drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
1280 tasting notes

As best I can tell this is the same tea I have, though the picture and name are different. Mine is called Coconut Cream Pie Flavored Black Tea and it has a picture of a wedge of coconut cream pie pointing toward the left-hand side of the packet. This is another in my antique 52 Teas collection that was in a sealed packet.

Pretty amazing coconut smell coming from the packet. There’s something else, too, which don’t think I would have thought to describe as mint if I hadn’t read that Jason made that connection. There’s a good, sweet coconut of the toasty variety coming out in the aroma of the steeped tea as well (no mint).

I’m expecting good coconut here. The question will be whether the pie makes it in there…

Swing and a miss. I don’t get pie from this, though I know that 52 Teas are fully capable of producing a pastry-like flavor.

So now I’m in a weird rating conundrum. I like this much better than the Buttered Cinnamon Raisin Toast and the Maple Bacon of yesterday, but I think those flavors live up to their names better. So I’m rating them higher though I prefer this tea and will much prefer drinking it to those. I can already tell the chances I’ll get sick of this are nil, and the chances this will do a number on my stomach on certain days are equally nil. I can’t say that about the other two.

I feel like I need a different sort of rating system, like for Olympic figure skating, where they judge both on the technical score and the artistic interpretation. Mine for a tea like this would be 85 for tea enjoyment and 72 for how well the flavor matches the name.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became less appealing to me — but I still enjoy nicely done blends where the base doesn’t taste like hamster cage chips. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation. These days, I’ve been drinking primarily green tea during weekdays after my first cup of coffee. On weekends, I’ve been drinking only tea.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)


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