lingering creamy aftertaste that blends with the mint. This almost reminds me of mint patties. Mint is definitely the dominant flavour, but then the coconut emerges and makes everything delicious and creamy. I’m not entirely sure that I’d go so far to say that I like this one, but I can completely, 100% understand why other people do! And it’s certainly not going to go down the drain, because I can actually drink it! The only strange thing I’m noticing is a bit of a strange after-aftertaste. Can’t quite put my finger on what it is that I don’t like, but it could just be an artifact of the mint itself.

Good job, DT, this tea is quite good! I hope it sticks around! Not quite to my liking, but I’m gathering that it’s a winner for mint lovers! My personal rating on it would be in the low 70s, but it’s probably deserving of high 80s/90s (therefore no rating from me!)

ETA: Second infusion is nearly perfect! The mint drops down a bit and the creaminess develops. SO GOOD! Actually rating this one, as I did enjoy that cup!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I’m having a hard time picking up anything other than the mint…

Babble

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like mint, but I can understand since it’s such an overpowering flavor. Must be hard to buy toothpaste, though.

Kittenna

Heather – that’s strange, I definitely tasted coconut, particularly in the second infusion. Mint was certainly dominant, of course. Did you try a second infusion??

Rachel – I don’t dislike mint, per se. I don’t like steeped mint leaves (peppermint is worse than spearmint). It’s not the mintiness that’s a problem, but there’s an associated taste that really turns me off, especially in peppermint tea. Perhaps it’s because I don’t sweeten teas in general? However, teas containing mint and other flavours are often palatable to me if that aftertaste is covered up, which it is here! (It’s still not my first choice of ingredient though, haha.)

Babble

That’s how I feel about licorice and stevia. Ick ick ick.

Kittenna

Totally agree about licorice/anise/fennel! Stevia doesn’t seem to bother me though, although I don’t always like teas that include it.

Babble

I’ve tried several stevia blends and none of them have been good. DT used to put them a lot in their blends.

Amariel

Licorice and anything like it is a no no for me. Blech. As for send steep or follow up infusion, I didn’t have, buying will pay attention to the ratio of the ingredients on my next steep and will consider a second steeping as well.

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Amariel

I’m having a hard time picking up anything other than the mint…

Babble

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like mint, but I can understand since it’s such an overpowering flavor. Must be hard to buy toothpaste, though.

Kittenna

Heather – that’s strange, I definitely tasted coconut, particularly in the second infusion. Mint was certainly dominant, of course. Did you try a second infusion??

Rachel – I don’t dislike mint, per se. I don’t like steeped mint leaves (peppermint is worse than spearmint). It’s not the mintiness that’s a problem, but there’s an associated taste that really turns me off, especially in peppermint tea. Perhaps it’s because I don’t sweeten teas in general? However, teas containing mint and other flavours are often palatable to me if that aftertaste is covered up, which it is here! (It’s still not my first choice of ingredient though, haha.)

Babble

That’s how I feel about licorice and stevia. Ick ick ick.

Kittenna

Totally agree about licorice/anise/fennel! Stevia doesn’t seem to bother me though, although I don’t always like teas that include it.

Babble

I’ve tried several stevia blends and none of them have been good. DT used to put them a lot in their blends.

Amariel

Licorice and anything like it is a no no for me. Blech. As for send steep or follow up infusion, I didn’t have, buying will pay attention to the ratio of the ingredients on my next steep and will consider a second steeping as well.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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