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drank Coconut Assam by Zhi Tea
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I don’t know why I ordered so many coconut teas from Zhi Tea. Clearly I was in a coconutty mood when I browsed their website, even though I don’t tend to love coconut-focused teas…

This one is decent. The coconut is quite strong, but also a bit creamy and almost buttery. It doesn’t taste terribly artificial either, reminding me a bit of canned coconut cream. The Assam base is present but I wouldn’t call it strong. It’s also a bit nondescript, lacking the nice malty and raisin notes of a flavorful Assam.

It’s a good tea, but not a great one. I’m sure someone who really loves coconut would like it more than I do, and it would probably be nice with milk and sugar as well.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Creamy, Metallic, Sweet, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I tend to do that too. Gee, it would be nice to have a strawberry tea. Why just one when I could have seventy-five? Same goes for any tea I find myself having a hankering for. In a weak moment.

Cameron B.

It’s just so weird because I don’t even really like coconut teas! Clearly a moment of insanity…

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, these moments present themselves.

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Evol Ving Ness

I tend to do that too. Gee, it would be nice to have a strawberry tea. Why just one when I could have seventy-five? Same goes for any tea I find myself having a hankering for. In a weak moment.

Cameron B.

It’s just so weird because I don’t even really like coconut teas! Clearly a moment of insanity…

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, these moments present themselves.

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Old Barrel Tea Co
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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