Vanilla Date Flavored Black Tea with Coconut

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This blend is a little too complex to be quaffed like a glass of iced sun-tea after an afternoon mowing the lawn; this blend is going to require your full attention as each sip unfolds on your tongue, revealing the ancient flavors of a middle eastern bazaar: sweet dates, coconut and just a touch of vanilla. Enjoy.

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6770 tasting notes

Thanks Jillian!!!! :)

Everyone has been mentioning in their posts if they like dates or not so I will follow suit…I like ‘em just fine and dandy. I also LOVE coconut. I don’t know why I haven’t given this tea much thought. Hum…

But…here goes…I’m excited!!!! The aroma is really yummy…naturally sugary-sweet and it intrigues me.

It infuses on the verge of a dark brown. It almost smells a little like maple sugar post infusion…but it’s very true to the DATE.

The Coconut Slivers give it a shiny or oily look on top but it’s not distracting. I ran into the same thing with the other coconut one from 52 Teas and I liked that one fine.

This is very sweet and candy like. The aroma is FANTASTIC. It’s trying to be tricky…this tea. It’s telling me to sip more and more before typing. Well, I am doing both…a nice compromise. This is a really great flavored tea. BUT…and it’s NOT a bad BUT, BUT…you have to like dates. Since the date flavor is more IN YO FACE than the coconut I would say – you would have to like dates to try this BUT (oh no! Another BUT!?) BUT…I would think you would have to like coconut too…I am picking up the coconut more in the after taste and as it cools. So…if you like dates and coconut and a sweet surprise sort of tea or if you are looking for something that is REALLY different…give this a whirl. I am glad I did!

Oh! Did I mention…This smells AWESOME!? :P

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Apparently I am one of the few that like this! LOLBUT I DO!!!! :) I am NOT afraid to say it! But like I said you have to really be into the ingredients…I guess. Both Dates and Coconut are two ingredients that most people either LOVE or HATE…good for me I like both. OH! And I forgot to mention the vanilla…as it cools you can smell and taste the Vanilla. It’s nice. A nice addition.


I think I may have to try this based on your review – I like all three of these flavors, too!


This is one that I have often considered when I shop at 52Teas (which is more often than I should!) but, never actually purchased because there were too many others that captured my interest. Perhaps next time I shall have to order this one.


or not! LOL just noticed that it’s not there anymore! ah… well!


Anne – I will send you a sample next time I send a package your way!


sounds great! Thanks!


Oh WOW there is a vanilla date tea out there with coconut?! I love eating dates rolled in coconut…nom nom nom!!!!


Jessica: well, not anymore… it’s sold out!

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1879 tasting notes

So this is the end of the sample that Angrboda gave me and I won’t have it perfuming the inside of my dish cupboard anymore, which I have to say is a bit of a relief.

I wouldn’t buy this tea again I don’t think – it’s too perfumy and has a bit too much going on and it never really engaged me like other teas (including other 52Teas) have. I’m still glad I got the chance to try this blend and I give a big thank you to the Angry Dane for taking the time to mail it to me.

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355 tasting notes

Again, craving this one when I put together my little teabags for this morning. Not too sweet or bitter.

But! More exciting! I just made my first Den’s Tea order! As I’ve said, I’m reallyyyy trying to get myself to like green teas more, so I figured I’d start with Japanese greens first. I got:
2 oz of Pineapple Sencha
2 oz of Genmaicha Extra Green
Matcha Kaze
and the green tea sampler set, since I really wanted to try their Sencha Fuka-midori

So hopefully there’ll be some delicious new tasting notes soon.


It seems to be 52 teas coconut day!:) Den’s sampler is amazing! I can’t wait to hear how the pineapple sencha is.


Yay for the Den’s order! Too bad there isn’t a really like button.

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1328 tasting notes

I don’t know why I bought this. I don’t even like dates! O.o pokes tin
Processed dates, I can eat. Dates by themselves, no thank you. So why oh why is the first tea I see when first visiting a date flavoured one that makes me all yearning to try it? No, I don’t get it either.

