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drank Chocolate Puerh by Numi Organic Tea
357 tasting notes

Doulton’s Shakespeare: A Tasting Note in 5 Acts
Act III scene 5

Exit, pursued by the Bear.
Stage direction from A Winter’s Tale, Act III scene 3

When I was initially going through the mighty Shakespeare box and I pulled this bag out I said aloud “Oh God” both as a statement of horror and a supplication. I dislike both chocolate and Puerh: this seemed like the most unholiest of pairings. I needed to be in the right frame of mind to try this one. And today was the day.

I bravely went to my teapot and prepped. The dry leaves actually didn’t make me recoil. As I added the freshly boiled water to the leaves the scent wafted up I did recoil and said “Oh God” yet again. Dirty animal chocolate. As I poured the steeped tea and the smell came at me I started muttering “ohgodohgodohgod…” My composure totally cracked, and yet I tried a sip. I GAGGED! It was my first full-out tea gag. I calmly set the cup down and put my hand over my mouth and tried to decide what to do. It smelled like a zoo. A chocolate sprinkled zoo. Perhaps more like if you took this tea, mixed it with the mocha powder that Starbucks uses, and then stored it in the cave where a bear’s hibernating for the winter. I decided to let it sit in another room while I decided its fate. Either the cooling would be a good thing or it would go down the sink.

The cooling helped it quite a bit. I’ve only had a few Puerhs, but there seems to be a “sweet spot” of time/temp where it becomes this oddly fascinating drink to me. The window on this one was very quick. I could sort of understand why others like this: the chocolate did do a neat “flavor coat” on the roof of my mouth. The tea seemed more like a mineral-filled earth. And then it went back to being blechy. There’s about 1/3 of the cup left and it’s sink-bound.

This tea is Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale. It starts off full of vengence, then does this 180 where it’s all about redemption and a statue coming to life. It really isn’t Shakespeare’s best play — the only really good part of this play is the stage direction Exit, persued by the bear. I started off vengeful with this tea, then shifted maybe 10 degrees or so in it’s favor, but that’s as far as I got. No redemption here. If I really enjoyed chocolate or Puerhs, then this would be a completely different note, but alas it is not to be. GA

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I just can’t fathom anyone not liking chocolate hehe… but now knowing that you don’t I can definitely understand your rating. SO chocolatey! Thankfully I’ve never gotten “zoo”- or I fear I would have gagged myself. Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas would be another bad one for you to try lol:)

Cinoi

Was this the loose leaf version or the bagged? I have never tried the loose leaf, the bagged is readily available at my local Whole Foods. I have never had this dirty animal or chocolate smell come off of it. I am sorry you had a bad experience with it…

Rabs

It was loose leaf, so maybe the flavors were really amped up or something. I dunno.

My distaste for chocolate came from my love of chocolate as a child (I overdid the M&Ms one Easter and to this day I cannot stand M&Ms). I can enjoy chocolate in very small quantities before my “ick” reflex kicks in. Perhaps that means I’m extra-sensitive to the chocolate in this tea? I can see myself eventually appreciating and enjoying puerhs, but I’m just not there yet. If I ever try the bagged version of this, the I’ll let you know :)

Cinoi

Yea, it might just be the loose leaf, I should get some and try it…I think the bag is fantastic on this, its subtle, barely any chocolate or puerh (you can check my reviews, they’re all about bagged). I think it’s spiced with an intriguing creaminess and no dirty animal smell.

Cofftea

Haha that’s funny- I’ve heard of people OD’ing on things (my mom on cooked carrots and green beans), but chocolate?! That’s not only strange, it’s sad:( That’s funny that you mention M&Ms @ Easter. I was 4 before I ate chocolate… then someone gave me one @ Easter and I was hooked lol. Like Cinoi I can’t tell you how it compares (more/less zoo or chocolate) to the loose leaf, but I consider the bagged VERY chocolatey so you may want to just skip it. The thought of you dumping a partial cup makes me wanna cry lol.

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Cofftea

I just can’t fathom anyone not liking chocolate hehe… but now knowing that you don’t I can definitely understand your rating. SO chocolatey! Thankfully I’ve never gotten “zoo”- or I fear I would have gagged myself. Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas would be another bad one for you to try lol:)

Cinoi

Was this the loose leaf version or the bagged? I have never tried the loose leaf, the bagged is readily available at my local Whole Foods. I have never had this dirty animal or chocolate smell come off of it. I am sorry you had a bad experience with it…

Rabs

It was loose leaf, so maybe the flavors were really amped up or something. I dunno.

My distaste for chocolate came from my love of chocolate as a child (I overdid the M&Ms one Easter and to this day I cannot stand M&Ms). I can enjoy chocolate in very small quantities before my “ick” reflex kicks in. Perhaps that means I’m extra-sensitive to the chocolate in this tea? I can see myself eventually appreciating and enjoying puerhs, but I’m just not there yet. If I ever try the bagged version of this, the I’ll let you know :)

Cinoi

Yea, it might just be the loose leaf, I should get some and try it…I think the bag is fantastic on this, its subtle, barely any chocolate or puerh (you can check my reviews, they’re all about bagged). I think it’s spiced with an intriguing creaminess and no dirty animal smell.

Cofftea

Haha that’s funny- I’ve heard of people OD’ing on things (my mom on cooked carrots and green beans), but chocolate?! That’s not only strange, it’s sad:( That’s funny that you mention M&Ms @ Easter. I was 4 before I ate chocolate… then someone gave me one @ Easter and I was hooked lol. Like Cinoi I can’t tell you how it compares (more/less zoo or chocolate) to the loose leaf, but I consider the bagged VERY chocolatey so you may want to just skip it. The thought of you dumping a partial cup makes me wanna cry lol.

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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