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I tried to find instructions on how to brew this tea on Della Terra’s website, and I think they discontinued it since it wasn’t there anymore. Probably the best idea…

Now, the dry leaves look very pretty: black tea leaves, chocolate bit, red sprinkles, shiny pink sprinkles, and silver orbs. With the way the aroma smelled and the flavor tasted, the tea – well – resembles lapsang souchong. I expected it to smell and taste like their other chocolate teas, but it instead smells and tastes like smoked black tea. Bizarre. Totally bizarre. Either that or my taste buds are out of whack.

ETA: Been procrastinating on editing this note. A while back I was browsing Della Terra’s website and noticed they were selling this tea until they officially ran out. In the ingredients list, they listed not black tea – like they did on the label – but lapsang souchong. (smacks forehead) Doggone it, I tasted smokiness when I first tried the tea and couldn’t…just couldn’t! >_< I wasn’t able check the website when I bought the tea to make sure what base was used. My credibility as a tea taster just went back down to level zero.

Anyway, now that I know why it tastes smokey, I’m more forgiving. Professor Grey needs to be steeped for 60 seconds, 90 seconds at the most – otherwise the lapsang overpowers the chocolate. Still can’t taste the bergamot. It’s decent.

(head-desk)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

I noticed it wasn’t on the website too! Guess they listened to the reviews.

KiwiDelight

What could’ve gone wrong when they made this making tea?? Maybe the sprinkles had something to do with it.

Tealizzy

Haha! When I got it, I thought they mislabeled it because I wasn’t expecting the red sprinkles…I had to check the picture online to make sure!

KiwiDelight

At least, if I’m in the mood for some lapsang, I can drink this. /unexpected problem solved

Kittenna

I actually wouldn’t be unhappy if this tea tested smoked to me…. :D Putting it on the list to try today.

KiwiDelight

Good luck!

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Tealizzy

I noticed it wasn’t on the website too! Guess they listened to the reviews.

KiwiDelight

What could’ve gone wrong when they made this making tea?? Maybe the sprinkles had something to do with it.

Tealizzy

Haha! When I got it, I thought they mislabeled it because I wasn’t expecting the red sprinkles…I had to check the picture online to make sure!

KiwiDelight

At least, if I’m in the mood for some lapsang, I can drink this. /unexpected problem solved

Kittenna

I actually wouldn’t be unhappy if this tea tested smoked to me…. :D Putting it on the list to try today.

KiwiDelight

Good luck!

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I began drinking tea because its complexity fascinated me. I love learning about the history, the manufacturing processes, and its place in various cultures.

My favorite teas are Japanese greens and dark oolongs (Wuyi oolongs helped me discover that). My favorite herbal tisane is peppermint. I also love stove top brewed masala chai, hot or cold. The only teas I dislike are fruity tisanes and the ones that have too much fruit.

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