|"Chocolate notes fold right into the coconut and complete the flavor profile most decadently while the pu-erh's robust quality makes it equal to the task of supporting such a rich flavor combination."|
This pu-erh offering from Art of Tea comes with a scent quite tantalizing and nearly overwhelming - incredibly decadent and desserty, creamy even in the nose with coconut. You can pick up a richly mocha-esque chocolate scent that seems very vanilla like as well. I may as well say that the scent brings to mind coffee, sort of, and ice cream, definitely, so that you'll get an idea of how rich and fragrant this particular tea blend is. The tea is pretty, with big chocolate charcoal colored pu-erh leaf liberally interspersed with half inch long threads of coconut and nice big chunks of cacao nib.
I steeped a rounded tablespoon of the tea in a 24 ounce pot of freshly boiled water and steeped for 5 minutes, adding several drops of stevia to the pot since I tend to like dessert teas sweet. I found that this tea, lightly sweetened, comes out super creamy and full of coconut flavor. There's a real creaminess that comes across with the coconut that gives the tea an almost palpably "fatty" feeling to it in the mouth. I felt as though I were eating something and that strong sense made this tea a really satisfying dessert in and of itself. There are hints of dark chocolate in the aftertaste and a bit of cinnamon comes through as well. The coconut is strong and forward and wonderfully decadent without tasting strangely chemical or reminiscent of tanning lotions. The chocolate and vanilla notes (there's no vanilla in the blend but the flavor seems to be there nonetheless) fold right into the coconut and complete the flavor profile without having to stand out all by themselves. The pu-erh's robust and full qualities make it equal to the task backing up the combination of coconut and chocolate. I found that while the scent of the dry leaf was almost too intense for me, the brewed tea is delicious and decadent in a fun way that makes me think pretty seriously that I'll be adding some of this tea to my dessert tea favorites list for purchase this fall. Well done!!
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