Name: Coconut Cacao
Brand: The Persimmon Tree
Type: Flavored shu (cooked) pu’erh
Form: Loose leaf
Price: $11.99 for 2 ounces, sample size and quantity discounts available (August 15th, 2012)
Review: Those of you who know me well are likely well aware of my fondness for all things coconut, so I was pleased when The Persimmon Tree offered a sample of Coconut Cacao, a blend of shu pu’erh, cocoa nibs and dried coconut. Chocolate/cocoa and cooked pu’erh go together splendidly, so I figured the addition of a little coconut couldn’t hurt.
(Incidentally, I really like The Persimmon Tree’s little tins: Just the right size, nicely labeled and equipped with a secure lid. These tins are pretty enough to be used in gift baskets/boxes or as hostess gifts.)
As is typical for many cooked pu’erhs, the tea’s liquor brews up to a very dark brown, giving it the appearance of coffee. The nose is dominated by cocoa and a bit of pu’er earthiness, with a slight hint of coconut.
Like the nose, this tea’s flavor remains dominated by cocoa and pu’erh. The coconut makes its presence known primarily in the finish, enhancing the cocoa flavor rather than standing on its own. If you are looking for something more intensely coco-nutty, I’d suggest Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong. On the other hand, if you like your chocolate with a tropical flair, Coconut Cacao should work for you.
Preparation Suggestions: I like this tea best when served piping hot, so use boiling water and serve in a warmed mug with straight sides to hold in the heat while sipping.
Serving Suggestions: This is a very good tea to have as a dessert or a sweet afternoon snack. Hold the calories and drink it on its own or sip with plain baked goods such as shortbread or pound cake.
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