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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Teas Etc Loose Leaf White Tea 'Coconut White'

Tea Information:
Tea: Coconut White
Type: White Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Ingredients: white tea, coconut shred, flavor, natural essential oil

Steep Information:
Amount: 2.9g
Water: 500ml 185°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: strong, sweet, young coconut and something else...fruity
Steeped Tea Smell: faint, sweet young coconut
Flavor: sweet vegetal tea, hints of fresh coconut meat
Body: Light
Aftertaste: sweet coconut
Liquor: translucent yellow-green

I seem to have my hands on a tea that is not yet for sale. And to those of you who enjoy flavored tea, and coconut, let me take the opportunity to say, envy me ;)

This white tea is the strong smell of a sweet young coconut, like you'd eat fresh, not the shredded stuff you'd put in candies.

In the sip the coconut flavor plays a definite second fiddle / second half of sip to the smooth white tea. The vegetal flavor is delicate and enjoyable (as opposed to vegetal green or bitter over brewed).

This is one of the teas with a silky, buttery mouthfeel. I adore those.

Being a coconut fan I would not mind if the flavor was a touch stronger, but that would risk overpowering the tea, which is smooth and refreshing.

I do think this might be nice iced.

Post-Steep Additives: pinch of German rock sugar
As with most flavored teas this bumps the flavor up so you get a coconut meat kind of taste at the start of the sip, and more of the tea in the middle. The end is still a light sweet coconut flavor.

Resteep: 330
just as good as #1, a slight stronger, 3:00might have done

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

I received this product for free in return for writing a review.
All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.
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