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After drinking about six mugs yesterday I opted to leave this cup by my bedside overnight. The results are delightful but that’s not too surprising; the combo of silky coconut on black tea does exceptionally well as a chilled or iced beverage.

This one reminds me a lot of Frank’s old acclaimed Coconut Black blend, but this one has more dimensions. The starchy-sweet banana works in perfect conjecture with the vanilla, in a supporting role that give the coconut extra rich texture and depth. This Coconut reminds me of the promised Coconut that originally started me on my loose leaf pilgrimage (utterances of rumours in first year dorms of a fabled Coconut Banana Cream Pie tea available somewhere downtown). This tea is getting me nostalgic.

Anyways, I’m a fan and would pick this up again in a heartbeat for iced tea season.

Flavors: banana, Coconut, Malt, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Six mugs in one day! You go, girl!

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Evol Ving Ness

Six mugs in one day! You go, girl!

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS/NOTES:

DESSERT FLAVOURS
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

FRUIT & BERRIES
Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Banana, Melon, Pineapple, Persimmon, Rhubarb, Passionfruit..

CITRUS
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)

SPICES
Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc. ALL the flowers!

VEGGIE/GRAIN NOTES
Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
Stevia, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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BC, Canada

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