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I was also lucky to get a sample of this tea with my last order. I was REALLY excited, because I love chocolate hazelnut spread, and was hoping this one would be a hit. It’s also really nice to try it before you buy it. Anyway, I was kind of disappointed by the small leaves. I mean, it’s an oolong…shouldn’t they be long or curled up? The smell of the dry leaf, however was very enticing. I started to steep it at more conservative parameters, even though the directions are pretty much in line for how you would steep a black tea. So I did it at 190 degrees, and was thinking 4 minutes, but decreased it to 3 when I saw how dark it was getting. Three minutes turned out to be plenty long. The taste is very nutty, full of hazelnut, although there is some chocolate in there. After a few sips, it reminded me a lot of flavored instant coffee. Not good. I want my tea to taste like tea! Well, so much for my high hopes. I wouldn’t sneer at another cup of this, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Irene89

Disappointing, huh? I was so looking forward to that tea, it sounded so perfect. Way too strong for me :( And I agree with you on the coffee taste (and I HATE coffee). Sad sad…

Tealizzy

I’m glad you get coffee flavor too. It confirms my taste buds! Ya, it was disappointing. Oh well, still planning to pick up a little coffee cake tea tomorrow. We’ll see how that one is.

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Irene89

Disappointing, huh? I was so looking forward to that tea, it sounded so perfect. Way too strong for me :( And I agree with you on the coffee taste (and I HATE coffee). Sad sad…

Tealizzy

I’m glad you get coffee flavor too. It confirms my taste buds! Ya, it was disappointing. Oh well, still planning to pick up a little coffee cake tea tomorrow. We’ll see how that one is.

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I have recently become tea obsessed! I’ve always loved an occasional cup and my mother is a daily tea drinker, but in the last year it has become my favorite thing! Started out by having a cup of black tea in the morning. Loved going for afternoon tea with my mom! Since fully immersing myself in loose leaf tea, I have become nuts for it!

I am now exploring more and more companies, and trying to go beyond my comfort zone of flavored black teas and try more oolong, green and white teas.

My favorite teas are evolving. I love teas from DavidsTea, Lupicia, Harney and Sons, Della Terra Teas, and Butiki!

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