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I had high hopes for this, mostly due to tea sipper’s love of it. Alas, I also didn’t get to this for over about a year (this is from July 2019 and I just broke the seal this morning) and given the coconut, it’s already showing signs of age. When I steeped it up hot, the coconut smelled rather lotion-y, which to me indicates it is starting to go rancid. Thankfully that doesn’t translate to the taste though. Taste is mostly hibiscus for me with a touch of rooibos. It’s fine but not really my thing. Tea Sipper, if you want 50 more grams of this (less some tsps), let me know. Fair warning on the age though since it’s almost a year old.

Nattie

B&B’s coconut goes bad quicker than most, I’ve noticed.

Sil

…have less tea! drink tea faster! then you don’t have to worry about it ;)

VariaTEA

Lol why do you think I keep giving you tea? That’s part of my have less tea efforts lol

tea-sipper

At this point, I wish I had a tamer cupboard like you do, Sil. haha.
But I wish you had tried this sooner, VariaTEA! Especially if it was because of my love of it. It really does have more of a jelly/ice cream flavor if you drink it VERY soon after it is blended. And as you’ve found, the coconut/hibiscus really starts to take over. THANK YOU for your offer of more of this, but I do have enough stock of my own that should last me a while. Hopefully you can find someone else to pass it along to that might like it more?

VariaTEA

I decided to cold brew some so we shall see how that goes but otherwise I will toss it into my swap box.

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Nattie

B&B’s coconut goes bad quicker than most, I’ve noticed.

Sil

…have less tea! drink tea faster! then you don’t have to worry about it ;)

VariaTEA

Lol why do you think I keep giving you tea? That’s part of my have less tea efforts lol

tea-sipper

At this point, I wish I had a tamer cupboard like you do, Sil. haha.
But I wish you had tried this sooner, VariaTEA! Especially if it was because of my love of it. It really does have more of a jelly/ice cream flavor if you drink it VERY soon after it is blended. And as you’ve found, the coconut/hibiscus really starts to take over. THANK YOU for your offer of more of this, but I do have enough stock of my own that should last me a while. Hopefully you can find someone else to pass it along to that might like it more?

VariaTEA

I decided to cold brew some so we shall see how that goes but otherwise I will toss it into my swap box.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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