Tea of the Week for December 31/Featured Reblend for December 2018: Foggy Coconut (Black Tea)!
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Tea Description: Yeah, it wasn't so long ago that you saw a blog post about this tea - that's because it was the tea for the First Day of Christmas in our 12 Teas of Christmas countdown. Now, I don't usually do this - use a reblended tea from the 12Teas of Christmas box as the featured reblend/Retro Monday tea for that same December - but this year was kind of a special circumstance because: a) when I reblended this, I reblended twice as much as I needed. I'm not sure why I did that except to say that I was perhaps quite stressed and confused during the time that I was blending; and b) in November, as some of you are probably aware, I was quite ill and in the hospital for an extended stay. That hospital stay cost me some valuable time from my busiest time of year, and I've been struggling to get caught up ever since and since I had already blended so much of this tea, I decided to use the overage to my advantage and save myself from reblending another tea while running so far behind and hopefully by doing so, it would help me get caught up that much quicker.
So really, I don't have a lot more to say about this blend that I didn't say in my previous description of this tea, so I think I'll just use that here:
[This] 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
No new tasting notes to add - please check out my tasting notes from this batch here. Or, if you're interested in reading someone else's opinion about this tea, check out this review from my old stomping grounds - the SororiTEA Sisters!
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!