88

Coldbrew! And a really successful one. The pepper and cardamom actually come in like poprocks of sweet spice in a creamy, custardy coconut body. I know people have mixed feelings about lemongrass, but I think it helps transition the coconut into the ginger so smoothly. It’s also extremely refreshing in the increasing summer heat.

I am one of those weirdos that prefers chais in the warmer months for some weird reason I’m curious to determine. Either way, my girlfriend sipped it-she went “OOOOooh.” and then I made her a cup after I made myself one. She asked “Is this one mine?” and I embarrassingly said no, and gave her a cup of Lishan Black. She preferred this one, so I made her another cup.

Personally an 88, but I’m rating it high because it’s a coconut combo that works really well for me. The chai is not particularly strong, and I don’t think I prefer it with milk/creamer yet, but I think it’s great on its own or with some quality rock sugar. Coconut milk might work better, though any cream can overpower the coconut/lemongrass flavors or dampen the spices. The spices lift up the milk into something warming and nuanced, but I like it on its own. The next time I’m ordering from Brutalitieas, I’m definitely getting at least an oz or more of this.

Flavors: Cardamom, Coconut, Cream, Custard, Ginger, Lemongrass, Peppercorn, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla

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Whispering Pines Alice
Grand Crew Teas
Wuyi Origins Jin Jun Mei Sampler
What-Cha Jin Jun Mei
Good Luxurious Work Teas
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Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

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I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

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