|"Naturally sweet, with a smooth coconut flavor... though there is a somewhat artificial aftertaste."|
After brewing my very first cup (using my standard protocol of 1 teaspoon of tea steeped in eight ounces of water for five minutes), I realized I would be hooked on this flavor. Once brewed, the tea has a very delicate, smooth aroma. This tea is naturally sweet, yet I found that adding just a little bit of sugar and milk made for the perfect cup. The flavor is well-balanced, although sometimes can be slightly subtle. The strength of the coconut flavor depends largely, I believe, on how many pieces of coconut are in the spoonful of tea being brewed. The tea does have a somewhat artificial aftertaste, but it was not substantial enough to hamper my enjoyment of the tea. This tea has become a staple at my house, and I find it to be suitable as both a morning pick-me-up or an after-work treat.
This tea would be a great way to introduce a novice tea drinker to the wonderful world of teas out there, but I think it can also easily be enjoyed by seasoned tea-drinkers.
A true tea buff may scorn this tea, as this flavored tea is not about not the quality of the tea base itself. The Ceylon tea base seems to be rather weak, but seeing as the focus of this tea is the coconut flavor, the mildly fruity Ceylon plays a good supporting role. One can assume (and probably rightly so) that the tea leaves themselves are not top-grade. I would still argue, however, that the tea itself is better than all or most of the unflavored black teas that are available (usually as dust-filled teabags) at the supermarket.
While this tea does not display the qualities of many high-grade teas that are intended to be consumed unflavored, this tea still has many appealing attributes that ranked highly with me. The balanced mix of black tea and coconut results in an unexpectedly enjoyable tea with a sweet, smooth flavor. The price of the tea is also worth mentioning: at an estimated eight to twelve cents per cup (depending on which size you buy), this tea offers great taste at a very reasonable price.
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