Hello, Steepster. It’s freezing cold and coffee and I are fighting again. The few teas I sipped between now and the last time I wrote were extremely few and far between and careless to boot – therefore not logged. But lately I’ve been turning to tea more than my coffee, so why not kick off my return with a first-time purchase through Steepster select!
First off, I’m not the biggest fan of coconut cream pie. It’s not my favorite. It’s probably not even in my top five. But I do love my black teas and I don’t mind coconut every now and again. Besides, I didn’t buy the tea for myself anyway. Lets give this a go.
Out of the pouch, the tea definitely smells of coconut. But just after the coconut hits me, so does something strongly reminiscent of Andes mints. Hmm. Chocolate and mint in my coconut cream pie tea? Then again, teas always smell different to me dry than they do steeped.
The directions say 1tsp for every 8oz of water. Since I hate winding up with watery tea, and since I have a [sub-par] pot that holds about 18fl oz without spilling over, I used 3 rounded teaspoons for all 18oz.
Nice! I definitely am getting the coconut – and I can still taste the tea, too! As it cools down, the black tea is much easier to find in each sip, but by no means overwhelms the coconut flavoring. If I concentrate on finding it, there’s definitely a dairy note in there, too – sort of a pseudo milkiness. Interesting. I wonder how they do that – perhaps its just a touch of vanilla? (Or maybe it’s just the power of suggestion tricking my brain…) Anyway, I can’t say with complete certainty that this is specifically a “Coconut Cream Pie” black tea, but the coconut is working for me, and perhaps when I get around to making a few of those lattes I’ll see what everyone is talking about. In the meantime, it was quite an enjoyable re-entry to the tea world and it feels good to be back!