Thanks to iHeartTeas for this sample, it came from her sell off sale. This was one of the first teas I added to my shopping list when I joined steepster, it had so many positive reviews that I knew that I just had to try it. When I opened my sample package I was immediately surprised by how large the coconut pieces were and how much this tea smelled like coconut. This tea smells heavenly.
I didn’t have any steeping instructions so I played around a little. My first cup was 212 for 4 mins and I wasn’t initially pleased with it. It had an astringency that I didn’t care for while it was hot and all I got out of it was the coconut flavor. I made a second steep at 212 for 5 mins, mixed it with the first, and allowed it to cool before I drank the rest of it. That cut the astringency a bit and it was more drinkable, but I’m not sure that I care for the black base.
My second cup was 208 for 3 mins. I didn’t notice the astringency as much and was able to taste the coconut and a bit of cream. I find myself wishing for more cream and a hint of pie crust, but overall this wasn’t bad, I’m just not sure that I care for the black base of this tea.
Overall, I think I prefer this one at room temperature or cold. I have a little bit left and am considering making a latte out of it so I’ll post again if I do.