This reminds me exactly of coconut bread! It has a nice fresh coconut taste and the tea base must give it the breadiness. With a bit of cream – very nice! Yum.
Thank you Courtney, for sharing this with me!!
“This reminds me exactly of coconut bread! It has a nice fresh coconut taste and the tea base must give it the breadiness. With a bit of cream – very nice! Yum. Thank you...” Read full tasting note
“One thing I find that Simpson & Vail is really good at is creating teas with one extra flavoring ingredient and making them delicious (one fine example: their hazelnut tea). This is shown in...” Read full tasting note
“This is a coconut black tea. No hidden agenda. Coconut and black tea – and you can actually taste the coconut! None of this, coconut black tea with coconut flakes but no coconut taste....” Read full tasting note
“Normally I like S&V’s flavored teas because they’re on the whole pretty good. Since I love coconut, I figured I’d try their coconut tea. Should be good, right? Well…not...” Read full tasting note
As children my brother Jim and I never liked the taste of coconuts. He and I always dreaded celebrating the birthdays of our brothers, Tim and Pete, because their cake of choice was always coconut cream pie, which meant we never had any of their birthday cake. Sometimes I wondered if they just chose that dessert because they knew Jim and I wouldn’t eat them. As a young adult I tried fresh coconut on a trip to St John USVI. That opened my eyes to the exotic taste that is coconut and I gained a new appreciation for all things coconut.
Whenever we make this blend in our store for people to try, their faces light up in delight and they always end up leaving with a small bag of this tea. It seems the world has more coconut lovers than just Tim and Pete. If you’re one too, I’m sure you’ll savor this exotic island taste.
Ingredients: black teas, coconut flavor and coconut pieces.
Brew tea at 212º – steep for 3 minutes.
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One thing I find that Simpson & Vail is really good at is creating teas with one extra flavoring ingredient and making them delicious (one fine example: their hazelnut tea). This is shown in this coconut blend. When I look at the dry leaf, the coconut is a fresh bright white, and when I drink the tea, I can taste that fresh coconut! It’s delicious. I drink it sweetened with no milk, but I bet it would taste really decadent with some coconut milk in it. This tea is highly fragrant and I recommend that if you purchase it you get it out of the paper bag and into a tin right away before it makes all your other teas smell like coconut. Just a word from the wise. ;-)
Normally I like S&V’s flavored teas because they’re on the whole pretty good. Since I love coconut, I figured I’d try their coconut tea. Should be good, right? Well…not as good as I thought.
My problem with it is that whatever base tea they used is too strong for the coconut. I don’t even smell coconut in the dry mix or the brewed tea so much as I do a funky, musty cardboard-like scent. Normally I don’t mind tasting the tea along with the added flavor, but not this time. It’s a bit jarring when you get a pleasant, if light, coconut taste…and then cardboard funk. I had to play around with it for a bit to work around that unpleasant base.
My advice to you is don’t let it get cold, don’t steep it past 4 minutes, and for the love of all things good don’t try to ice it. As long as it’s warm and not oversteeped you’ll enjoy it. Let it cool or steep it too long though, and you’ll think you’ve brewed the box it was shipped in along with the tea.