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. ;-)
Coconut Black Tea
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.