drank Haute Chocolate by Teavana
953 tasting notes

I’m almost ready to decupboard this. Either tonight or tomorrow.

I got the weirdest olfactory flash from this tonight. Are you ready? Bologna! It smelled like bologna! (Thank you, Oscar Meyer song, for teaching me how to spell this.)

Fortunately I didn’t get that in the taste. This is not a favorite and not a restock, though it’s been slightly more even over the course of a few tastings. There’s still a weird vacancy in the middle of the sip, but the chocolate has been more concentrated the last few times. I wonder whether the chips sifted down to the bottom of the tin. In any case, I had some on the bedside table last night and the BF sniffed the air and said “Chocolate?” So there’s an objective verification of its chocolateness.

I think if I want a spicy chocolate flavor, I’m going with Melange de Chamonix from Upton. I realize it’s not caffeine free, but them’s the breaks. It’s just so much nicer in flavor that the chocolate tisanes.




Sounds like this one goes well with some lapsang. Bologna and smokey bacon. Sounds delicious ;)

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Sounds like this one goes well with some lapsang. Bologna and smokey bacon. Sounds delicious ;)

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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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