Review: American Tea Room So Coconut

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Thumbs up!"This tea does deliver genuine coconut taste that marries well with the Chinese black tea base. The tea has a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel that enhances the tea-drinking experience. "
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I recently purchased a couple of coconut-themed teas from American Tea Room, and the good folks at ATR threw in some samples of teas that were along the same lines of the teas that I ordered. One of these samples was So Coconut, an organic blend of Chinese black tea and coconut. Coconut has long been one of my favorite flavorings added to tea, so needless to say I was happy to receive this sample. My go-to coconut tea for the past 2+ years has been Coconut Assam from Zhi Tea, and I wonder if anything will ever be able to knock it off the pedestal I currently put it on. From the looks of ATR's So Coconut, it appears that this tea has potential to be tough competition with my current favorite coconut tea. The coconut in So Coconut is so abundant that I would estimate that nearly half of the blend's volume is coconut. The aroma of the tea is undoubtedly rich coconut-y goodness, so rich that I can almost sense how creamy this cup will be. I could sit and inhale this aroma for several minutes...in fact, I think I just did.
I brewed the tea in near-boiling water for four minutes. The resulting tea is a creamy treat that stays true to the coconut notes found in the tea's aroma. I did notice that the coconut flavor was a bit weaker than the coconut aroma, which did make me a little bummed. But to be clear, that last statement is a relative comparison. The coconut flavor of the tea is in no way weak, it is just not as strong as the aroma of the tea (which is pretty intense, in a most positive way). This tea does deliver genuine coconut taste that marries well with the Chinese black tea base. The coconut is readily identifiable, yet is not "in-your-face" strong. The tea has a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel that enhances the tea-drinking experience.
I enjoyed two cups of this tea and never even considered adding sugar or even milk to this tea (although I do suppose it would take either just fine), as the flavor was sweet and sturdy for the tea to hold its own. This is perhaps not as rich and boldly flavored as my aforementioned other beloved coconut tea, but this is a solid blend nonetheless, and one I will consider putting in my shopping cart during my next visit to ATR's online shop.

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