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The loose leaves smell great. I brewed this up for 8 minutes (which is one of the longer hot steeps I’ve done).
This has an interesting light note to it. The mint is cooling and makes the liquor feel very thin. I taste the chocolate. Actually the two flavors go really well together, giving me an ice cream type experience of mint chocolate chip.
There is something in here that I’m not sure is working so much for me. I think it might just be the choice of base. I don’t care for honeybush as much as rooibos to begin with, so this might just be my own bias, but I feel like the honeybush dominates the other flavors. I don’t really know what I would suggest instead, and I am enjoying this, my brain just wants to process this as “interesting” rather than “delicious!”.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I’m a writer and as such, am obviously an emotional rollercoaster. I used to drink tea a lot more, but kind of stopped and switched to coffee. Now, after too much stress, I’m completely unable to drink coffee anymore, so I figured tea would fulfill some of my “awake” needs as well as calm my emotions. I’m working my way through a huge selection of samples of pretty much everything, leaving notes so I remember what I like.
I love being adventurous and trying new things, even (especially?) things that sound strange or off-putting. Aside from tea I also enjoy tasting wines. The last really interesting one I tried was a dandelion wine! (And yes, it actually was delicious. Extremely bizarre and herby, but delicious).

I don’t have a set of numerical ratings set down yet, mainly because I’m very intuitive (read: disorganized and opinionated) about how I rate things. Basically, If something is in the 70-85 range, it’s pretty good, totally drinkable. Below that, in the 50-69 range, it was probably incredibly boring. I really hate boring tea. Below 50, I wouldn’t drink it again and might not have finished it (I actually really hate leaving ratings below 50, it makes me feel bad. I’m probably too nice). If it’s above 85 then I really liked it. Super high ratings are reserved for teas that totally blew me away.

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