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For the First TEA of Christmas, 52Teas sent to me . . .

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 Foggy Coconut!

Tea Description: And so the countdown begins! I'm so happy that this tea was a clear winner in our poll this past summer and as a result made it into our 12 Teas of Christmas box. It is one of my all-time favorites. As I state in the original description, it was inspired by one of the coffee shops that I visit from time to time - I order the London Fog there but request coconut milk instead of dairy milk - and one day while sipping it I found myself wanting a stronger coconut flavor to the cup. So I decided to make my own coconut London fog!

My favorite part about this tea is that you really don't need to add any milk to it - it has a strong creaminess to it on it's own with the notes of coconut and vanilla. It's smooth and sweet - with just enough zing in it from the bergamot. In my eyes, a perfect London Fog - especially true because I do prefer my teas without the milk (whether it be dairy or not.) 

My original description of this tea went like this:

My inspiration behind this blend is one of my favorite coffee shop drinks: a London Fog Latte! I order mine with coconut milk and half the usual amount of vanilla syrup (otherwise, it's just too sweet!) One day as I was sipping on this drink, I found myself contemplating the beverage. I love the way the hints of coconut play with the bergamot but I found myself wishing that the coconut notes were stronger. (I do love me some coconut!) I also found myself wishing that the tea notes were stronger - which I felt would be accomplished if it didn't have so much milk product in it - but then, the coconut notes would not be present. Then the idea hits me: why not make my own version of this drink with these improvements in mind!

And here we have it: I started with a base of Assam and Yunnan for a rich, bold, malty flavor. Something that could hold it's own even with the strong note of creamy coconut. Then I added bergamot - I didn't want to go too heavy on the bergamot because I didn't want the coconut and bergamot competing with each other. I wanted enough bergamot to be tasted but not so much that it would interfere with the coconut flavor. Then I added some vanilla bean. Again, not a heavy vanilla taste - just enough to lend creaminess to the coconut and soften the edge of the bergamot and strong teas.

Then I went coconuts! This is a strongly coconut flavored tea but there's enough bergamot there to give the cup the flavor that I was going for - this cuppa is my ideal London Fog! It's got lots of coconut flavor without the milk drowning out the flavor of the tea. No "latte" required here, there's enough creaminess to the flavor. Of course, if you want to go latte, that's OK - but I'd recommend trying it without first!

YUM! I love this!

Since it did win so many votes to be reblended, it should come as no big surprise that it was a very popular blend - so this is one that you should order as soon as it's available on December 26 so you don't miss out!

ingredients: black tea

organic ingredients: black teas, bergamot, coconut, vanilla bean, cornflower blossoms & natural flavors 

Yay! As I've already said in the description above, I'm so happy that this tea made it into the 12 Teas of Christmas Box - it's one of my favorites! I love the way coconut and bergamot and vanilla just work together so well with the black teas in this one - you can taste each of the components, but one doesn't compete with another. It's smooth, creamy, and delicious with just enough of a contrast from the tangy bergamot to keep your taste buds interested but not so much bergamot that it comes off perfume-ish. 

A really delightful balance of flavors.

to brew: give this tea a good shake to make sure that some of those precious vanilla beans reach your measurement. They tend to like to settle to the bottom of the pouch. I suggest 3g (or even just a little less than that) for 12 ounces of near boiling water and let it steep for 2 1/2 minutes. strain and allow to cool for about 10 minutes (which will give the tea some time to develop its flavors) and then enjoy! 

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