|"I enjoyed the taste of the tea, which was nice and smooth, not bitter at all, and I especially enjoyed that the flavor of the coconut didn't have a sticky residual flavor at the back of the throat and up into the base of the nasal passages."|
Zhi Tea gets high kudos from me for their pleasant website, nice packaging, and most importantly to me, their extensive use and promotion of organic, sustainable and/or fairly traded ingredients. Taste and smell wise, their teas are a delight to the senses. I've had great success with my sampling so far of their teas, and even the ones I haven't felt raving excitement about have been enjoyable and of high quality. And their willingness to include a free sample of one of their teas with your purchase from the company is a real treat! It's nice to be able to try something new free of charge, especially if you're considering trying something really interesting sounding, but hesitating as to whether to drop a small chunk of change on a blind trial.
Well, enough of that and on to the Coconut Assam itself. The dried tea is nice to look at, with tight black leaves with a number of nice long shreds of coconut interspersed. The wonderful, toasty smell of coconut is immediately engaging. I brewed this tea at around 200 degrees, giving it about 4 minutes to steep. The leaves turn chestnut in color and
unfurl when infused. The coconut smell is neither overpowering nor cloying, and doesn't have a weird artificial smell about it, which is a real plus in my book as coconut is one of those flavors that can quickly go right off the deep end into the sun tan lotion dimension.
I enjoyed the taste of the tea, which was nice and smooth, not bitter at all, and I especially enjoyed that the flavor of the coconut didn't have a sticky residual flavor at the back of the throat and up into the base of the nasal passages. The coconut scenting holds its own nicely but the best thing about this tea is how smooth and non bitter it is. Obviously,
someone trying this tea is going to be looking to try a good flavored tea. I thought the flavor was great, reminiscent of macaroons - more like a food than a body cream, thankfully. A connoisseur of teas on their own, as varietals without added flavors, probably won't be interested in a tea like this, but I like both spectrums, and really enjoyed the treat of the clean tasty flavor and was only sorry that it isn't decaffeinated, as it would be a great evening treat if only it was or if I had more tolerance of caffeine. I really recommend trying this one out if you're looking for a new flavored tea and have wondered about a coconut flavored tea.
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