The dry leaves have big pieces of coconut in them and they smell like… like… like… I don’t know actually. They have a VERY strong smell that’s making me sniff-taste the tin, and finally coming to the conclusion that the aroma that I’m picking up is coming from the label which I’ve cut off the pouch to label the tin with. The aroma is sticking to it so much that I can smell it as if it was right under my nose even though it’s lying an arm’s length away from me.
It smells sort of like perfume. Not artificial, just something that you could imagine being a note in a perfume. It’s got a sort of spicy-ish but not quite smell. It’s a sort of smell that’s easily recognisable, but I can’t really tell you what it smells like. Maybe this is just how dates smell? How should I know?

The brew is a dark amber colour and the aroma is the same as the leaves but a bit sweeter and has a note of raisins. That’s not surprising because dates have always sort of reminded me of giant raisins, only not as wrinkly.

Okay, the date flavoured tea for the person who doesn’t like dates. (WHAT was I THINKING???) Here goes!

It’s like… It tastes EXACTLY like it smells. It’s like liquid aroma with a dusty sort of note and weird aftertaste. I can’t really find the vanilla but I can definitely find a strong note of coconut. It sort of reminds me a bit of the honeysuckle flowers that I’ve got lying around that I’ve learned to be very careful with. I can drink it but… Another time I probably shouldn’t fall for a tea flavoured with something that I already KNOW I don’t like.

Srsly, what WAS I thinking? I hate to admit it, but this just didn’t work for me.

IF you like dates though, I feel pretty confident that you would like this a lot.


You know that was one of the ones I was eyeing as I LOVE dates, but in the end I decided to keep the cost down and limited myself.

Do you want to see about trading? I’ve willing to part with either something from my 52Teas order (when it gets here – it’s sloooow) or from my Cupboard?


Well, I think it’s good to be adventurous, even if you’re pretty sure it won’t work out in the end. Date-flavored tea sounds strange, but I love dates…I can eat them like candy (which is more or less the function they serve for me anyway…so sweet…omnomnom). I’m sorry it wasn’t a good match for you, but now I’m curious for myself! Maybe sometime.


Jillian, I’d love to trade. I don’t have the original pouch anymore, because I’ve tinned it and I cut the label out for the tin, but it shouldn’t be a problem to figure out something else. I’ll have a look through your cupboard and send you an email with my address and the stuff I’d like to try. Then you can decide whether you’re willing to part with a sample of it. ;)

Sophistre, if you want in on the trade with Jillian, just let me know. :) I can send half to you and half to her, which should be about 25g each. You can email me your address at [email protected] if you want half. :)


Oh, and I forgot to say, if there’s anything else I’ve got that you’d like a sample off while we’re at it anyway, just let me know. Some of it I don’t have very much of, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. :)


I would love in on a trade, but I’m such a tea-newbie I am not quite sure that I have anything in my house that you a) haven’t had or b) would find worthwhile, haha. I did get that slew of Adagio samplers, though, so if you particularly like one of those I guess I have those to offer. I’m waiting for a Tea Guys order too…bunch of samples of herbals and whatnot.


Hate to butt in, but I’ve been wanting to try this tea, as well – any way you have anything left for a sample? We can definitely talk trade!


Ack! Sorry Ang! The holidays are obviously a really bad time for my internet presence being a reliable thing. Go ahead and send it to Bethany, that’s fine. :D I have so many teas to try right now as it is that if she wants it that’s swell by me. I appreciate the offer anyway, we’ll do a trade sometime. :)


Awesome, thanks for letting me know. :)


When the prosciutto-wrapped-date craze arrived in DC I thought I was in heaven. The combination of the salty ham with the earthy sweetness of the dates was elation on a toothpick. That said, I’m not sure that I’d like a date-flavored tea, either. I do find it hilarious that you ordered this even though you don’t like dates, though. Not to laugh at your misfortune, but…it’s kinda funny.

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224 tasting notes

Unlike other people who have tried this tea, I love dates. I eat a date just before nearly every workout. My special fancy party food includes dates stuffed with marzipan (which is a challenge to get stuffed and on the table for guests without having them disappear in the meanwhile.) So I expected to like this tea.

