drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
333 tasting notes

I’m actually really surprised that I haven’t reviewed this tea already. I got this as a sample with an adagio order just because I wanted the free shipping, and it seems that all of y favourite teas are acquired that way. In the bag, this tea smells very much like fresh coconut, not artificial in the slightest and reminds me of playing coconut shys at fairs when I was younger, and then getting my dad to smash open the coconut prizes. I would drink the coconut water from the middle, little hairs and all, and I almost expected this tea to taste like that water. It doesn’t, however, but that’s not a bad thing!

Brewed, the Ceylon comes up behind the coconut scent and somehow makes it all toasty smelling, so that it now reminds me of coconut macaroons, a sweet that I absolutely love. I really want macaroons now. Mmmmm

Plain – partly because I overbrew ALL the time, and partly because I find the Adagio black tea base to be pretty astringent, this tea plain is sadly just so, so bitter. I mean, I just can’t drink it at all. There is no coconut taste, and I’m really searching for it, but all I can taste is bitter black tea.

With sugar – ah, there’s the coconut! The bitterness is still there, but the coconut comes through and holds its own pretty well. The astringency is still too much for me, though, so milk is a must. You can definitely tell that the taste is fresh coconut, though.

With sugar and milk – I added just a dash of skimmed milk, and it was enough to completely take away the astringency. And oh, the difference it makes! Sweet, creamy and exactly like fresh coconut. The tea is really thick tasting, adding to the creaminess, and is really satisfying and almost filling. The warm fuzzies it gave me are still sitting in my stomach comfortably, making it a perfect warm-up drink for a cold day.

With milk and sugar, this is the perfect coconut tea for me, fresh and still creamy and sweet. I have had four cups of this just today, and this will probably be a re-order once my sample is gone.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years.

Black teas make up the majority of my collection, but I am expanding my horizons and trying to include a variety of other teas, too. Flavoured blacks are my favourites, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 22 year old English Literature sort-of-graduate and temporary bartender. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching (self-diagnosed geek and Netflix addict), football/soccer (I am a lifelong supporter of Sunderland AFC) and listening to classic rock.

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.

I also tend to ramble on a bit.


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