From Considering a new Travelling Tea Box

I’m not a big fan of Pu-erh, so the fact that this one smells so much like a pu-erh made me a bit nervous, though there were also strong notes of cocoa.

The taste is very interesting. The chocolate and pu-erh mix into something different from either but very nice. The cocoa flavor somewhat dominates the finish, but without losing balance.

At this point I added some sweetener. As with many chocolate teas, the sweetener increased my awareness of the chocolate. The taste changes from cocoa to chocolate. I didn’t have a preference either way.

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Retired engineer/physicist.
My ratings will usually be based on multiple tastings. Oolong teas are generally 3 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 1 minute. Black teas are 1.5 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 3-4 minutes. Pu-erh is 3 grams in 3 oz, generally 20, 20, 30, 40, 60 sec.

My numerical ratings are all based on how much enjoyment I took from the tea. Since I prefer blacks and oolongs, they will receive higher scores. I also give a couple of extra points to decafs, just because I can drink them in the evening without staying up half the night. I don’t dislike flavored teas, but find that they lack the complexity of finer teas.

90-100 = superior, worth a high price
80-89 = Excellent. Will buy again
70-79 = Good tea, but probably won’t buy
60-69 = Nothing really wrong, but…
Below 60 = Wouldn’t drink again



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