I’ve been doing a smashing job of putting off weekend housework by catnapping with the cat, and now I’m having an afternoon tea time. I’m still trying to work out the old coconut teas since I’m expecting many to end up in the trash; I got this one from a cupboard sale from Ost (thanks Ost!) and have no way to judge the age, but considering it’s a DT retired tea, I’m expecting it to be quite old. I figured it would be a sampler that would be going, but when I nibbled on a flake, it didn’t taste soured, so I figured I’d be brave and try brewing it. I made 3.3g of tea in a small teapot using 470ml water, western style.

Admittedly the aroma smells a little sunscreeny for my tastes, but maybe that is just the flavoring being used… the coconut is just coming off really strong and a little artificial to me? But from the first sip… I’m not getting the soured note I’m very sensitive to, so I think I’m out of the woods as far as off coconut flakes in the leaf, at least. And the flavoring doesn’t taste as bad as it’s coming off to me in the aroma… it is a bit artificial for my tastes, but the base tea has brewed up a nice golden color and is very pleasant. And I am getting a little bit of a berry note; looking at the ingredients it is apparently raspberry flavor, but I’m getting more of a cherry taste on my tongue. That might be adding to the artificial taste to me, because while I love raspberry, I find most raspberry flavorings used in tea end up with this odd slightly metallic taste to me. While the flavorings are reading a little overbearing/artificial, I will say they are complimenting each other well and coming off as sort of a coconut creme/berry dessert. It is a nice enough cup for an afternoon tea and I’m glad I got a chance to try, but ultimately I’m not sad is unvailable.

Flavors: Artificial, Cake, Cherry, Coconut, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 16 OZ / 470 ML
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This one would be around four years old minimum, if I’m remembering correctly.

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Roswell Strange

This one would be around four years old minimum, if I’m remembering correctly.

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, RuPaul’s Drag Race, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Bergamot (in moderation)

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Grapefruit (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

Currently Sipping Down: Tealyra’s Lady Grey, Tealyra’s Lychee Peach, Adagio’s white teas, Tealyra’s Chocolate Mint Rooibos, Tealyra’s Lavender Lemon Potion

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

New Teas Tried for 2020: 16
Sipdown Count for 2020: 19


My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AvGT1XwgJUTErt3zhjpHbXf6HNS3k_Ym85zoHJPmhX4/edit?usp=sharing . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D2J0sUMNItRsf0jBRBR6XDFUimm60f0o/view?usp=sharing . I am currently on a tea trading/ordering hiatus to get my collection under control! I cannot participate in any tea boxes, group orders, tea exchanges, or accept any tea gifts at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited gifting (USA only!)

Contact Info:

The Steepster PM system has been broken for some time. If you need to get ahold of me, check the website URL section below; it goes to a contact form that will reach my personal e-mail.


Idaho, United States



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