Day 4 of Bird and Blend’s 2020 Advent Calendar – I’ve had rotten luck with a lot of coconut-centric teas in the past. Either something (likely the coconut) in them had gone off by the time I got to them, or it just smelled like it. And how it smelled, it tasted and I couldn’t get behind them. I went in to this tea with mixed expectations – everything should be fine, smelled fine… but experience warned me to be on guard!

I need not have worried – this was absolutely lovely, and honestly my first good experience with coconut in tea in ages! Whilst I imagined it being evocative of a (milk or dark) chocolate snowball, in the cup what I was reminded of a white Ferrero Rocher snowball – creamy, light, with a refreshing hit of coconut. I’ve never been the greatest fan of those little chocolate nuggets (though neither will I turn them down!), but this was even, I would say, an improvement on them! Whereas white chocolate can quickly get overpoweringly sweet, the creaminess in this tea was gentle and well-balanced. I’m finding so far with the B&B teas that they accomplish more with the flavour themselves (and less with subtler sweeteners) than I’m used to, and it’s really been interesting to find something can feel sweet without actually being so. Did I pick up on marshmallow or dark/milk chocolate? No – but what I got was delightful anyway, and a welcome end to the decade of coconut horror I’d grown accustomed to!

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, White Chocolate

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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