Cream of the cup…
(Oolong tea, white chocolate, coconut, toasted coconut, cane sugar, natural coconut flavouring.)
Crazy for coconut? Well, when it comes to pie recipes, the classic coconut cream takes home the coveted blue ribbon without a doubt. A rich and creamy coconut custard, covered in a pillow of whipped cream and heaps of toasted coconut on top. Oh, and you can’t forget the flaky, buttery crust sitting underneath it all! These are the key components to a cream pie that is as dreamy as a tropical beach vacation. And what could be more fitting for today: National Pie Day! DAVIDsTea’s Coconut Cream Pie features two different kinds of coconut and tiny white chocolate chips in its loose leaf appearance, amongst a base of smooth drinking oolong tea. (Mind you, all of this is covered in cane sugar crystals.) Of course with both regular coconut shavings and toasted coconut, coconut certainly stands out as the dominant ingredient detectable in the aroma of this tea, followed by the creamy chocolate and the slightest essence of a baked pie crust.
You don’t really smell the oolong much at all during your initial whiff of Coconut Cream Pie’s dry leaf, but it definitely is more apparent after having been steeped for about four full minutes. At this point, it has brewed up to a golden-ish colour that is slightly milky looking and comes equipped with a film of oil on top from the mix of chocolate and coconut. It is important that when preparing Coconut Cream Pie, that you use an infuser basket or a steeper of some sort, so that the white chocolate in this blend has the opportunity to properly melt and incorporate into the tea as intended. Otherwise, I feel like this tea fails to deliver completely on the overall creamy aspect. But there’s no denying its buttery, rich mouthfeel and overt natural sweetness. The base of oolong manages not to get buried under the other ingredient/flavour components, but at the same time, lets the coconut shine. Your best bet with CCP is to add milk, this is when it truly claims its title as a dessert tea and becomes truly decadent. Milk really helps to make up for the lack of natural creaminess and improve the overall drinking experience.