Welp, I had to throw out a coconut tea today for going rancid, so I decided to go through my tea spreadsheet and check my oldest teas, and noticed a few of my oldest Art of Tea samplers (which are just over a year old) had coconut in them. One of them (Coconut Cacao Pu-erh) had indeed gone rancid. Le sigh. Never even got to try it! Ah well, my fault for being a tea hoarder, and I didn’t know about the coconut issue until recently. The other was this tea, and it actually didn’t have the “rancid smell” when I opened it, so I figured I should try it… and if it tasted okay, drink it up stat!

Despite being purchased at the same time as the other Art of Tea sampler, this one seems to have been spared… perhaps it was just a fresher sampler to begin with from their stock, or maybe it just includes less dry coconut in it? In any event, it smells very buttery, sweet, and coconuty, and doesn’t have that rancid “off” scent. So I’m willing to give this one a priority sipdown.

I find the taste a nice coconut flavor, with a creamy body that has a light buttery note and leaves a very sweet finish on the tongue. It’s really lovely! I’m honestly shocked this has such a nice flavor and has held up so well given the age, considering how many of my coconut teas have spoiled recently, including ones half as old. Call me impressed!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Creamy, Sweet

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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