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drank Coconut Oolong by Tsaa
2229 tasting notes

Thanks again to Raritea for a sample of this one! (Also, sipdown!)

I’ve become lazy in my tea comparisons, and have difficulty discerning different teas apart when they’re quite similar. This is no exception. However, I’m starting to think that all coconut oolongs, which suspiciously all have pouchong bases are one and the same. Yep, don’t care where it’s from, I think they’re all the same! Just different freshness(es), and storage, etc. etc. I could be wrong, but……

Either way, this is yummy as all the other ones have been. I love the toasty coconut flavour atop the pouchong base. Tonight it’s not quite hitting the spot though, possibly because I’m craving sweets like crazy right now, and one thing that this tea isn’t, is sweet. Oh well, I have a few more infusions of it to get through tomorrow, because if it’s like/the same as the others, the coconut flavour will last FOREVER!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

I was starting to wonder about the coconut pouchong thing too.

Kittenna

Yeah. I mean, what are the odds that EVERY company had the same idea that coconut oolong must be pouchongs. Or even, what are the odds that they all independently copied one another. Pretty low. It’s possible that there is more than one version out there, but in my head, they all meld together.

whatshesaid

Where are you getting ‘pouchong’ from? Honestly I’m still new enough that I don’t know what that is, but my bag says “pao zhong” – same thing?? I am trying to cram my head with tea knowledge :)

Kittenna

Yeah, same thing. Apparently it’s something to do with different ways of translating Chinese to English, so you end up with different words, which to a newbie, is very confusing! Pouchong = pao zhong = bao zhong. Tieguanyin = tiekuanyin, dong ting = tung ting, etc.

whatshesaid

Wow, thanks for that! I suspect it would have taken me a long time to figure it all out.

Cavocorax

Woah! Thanks for clearing that up. I wondered if DavidsTea and Zen Tea were using the same base tea – sounds like they are!

Kittenna

Yeah. I had initially thought that more companies made all of their own blends, but it seems I’m wrong.

Pia M

Has anyone had the Coconut Oolong from The Spice & Tea Exchange? I was wondering if these other oolongs taste similar…?

Kittenna

Unfortunately that, I cannot tell you :( I don’t think I’ve had that one. My suspicion is though, that if it’s a pouchong with coconut flavour, it probably is similar if not the same.

Indigobloom

I’ve had it, and I’m not sure if it was a pouchong, I don’t think it was but then that was so long ago… though it was my absolute fave tea for quite a while! before I got turned off coconut!

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CrowKettle

I was starting to wonder about the coconut pouchong thing too.

Kittenna

Yeah. I mean, what are the odds that EVERY company had the same idea that coconut oolong must be pouchongs. Or even, what are the odds that they all independently copied one another. Pretty low. It’s possible that there is more than one version out there, but in my head, they all meld together.

whatshesaid

Where are you getting ‘pouchong’ from? Honestly I’m still new enough that I don’t know what that is, but my bag says “pao zhong” – same thing?? I am trying to cram my head with tea knowledge :)

Kittenna

Yeah, same thing. Apparently it’s something to do with different ways of translating Chinese to English, so you end up with different words, which to a newbie, is very confusing! Pouchong = pao zhong = bao zhong. Tieguanyin = tiekuanyin, dong ting = tung ting, etc.

whatshesaid

Wow, thanks for that! I suspect it would have taken me a long time to figure it all out.

Cavocorax

Woah! Thanks for clearing that up. I wondered if DavidsTea and Zen Tea were using the same base tea – sounds like they are!

Kittenna

Yeah. I had initially thought that more companies made all of their own blends, but it seems I’m wrong.

Pia M

Has anyone had the Coconut Oolong from The Spice & Tea Exchange? I was wondering if these other oolongs taste similar…?

Kittenna

Unfortunately that, I cannot tell you :( I don’t think I’ve had that one. My suspicion is though, that if it’s a pouchong with coconut flavour, it probably is similar if not the same.

Indigobloom

I’ve had it, and I’m not sure if it was a pouchong, I don’t think it was but then that was so long ago… though it was my absolute fave tea for quite a while! before I got turned off coconut!

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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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