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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’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and 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’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to 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. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

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

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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