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Friday, December 3, 2010

Review: The Boston Tea Company’s Coconut Joy Tea

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The Subject:  Coconut Joy
Company:The Boston Tea Company [More info]

Flavored Tea Rating:

Water temperature:  212° F
Steeping time:4-6 mins. (we did 5 mins.)
Tea type:Black
Scents, flavorings added:  Coconut flavoring and shred pieces
Aroma, dry tea leaves:Strong coconut (no surprise there)

1st Infusion:  
Aroma, plain —  Sweetish coconutty
Taste, plain —Sweetish coconutty with tea flavor still coming thru
Color, plain —Dark reddish-brown
2nd Infusion:
Aroma, plain —Coconutty
Taste, plain —Coconutty, milder, still getting tea flavor, balanced
Color, plain —Lighter, orangey

Blending teas is a real balancing act, one that many blenders do not achieve. So far, though, every blended tea that hubby and I have tried from this company has been a star performance. This is one of those tea blends that does not ruin the tea taste by adding in other “stuff.” The best blenders work with the tea’s natural flavors to create a symphony on your tongue.

The dry tea was comprised of broken leaf pieces (Ceylon black tea), flavoring, and dried coconut shreds. The tea leaf pieces expanded nicely and the coconut pieces got larger during steeping.

The company does a great job of supplying you with proper steeping recommendations. Remember that you can alter your steeping method based on your personal taste and experience with similar teas. We like to follow the company’s directions at least for the first round.

This isn’t really a tea that takes milk. It’s okay that way but not quite the rich flavor you would get from a straight black tea.

Steep a potful, get out some of your favorite cookies, and find a quiet corner for a coconut tea moment. Your teapot will thank you.

NOTE: This pouch is what the Boston Tea Company uses for samples. Their normal pouches are opaque, not clear, and block out light, very important for preserving your fine teas.

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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