Fox Tea Club’s Coconut Milk Blooming Tea

Coconut Milk Blooming Tea by Fox Tea Club
White Tea / Flavoured
$15.95 for 2oz

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Fox Tea Club has provided me with Coconut Milk Blooming Tea for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I adore blooming teas – it’s a bit like a mix of tea and art together. For those new to blooming teas, the tea leaves and flowers are tied together and when you first get it the tea is just a ball. After steeping, the flower and the tea opens up and it’s a beautiful arrangement in your tea top. I would definitely recommend steeping all blooming teas in a clear glass teapot or cup to get the full effect.

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That said, Coconut Milk Blooming Tea came to me in sample packaging from the Fox Tea Club. I received one tea ball from them and it smells incredibly like coconut with a hint of floral. There is not much that I can see beyond the tea leaves and a hint of pink from the clover flower. The ingredients for the Coconut Milk Blooming Tea are: clover flowers, jasmine, white tea. The description of the tea also includes coconut flavouring, but the ingredients list (at the time of writing) does not.

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Preparation

Fox Tea Club suggests using 1 ball in a clear teapot and to steep using 180°F (82°C) water for 5 minutes. I followed the steeping instructions for the initial steep.

First Taste

After the 5 minute steep, the Coconut Milk Blooming Tea has opened up quite a bit. The tea itself has a warm pinkish tone to it, I believe that is from the pink clover flowers. The tea smells of jasmine and coconut, and just has a hint of sweetness to it.

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I’m pleasantly surprised at how good this tea taste. It has a soft floral taste to it that I’m attributing to the jasmine – it’s much more vibrant than other jasmine teas I’ve had before because it’s present rather than only being used to scent the tea. The coconut flavour is sweet and quite strong, it holds itself well against the strength of the floral notes from the jasmine. The sweetness is not over-the-top, and it’s just enough to make it interesting. I would think that most people wouldn’t feel the need to add any sweetener to this floral tea.

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A Second Cup?

Fox Tea Club suggests that the Coconut Milk Blooming Tea can be resteeped 3 to 5 times, which always makes me excited to hear because I love resteeping teas – you find subtle flavour changes from time to time. I used the same temperature water, and increased each subsequent steep by 30 seconds.

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For the first 2 resteeps, I found that the coconut flavour was a bit weaker than the initial steep, but it was still quite good. By the third and fourth resteep, I found that the jasmine flavour was considerably stronger than the coconut, as the flavouring of the coconut had started to become weaker. It still has a touch of sweetness though. I didn’t find my last (fifth) resteep to be particularly good compared to the other steeps, so for me the Coconut Milk Blooming Tea was good for a total of four resteeps (five steeps total).

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My Overall Impression

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I loved Fox Tea Club’s Coconut Milk Blooming Tea. Not only was this tea fun to watch while it steeped, it also tasted really good. The coconut flavours were sweet and balanced well with the floral notes from the jasmine. I enjoyed the fact that this tea resteeped well and the changes in the flavour were subtle with each resteep. It’s a fun tea, and I think that blooming teas are best enjoyed with company – especially people who’ve never seen a blooming tea open up before.

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Fox Tea Club’s Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights by Fox Tea Club
Black Tea & Green Tea / Flavoured
$9.95USD for 2oz

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Fox Tea Club has provided me with Arabian Nights for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I was eager to try Fox Tea Club’s teas after seeing some of their photos on their Instagram account, and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of teas they sent me to try! This first review is of Arabian Nights, a black and green tea blend. First off, I just want to saw how cute their packaging is. Arabian Nights came to me in a fox print cardboard cylindrical box. The name of the tea was hand written and it is sealed with red wax with a fox paw print – how adorable is that?

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The dry leaf of Arabian Nights is quite sweet smelling, and has hints of tropical fruit. There’s some floral notes as well, and I can definitely make out the smell of roses from this tea that mingle well with the fruity aromas. Arabian Nights is made up of: black tea, calendula, cornflower, green tea, mango, pineapple, rose.

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Preparation

The packaging of Arabian Nights didn’t offer any suggested steeping instructions, neither did the online product page. One thing to consider when steeping a tea blend is what tea varieties are in the blend. In the case of Arabian Nights, there’s black and green tea. While I would normally steep a black tea in 100°C (212°F) for about 4-5 minutes, a green tea should be steeped in much cooler water (80°C/185°F) for less time (1-3 minutes).

I steeped Arabian Nights with water heated to the Green Tea setting on my variable temperature kettle (80°C/175°F)

First Taste

Arabian Nights steeps to a nice golden orange. The product page for Arabian Nights suggests that the tea should smell like vanilla and cake, unfortunately I don’t get that experience. However, this tea is delicious in it’s own way. I would describe the steeped tea as having a sweet, fruity aroma. I found that the rose smell kind of mingles in with everything, but isn’t too overpowering. I can just make out the black tea base under the fruity-rose blend of aromas. On first taste, I get a touch of sweetness and can taste the mango, the black tea, and the roses. The tail end of each sip has a remarkable crisp sweetness that reminds me a lot of apples.

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A Second Cup?

I resteeped Arabian Nights twice (increasing steep time by 30 seconds for each additional steep). For the first resteep, I found that I was getting most black tea and rose in the flavour. That delicious tropical fruit flavour was mostly gone and it was a bit disappointing. I still cannot taste the green tea. For the second resteep, I was still getting mostly black tea and rose. I would say that the first steep is the best.

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My Overall Impression

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I liked Fox Tea Club’s Arabian Nights. I think that this tea is really pretty – any tea that includes rosebuds always make me feel a touch more romantic purely because of the addition of rosebuds. For me, the initial steep was the best because it had the most complex flavour profile with the full effect of the tropical fruit, roses, and black tea base. Unfortunately, I think a lot of the ingredients overpowered the green tea leaves that were present, so I couldn’t really taste them. Because of the fruity notes, I think this tea would make an excellent iced tea, if you were so inclined, and that the tea itself was quite good by itself as the fruit flavours added plenty of sweetness by themselves.

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