Happy National Coconut Torte Day! Finally getting around to drinking my coconut tea! This is the oldest coconut tea in my stash (from 2018) so crossing fingers and toes that it is still okay! (At least the package was still sealed…)

The dry leaf has a lovely lemon aroma, but since the citrus is so strong, I can’t really tell from the sniff-test the state of the coconut. Guess I’ll have to steep and see!

Brewed 5g to 450ml 205F water, teabag left in grandpa-style. Getting a satisfying lemon cream sort of aroma from the steeping tea. On a tentative first sip… well, the coconut doesn’t taste particularly fresh, I am getting a little of the acrid coconut taste, but it is fairly tolerable, since mostly I’m tasting lemon, and it’s a very nice lemon, bright and citrusy and not that artificial-furniture-polish flavor that lemon can so easily veer in tea. There is a light tanginess but mostly the tea is sweetened up by the coconut, which is a more subtle note to the lemon, but easily noticable. I really like the flavor combination of the lemon with the coconut as well. The base is a combination of green and red rooibos, and I think I’d like this a little more if it was entirely on a green rooibos base, but it is pleasant, very sweet, maybe a hint of nuttiness and herbaceous citrus.

I’m liking this! I’d probably like it even more if I could finally get to the point where I am drinking my teas while they are in their prime, but I’ll enjoy my few cups of this as I work on sipping it down before the coconut gets any older.

Flavors: Citrus, Coconut, Herbaceous, Lemon, Lemongrass, Nutty, Sweet, Tangy

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 5 g 15 OZ / 450 ML

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.


My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/njr765pw . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://tinyurl.com/xjt9ptx3 . I am currently strictly limiting tea trading/ordering to get my collection under control! My participation in any tea boxes, tea exchanges, or group orders, and acceptance of any tea gifts is very limited at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited outbound gifting (USA only!)

Contact Info:

Feel free to send me a Steepster PM, or alternatively, check the website URL section below; it goes to a contact form that will reach my personal e-mail.


Idaho, United States



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