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The amazing takgoti sent me this tea!!! My first Samovar tea!!!

I made a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing this weekend, and we had two pieces left – I thought that this tea would go well!

First off, the scent is heavenly. The tea tastes almost like it has spirits in it! A vanilla bourbon flavor that is different than any vanilla tea I’ve ever had. It combines with the sweet maltiness of the Yunnan for such a full bodied taste! Having a high quality tea base really makes a difference. It also held up well to the dense dessert.

I KNOW it didn’t have any alcohol in it, but I feel a bit tipsy! I must be drunk on deliciousness!!!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Success! Next time I have chocolate cake in my possession, I may need to pair it with this tea as well. I can see that going over very well indeed.

JacquelineM

Rachael Ray completely rubs me the wrong way, but when I was searching for an easy chocolate cake (I was also making a cheesecake and it’s insanely fussy) this came up and I tried it because it looked easy – and it was really great!!

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-index/dessert-recipes/Chocolate-Cake-2

I frosted it using

http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipes/detail.asp?id=184

(scroll down for frosting)

but used Scharffen Berger cocoa powder and only ONE cup of powdered sugar.

I decorated the edge of the cake with little chocolate nibs and it looked very pretty and added an extra dimension of chocolatey goodness :) Some whipped cream would have been nice but most guests had chocolate cake AND cheesecake and it all kind of happily went together – lol!

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takgoti

Success! Next time I have chocolate cake in my possession, I may need to pair it with this tea as well. I can see that going over very well indeed.

JacquelineM

Rachael Ray completely rubs me the wrong way, but when I was searching for an easy chocolate cake (I was also making a cheesecake and it’s insanely fussy) this came up and I tried it because it looked easy – and it was really great!!

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-index/dessert-recipes/Chocolate-Cake-2

I frosted it using

http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipes/detail.asp?id=184

(scroll down for frosting)

but used Scharffen Berger cocoa powder and only ONE cup of powdered sugar.

I decorated the edge of the cake with little chocolate nibs and it looked very pretty and added an extra dimension of chocolatey goodness :) Some whipped cream would have been nice but most guests had chocolate cake AND cheesecake and it all kind of happily went together – lol!

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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