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drank Yin Yang by Cha Dao
911 tasting notes

I debated adding this or not but ultimately decided to because while I feel this isn’t really a tea beverage, I think the intent is for it to be a tea beverage. So I will log it.

Why don’t I consider this a tea beverage? Because it has coffee in it and the dominant taste is that of coffee. This tastes like something that you’d buy in the grocery store next to the Starbucks bottled Frappuccinos. Or actually order from Starbucks itself. Why do I think this was intended as a tea beverage? Because it’s from a company with ‘Cha’ in the name and they specify that they use Yunnan Gold black tea.

But does this taste like tea? No. I mean, I’m probably picking up hints of the tea and I’m sure it contributes to the taste, but I don’t drink this and think, mmm, tea. This is coffee. Actually, it tastes a lot like a diluted chocolate covered espresso bean. I think the chocolate comes from the Yunnan (cocoa notes perhaps) and the obviously large amount of sugar this has. Because this has a lot of sugar. It’s listed second on the ingredient list after water. And 16oz of this has 72 calories, which is the same as almost 5 teaspoons of sugar. Five. In 16oz. So yes, this is sweet.

That sweetness is probably what saves it for me and makes this enjoyable. I like chocolate covered espresso beans and this is like drinking them. So my big conundrum – how do I rate this? Do I rate it just on overall taste? Because it was good, I’d have it again (mostly because I do love me some sugar). Or do I rate this as a tea? Because expecting a tea and getting this? Yeah, that wasn’t so pleasant. As a non-tea bottle drink, this is probably a 73. But expecting a sip of tea-like beverage? This is probably a 23. So I’ll give it a rating with the average of those two.

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Cofftea

Not a fan of cold black coffee, especially sweetened- but I steep tea in coffee all the time so I must try! Thank you so much for posting this!:)

takgoti

Hrm. That is a tricky one. I think you handled it deftly. With the coffee and all the sugar, it’s difficult for me to see how the tea wouldn’t get drowned out. I guess it would make sense if the tea was in there to add more dimension to the coffee but the ‘cha’ makes it confusing indeed.

Auggy

Yep, it’s more of a coffee drink than a tea drink, but I’m thinking the chocolate taste is the tea showing through. But really, the ingredients are: water, sugar, tea, coffee. The two that really obvious are the sugar and the coffee, in that order. The tea gets left out. Poor tea.

takgoti

Aww. Pat, pat. [That’s me, patting the tea on the head.]

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Cofftea

Not a fan of cold black coffee, especially sweetened- but I steep tea in coffee all the time so I must try! Thank you so much for posting this!:)

takgoti

Hrm. That is a tricky one. I think you handled it deftly. With the coffee and all the sugar, it’s difficult for me to see how the tea wouldn’t get drowned out. I guess it would make sense if the tea was in there to add more dimension to the coffee but the ‘cha’ makes it confusing indeed.

Auggy

Yep, it’s more of a coffee drink than a tea drink, but I’m thinking the chocolate taste is the tea showing through. But really, the ingredients are: water, sugar, tea, coffee. The two that really obvious are the sugar and the coffee, in that order. The tea gets left out. Poor tea.

takgoti

Aww. Pat, pat. [That’s me, patting the tea on the head.]

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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