OMG MY FIRST TRAVELING TEA BOX IS FINALLY HERE YAAAAAAAY!
Ahem, sorry, had to get that out. There is SO MUCH TEA in this thing, it’s unreal. I almost couldn’t decide where to start… but then I saw this tea, which TeaSipper was so wonderful to include because she saw it was on my shopping list! _ I might be a complete and total noob for never having tried this tea before (as I understand, it’s been around a while), but I just haven’t gotten to it before now, and that’s all there is to it. :P
Anyway, I steeped this the usual way, one mug’s worth in my Teamaker from Teavana. I’m not certain I steeped it long enough, as it came out a little weak on the black tea flavor. I don’t exactly know how long it was steeping, as I set it to steep and then walked away to feed my cat. I came right back! It couldn’t have been much longer than a minute. Anyway, it wasn’t quite as dark as I thought it ought to be, so I stood there about 30 seconds more… and it didn’t change. So I, being impatient, stopped the steeping, sweetened it, and then paced like a tiger in a cage, waiting for it to cool enough to be tasted.
Like I said, the black tea flavor was a little weak (and the mouthfeel being a little too watery also seemed to indicate that I had understeeped it), but MAN, was that coconut packing a punch! The vanilla, too, was right there at the front of the sip, both in aroma and in flavor. WHAM! Right in the kisser! I could tell by the way the tea looked that it was going to have plenty of coconut flavor, as there were HUGE chunks of it all throughout, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the Camilla’s strong presence, as I find a lot of teas that say they have vanilla flavoring don’t actually have enough for it tone detected. I definitely am getting “pie” from this. I can almost taste that sweet meringue topping, and the graham cracker crust that’s been softened a little bit by the custard…
So. Yummy. :3