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Cofftea and Angrboda’s notes about this one made me really eager to break open my box and give it a try. And man, am I glad I did. This one is a delightful sensuous experience on so many levels.

The bags do have an amazing smell. It starts as gingerbready, and not the vaguely spicy smell of ginger snaps or even the bready smell of gingerbread men (or women :-)), but a really deep, rich smell, like a fresh gingerbread loaf right out of the oven. Then it moves to something more chocolatey, with a dab of vanilla dropped in; the best I can come up with to describe it is that it’s the smell of how chocolate mousse tastes.

The tea is about as dark brown as it gets and I can’t see the bottom of the cup. The aroma is not quite as striking as it was dry, but still very pleasing. The taste is unique and complex. I taste mainly the chocolate and the spices, but there’s also an almost coffee-like note that sits on the tongue.

One of the things I find most enjoyable about it is its texture. The package uses the adjective velvety. I’m not sure what part of the experience that is supposed to apply to but for me it is how it feels in my mouth — soft, a little slick, and with substance to it, almost like a broth, and quite comforting.

Overall, a very satisfying experience and one I expect I’ll go back to again and again.

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Ricky

Gingerbready, yes, that’s what it was! It reminded me a bit of pumpkin spice and Adagio’s gingerbread tea, which I didn’t like that much either. Ahhhh!

Cofftea

YUMMMM!!!

__Morgana__

I’m such a coffee purist that it is surprising to me that I am enjoying the flavored teas. I do adulterate my coffee by putting milk in it and I haven’t found that I like that with tea, but I think it was General Foods International Coffees way back (which it actually took me about a year to realize how bad they were because they were so cleverly sugared that they always made me feel happy when I drank them) that put me off of flavored coffee and I can’t bring myself to drink anything but ground drip. In any case, I am a total puehr virgin prior to this so I freely admit that I have an underdeveloped palate where they are concerned. But I intend to remedy that. :-)

Cofftea

Drinking this right now!=D

__Morgana__

I had it twice today already!

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Ricky

Gingerbready, yes, that’s what it was! It reminded me a bit of pumpkin spice and Adagio’s gingerbread tea, which I didn’t like that much either. Ahhhh!

Cofftea

YUMMMM!!!

__Morgana__

I’m such a coffee purist that it is surprising to me that I am enjoying the flavored teas. I do adulterate my coffee by putting milk in it and I haven’t found that I like that with tea, but I think it was General Foods International Coffees way back (which it actually took me about a year to realize how bad they were because they were so cleverly sugared that they always made me feel happy when I drank them) that put me off of flavored coffee and I can’t bring myself to drink anything but ground drip. In any case, I am a total puehr virgin prior to this so I freely admit that I have an underdeveloped palate where they are concerned. But I intend to remedy that. :-)

Cofftea

Drinking this right now!=D

__Morgana__

I had it twice today already!

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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