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Random draw from the sample box gave me chocolate. I added this sample to my order on a chocolate-crazed whim, and it’s not until now that I’m beginning to wonder if that was an all together good idea. The chocolate bit is good enough, but I’m getting concerned by the ‘Mayan’ of the name. Every other chocolate tea I’ve seen on here that was named something with Mayan involved chili or spice in some way. I don’t want spice. I just want chocolate.

The leaves smell like milk chocolate primarily, but there is also a hint of paprika there. I think. It might just be something that I think is there because I’m so scared that it’ll be true. I desperately don’t want it to be true! NBT’s info doesn’t say anything about anything else than chocolate and cocoa kernels though, so okay. That’s somewhat reassuring. One could hope that the paprika-y note is really the tea’s aroma being distorted by copious amounts of chocolate. It has lots of those little chocolate droplets that melt as it steeps.

It’s got an absolutely gorgeous red colour after steeping, although rather murky, but the aroma is… weird, to say it nicely. Something that desperately tries to be chocolate but doesn’t quite make it. The more you smell it, the more you’ll convince yourself that yes, this really is a full, rich chocolate smell, but in the back of your mind the initial ‘wtf is this???!’ reaction still lurks.

Well. At least it doesn’t taste like there’s spices in it. It’s still way worse than the aroma though. Nothing in this could ever convince me that this is ‘chocolate’. It’s not full. It’s not rich. It bears a vague resemblance to chocolate but that’s as close as we get. It’s got a nutty bitterness. Like hazelnuts that have gone a bit off.

I tried adding a little milk to see if that might help with the bitterness and bring out the chocolate more, but it didn’t work.

Xp

It’s not really a tea flavour. And it’s definitely not chocolate. It’s like a bastard child from the two. And it’s NOT very nice.

This is not going anywhere near my shopping list. In fact if we had a Never Ever Again Ever! list, this would be marching straight into a prime spot. I have had a few things that were more undrinkable than this. But not very many.

Now get me some proper tea, plz!

(Also, Sophistre, I’ve managed 95 words, yay!)

sophistre

That sounds…gross. Hahaha. It takes a lot to make a cup of tea with chocolate bits in it gross.

I laughed when I got to the end of your note. Go go go! I’m over here waving a little writer’s cheering-squad pom-pom around (not really sure what one of those would look like, but hey. Maybe it’d be made up of shredded pieces of paper from old drafts or something).

Angrboda

I’ve made me a yummy tongue cleanser.

I can’t figure out why the chocolate didn’t work. It should work. It just didn’t.

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sophistre

That sounds…gross. Hahaha. It takes a lot to make a cup of tea with chocolate bits in it gross.

I laughed when I got to the end of your note. Go go go! I’m over here waving a little writer’s cheering-squad pom-pom around (not really sure what one of those would look like, but hey. Maybe it’d be made up of shredded pieces of paper from old drafts or something).

Angrboda

I’ve made me a yummy tongue cleanser.

I can’t figure out why the chocolate didn’t work. It should work. It just didn’t.

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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