drank Naked Grass Skirt by Tea Xotics
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I got a small packet of this stuffed with matcha and powdered coconut milk from Sipsby probably about a year ago. I finally decided to brew it up and was shocked to learn this stuffed package was actually a single serving. I thought I must be confused so I checked their site and they recommend 5 tsps of the mix for a serving so I guess not. I was unsettled though so instead of following the directions and using an 8 oz glass, I used a 12 oz glass to make myself feel better.

This brewed up looks very milky, which is promising. It also smells very coconutty, which is also promising. While I have had coconut milk before, my exposure to coconut has predominantly been to the sweetened shredded coconut used in baking so I was taken aback when this was not as sweet as I had anticipated. It definitely has coconut flavor, natural coconut flavor, and it is creamy/has a thick mouth feel like coconut milk but the matcha adds grassiness and keeps it from being overtly sweet. For those that like matcha or matcha lattes, that could be a good thing. But I am not a huge matcha fan (unless it is flavored) so for me I would want more coconut and less matcha. Not bad though.

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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.

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