So long SoHo! (139/212)
I think I may have fallen out of love with this one. It’s the coconut that does it – I don’t think I care for it and even the smell of it puts me off a little. It’s a shame.
“So long SoHo! (139/212) I think I may have fallen out of love with this one. It's the coconut that does it - I don't think I care for it and even the smell of it puts me off a little. It's a...” Read full tasting note
“I haven't had this in ages. My friend liked it and I gave it to her for her birthday last year. She hasn't touched it, though, because she got distracted drinking other teas and her first cup of...” Read full tasting note
“Can't get over how delicious this tea is! Shared it with the roommate tonight, and she was in love as well. I made it a touch weak in order to reserve one more cup's worth for another day, but it...” Read full tasting note
“I'm happy to announce that I am part of the Lush family again! I just got back from my first day at one of the locations here. Boy, have I ever missed working there. I love coming home smelling...” Read full tasting note
In honor of our new shop in Manhattan, we are introducing our SoHo Blend. Emeric Harney, the store manager, came up with this flavored black tea concoction. It has flavors of Chocolate and Coconut.
Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.
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I haven’t had this in ages. My friend liked it and I gave it to her for her birthday last year. She hasn’t touched it, though, because she got distracted drinking other teas and her first cup of this was a little disappointing, to as coconut-y as she remembered her sample being.
I wanted to try it because my daughters fiancé is coming soon and I had bought him the Bon Bon tea from Tin Roof Teas and he absolutely loved it. He wants something in sachets though, so I planned a side by side comparison of these today, only to discover that I put my whole bag of Bon Bon in the traveling tea box! Well, I can still drink this one and see what I think!
What I think is that he will like this, but he will prefer the taste of Bon Bon. It has big pieces of coconut in it, and that was the flavor he was really after.
As for my opinion, this is very good. It is very pretty to look at, my house still smells like chocolate, and my friend said it tasted better than she remembered, so maybe the bag just needed to age a little or get mixed a bit better.
Can’t get over how delicious this tea is! Shared it with the roommate tonight, and she was in love as well. I made it a touch weak in order to reserve one more cup’s worth for another day, but it was still pretty darn delicious! Bounty bar, all the way! Best coconut black I’ve tasted (whether that’s because of the chocolate, or because of great coconut flavouring, it’s difficult to know). And, a lack of gross scumminess! This is one of those few teas that actually could satisfy a craving for sweets, I think, kind of like Creme Caramel teas, because it is just so, so close in flavour to the real thing. Deeeelicious! Thanks again Alphakitty for the generous sample! Someday I’ll have to figure out how to work a H&S order…
I’m happy to announce that I am part of the Lush family again! I just got back from my first day at one of the locations here. Boy, have I ever missed working there. I love coming home smelling like it.
Total coconut fiend here. Let’s cut to the chase. This isn’t the best coconut tea I’ve had, but it’s pretty good. The base is great, but I was hoping for a little more chocolate, I think. Actually, this kind of reminds me of Tea Desire’s Praline de Champagne even though that has rose and strawberry on top of the chocolate (and perhaps coconut too, it’s been years).
It’s better hot, especially with soy milk. Naturally, the chocolate coconut comes through more strongly with the milk.
Cold-steeped? Meh. It kind of turns a little floral. I think the amaranth is speaking up this time. Don’t know what’s with that. 52teas Coconut Cream Pie still reigns supreme when it comes to iced coconut black tea.
Afternoon and post-workout tea……
This one is such a reward type tea. I had set in my mind that I was going to fix this after my workout and it was great motivation to get me going. Usually, that is the toughest part. Just getting started. And you don’t want to undo all the good you have done by treating yourself with something high in calories. I love chocolate and coconut. I like to think of this one as Mounds in a cup. Mind you, it is still very much tea, but the chocolate and coconut flavors in this one are a real treat. Plus, who doesn’t feel great when you can tell your core is getting stronger by the day? The road to a better life is built on one good choice after another, and I feel a tea like this is an easy good choice. Thank you, Emeric Harney for blending this one!
Usual teapot method.
I would still send out a few more samples if anyone is interested. The rest is for me!
I am starting to think that the gross cup I had of this tea might have been caused by my Timolino and not the water. At least I hope because I had a sip of this today (and then got distracted by packing and cleaning) and it was amazing! Like a delicious chocolate coconut treat :).
In other news, I am already at the gate and my flight doesn’t leave until 8. Thank god for wi-fi.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut
I have this at work now, where I have a better setup. I don’t have a kettle or the workspace at home. Weird I know. About a spoon of leaf @ 4m w/boiling water.
Not using the microwave really changes the flavor of this. Bolder. My natural inclination with a tea like this is to chug, but slowly sipping brings out the layers of flavor. First, I taste tea. Next, a hot chocolate rush, and then the coconut. In the aftertaste you get a good blending of all three flavors. This doesn’t make me think Mounds so much as one of the little red and white coffee tins my wife would buy.
I don’t buy flavored tea much any more, as the teas I can buy locally are generally way overdone. This and the Hot Cinnamon Spice are causing me to rethink flavored teas. Both are well balanced and enjoyable cups. Harney does it right.
This tea reminded me a lot of Florence. It must be Harney’s chocolate flavoring. The flowers are really pretty! I think those should be added to more teas! Not sure if they impart flavor, as I didn’t notice anything particularly floral. In my opinion, this needs more coconut. I think the chocolate overpowered the coconut. I got a little more coconut as it cooled and in the aftertaste, but not as much as I was expecting. To tell you the truth, I didn’t see coconut in the dry leaf, but maybe they just use flavoring? Fortunately, the sample I bought is big enough for multiple cups, so I’ll definitely be trying this one again.
Mmm! I’ve been reading tasting notes on this tea and they never fail to make my mouth water when I read them … chocolate and coconut. YUM YUM YUM! So, when I placed an order with Harney, this was one of the samples I included in that order. Had to try it!
And it is every bit as tasty as expected it to be. Sweet and chocolate-y with a delicious creamy coconut flavor. The black tea base a good, solid base, robust but not so strong that it overwhelms the chocolate and coconut… these flavors really stand out.
I like this one a lot!