I cold brewed this for about 7 hours, and once it was finished I added a couple spoonfuls of agave to the pitcher.
Also, I picked out the little hearts before brewing because of the “real carmine”, which didn’t sound appetizing. They were kind of whimsical though, I would have liked them had they not had crushed beetles in them.
This definitely does smell like pina colada. It was a little jarring because its BRIGHT yellow when poured into a glass. It’s refreshing and coconutty. Maybe a little pineappley. There was something though, and I can’t put my finger on what, that I just didn’t like about it. Like, it’s not something I would ever crave and it’s not something I could just sit down and drink a big glass of. I finished what I had made, but was glad when I was finished with it.
This one seems like it might be a strange one to brew hot because its so fruity, so I didn’t try it that way. Maybe I should have.
For me the issue may have been the coconut. I haven’t met a coconut tea that I’ve liked, so I think coconut just isn’t for me. This came in my summer tea set though, and I wanted to give it a shot.
TL;DR version: Just okay. Not bad at all, but also not good.