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Welp, I have to revise my opinion of this tea. Apparently I didn’t use enough leaf last time, so the flavor just wasn’t quite there. Add that to the fact that the sample I have now is probably a different batch than the stuff I tried before, and it’s no wonder this last steep was much better. I got plenty of coconut flavor, along with a little tangy-ness that must have been some cheesecake trying to come through (although it still wasn’t strong enough for my liking). I think I have enough in the sample for one more cup, so I’ll try adding some almond milk to that one to see if it helps the cheesecake flavor. Much improved!

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There was a time when this tea was one of my all-time favorites. Very coconut-y, very cheesecake. The honeybush there, but not overwhelming. It was my perfect decaf coconut tea. Oh, and the aroma was divine – you could smell coconut from across the room.

Sadly, when I re-ordered it, the second pouch was 95% honeybush, barely any coconut and no cheesecake, just as you described. I think maybe there was a batch of this that came out really bad. My pouch is sitting in the drawer, mostly unused. And I don’t dare order yet another…

Too bad you didn’t get to try the first batch, it was outstanding.

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ssajami

There was a time when this tea was one of my all-time favorites. Very coconut-y, very cheesecake. The honeybush there, but not overwhelming. It was my perfect decaf coconut tea. Oh, and the aroma was divine – you could smell coconut from across the room.

Sadly, when I re-ordered it, the second pouch was 95% honeybush, barely any coconut and no cheesecake, just as you described. I think maybe there was a batch of this that came out really bad. My pouch is sitting in the drawer, mostly unused. And I don’t dare order yet another…

Too bad you didn’t get to try the first batch, it was outstanding.

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite (I get on tea kicks, which are various lengths of time in which I’ll drink one or two teas religiously, and then I’ll switch), but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3

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