There is a slightly odd perfume-like fragrance from this tea. It doesn’t smell like dates. It doesn’t really taste like dates to me either. It has a strong bitterness with that odd perfume-like note. Hmmmm. I don’t really care for it.

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Here’s another good party food. Take dates, stuff with a whole almond, then roll in a cookie spice blend of spices on the outside. Very nummy.


Mmmm! That sounds wonderful. It’s now on my list. All I need is a party.

Madison Bartholemew

did it remind you a little of raisins?


“Unlike other people who have tried this tea, I love dates.” …that would be me. I don’t know what I was thinking. I think it’s one of the things that I don’t like but would really like to like.


@Madison Somewhat like raisins in the aftertaste. It has some of that darkness that raisins have but none of the sweetness.


@Angrboda You are definitely one of the people I was thinking of. However Bethany had also never had dates without bacon (an idea that pretzels my mind). As to what you were thinking, I suspect it is merely that hope springs eternal.


Heh, yeah Bethany got half of mine. Jillian got the other half. I have to agree though that I wouldn’t have thought dates and bacon would have been a very obvious combination, but on the other hand I seem to recall having heard it mentioned before.

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@Carolyn. Hmmm. Bacon date tea. Hmmmm. :)


Dates stuffed with almonds and then wrapped in bacon is a pretty popular tapas item. And it tastes delicious.

Madison Bartholemew

that’s exactly what I got when I had it without sugar! I was totally curious to see if you agreed. I know you wont…. but it’s MUCH better with sugar


@Angrboda: I haven’t received the tea you sent yet, but Canada Post seems heavily backlogging with incomming mail only for some reason. It’s unfortunate since I am quite eager to try this tea out.


Jillian, Poot! I sent it the same time as Bethany’s and hers arrived safely. I hope it’s not lost because I sent it as a normal letter. Cheaper, but unfortuantely no tracking. I understand there was a lot of delay due to snowstorms and such, so hopefully it’s still out there somewhere and on its way.

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4846 tasting notes

A huge THANK YOU to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a sampling of this tea – I’ve been wanting to try it… unfortunately I waited too long to order it and it sold out!

The aroma of the brewed tea is yummy. I can smell each of the ingredients. It’s rather a unique smell for a tea, because I don’t think I’ve ever tasted (or smelled) a date flavored tea.

The flavors are also all represented well in the sip. Very sweet. The black tea base is strong and slightly astringent, which I think that this tea needs because the ingredients are so sweet, that the astringency seems to cut through some of the sweetness just enough to make it not too sweet. (at least, not too sweet for this sweet tooth)

I really like the combination of flavors. Pleasantly fruity, sweet, and creamy. I’m really glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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Oooh do they still sale this?! I love eating dates rolled in coconut….this sounds yummy! (Note to self – check their site asap to see if re-stocked by chance)! LOL

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828 tasting notes

It’s a busy day back at work, this is the first cup of tea I’ve had for the entire day! I knew I wanted something black, and had taken most of them home from the office, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this one. Lovely cuppa (though, I see I’m in the minority according to the other tasting notes.:))


Deleted because I caught a typo and now I forgot what I wrote … my mom makes dates stuffed with pecans and rolled in powdered sugar for Christmas … I’m the only one in my family that likes them, but since I do, this sounds just lovely!

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243 tasting notes

The scent of the leaves was intriguing, you smelled some date, along with vanilla and coconut. The leaves were also blended with pieces of coconut, which I thought was a nice touch. The aroma of the brewed tea was nice. It was sweet and complex, you were smelling multiple things and they all smelled good together.

The taste of tea (brewed hot with sugar) displayed the complexity and intrigue of the smells going on. There was a date flavor that was very well blended with vanilla and black tea. However, I could not taste the coconut, it appeared slightly at the end as an aftertaste of the tea, but it was not as prominent as it was in smelling.

Overall, I enjoyed the tea, but few that I could not drink it more than a few more times.

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