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drank Decadence by The Simple Leaf
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Being a white tea, Decadence is understated, and just a little sip won’t get you all that far. But a mouthful brings out some very nice flavors. In short, the main flavor that comes out is caramel, but it’s a very specific flavor of caramel.

I tried this one too-expensive “Righteously Raw” cocoa bar one time, and it was all right. The outside was 90% cocoa and bitter, but the inside was really delicious. The ingredients were lucuma fruit, pink salt, agave nectar, dates, and vanilla bean. I’m not sure if it’s the lucuma (never had it alone) or just the combination of everything, but it made a unique caramelish flavor that I loved. Took me a minute to figure it out, but Decadence totally has this flavor going on. It is not harsh or astringent, and I am looking forward to steep #2.

EDIT: Steep 2 was not too different. 160 degrees for 3:30. A little bit of red grape started coming out. While a tiny bit of astringency happened, it was still very smooth and not at all bitter. I bet you could steep this more times and still get nice, subtle cups. When I was done with the leaves, they smelled bright and grassy. This is really not a tea for you if you like ’em with a kick – I let my gf try it, and she thought it was more like water than tea.

I’m not so experienced with white teas – I sort of quit them a few years ago – but I’ll keep drinking them if they’re like this. Now, if only it were cheaper.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
SoccerMom

Hmmm this one sounds yummy!

sophistre

That bar sounds amazing. Must locate.

Harfatum

Yeah, the bar was good – I’d buy them often if they were $1-2 instead of $5+. The outside was too bitter for a sweet snack even though I like other 90% chocolates plain. The Caramel bar is the best of their three cocoa-based bars; the Acai is ok. The outside is also bitter, and the inside is good but sort of gritty. I heard the Goji is not as good as the Acai.

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SoccerMom

Hmmm this one sounds yummy!

sophistre

That bar sounds amazing. Must locate.

Harfatum

Yeah, the bar was good – I’d buy them often if they were $1-2 instead of $5+. The outside was too bitter for a sweet snack even though I like other 90% chocolates plain. The Caramel bar is the best of their three cocoa-based bars; the Acai is ok. The outside is also bitter, and the inside is good but sort of gritty. I heard the Goji is not as good as the Acai.

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I work as a web coder guy. I eat primal/paleo; I love math, science, gaming, and of course tea. I’ve been drinking tea since I was 3! I started with looseleaf in 2004 and have had lots of fun trying all sorts of new things since then.

I mostly drink black tea, and that usually with milk and sugar. I also enjoy, in more or less descending order:

cooked puers
rooibos, lighter greens, oolongs
whites, raw puers
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