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I was pretty excited to see this one in the box o’ teas teaplz sent me. Not so much because I think it will taste fantastic or anything. Just because it seems funky and fun. And oh yeah, hopefully good.

The dry leaves smell nice. It doesn’t scream chocolate to me but that’s probably because I’m looking for a more cocoa powder smell when it comes to tea and chocolate notes. It reminds me more of… vanilla bean. Of which I don’t think there is any in the tea so I might be insane. The smell of the dry leaf carries across pretty faithfully to the tea. But it smells… richer, a little deeper. It brews up pretty light for such a powerful smelling tea. But at the same time, it doesn’t seem overpowering or too unnatural of a flavor. It just smells like strong tea.

Now on to the taste. This tea is different and it’s going to be hard to explain this right. Based on the smell, I expected a POW of flavor and I didn’t get that. The flavor seems to be more in the feel of the tea. The smell and the taste it leaves on my tongue after I swallow. The warmth of the chili that seems to build as I sip. It’s a soft flavor. It’s truly tea with the flavor of chili and chocolate, not a flavored tea. Does that distinction make sense? Okay, okay, my brain still reads that chocolate taste as vanilla bean. But the point stands that the main thing is that this is a tea. And oh yeah, it’s flavored.

It’s totally not what I was expecting especially based on the smell but it is pretty fantastic. Subtle and soft but obviously there. It’s simultaneously energizing (hello chili!) and mellowing.

It makes me want to drink this sitting by the fire in a nice lodge after a long day of skiing. Which actually, any day including skiing is going to be long because I can’t do it. At all. I can only snowboard moderately well but this tea isn’t a in-the-lodge-post-snowboarding tea. It actually makes me think of gourmet hot chocolate. Or as a gourmet hot chocolate substitute. And it makes my tongue burn a bit – it a good way. Yay chili! So yeah, this tea is funky and I really like it!

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teaplz

YAY! So happy that I was able to send you something cool and funky! When I heard about this one, I knew I had to buy some, just because I really like savory and sweet together. I haven’t had it yet, but I hope my experience with it is just as awesome as yours! :D

Auggy

It’s probably more savory than sweet but it’s not not-sweet. It’s just lovely. And it makes me happy. So thank you a ton for the happy, funky tea.

wombatgirl

This sounds amazing!! :)

Auggy

Honestly, it’s given me a bit of a tea high. Hehe!

Cofftea

I must get some of this!!!

fcmonroe

I have some of this in the back of the cabinet somewhere. I need to pull it out and give it another try!

sophistre

My favorite kinds of hot chocolate have chili and cinnamon in it, so this sounds like a really great alternative (Jaques Torres has one called Wicked, and Dagoba makes one called Xocolatl). Guessing I’m going to really love this one! Onto the shopping list it goes!

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teaplz

YAY! So happy that I was able to send you something cool and funky! When I heard about this one, I knew I had to buy some, just because I really like savory and sweet together. I haven’t had it yet, but I hope my experience with it is just as awesome as yours! :D

Auggy

It’s probably more savory than sweet but it’s not not-sweet. It’s just lovely. And it makes me happy. So thank you a ton for the happy, funky tea.

wombatgirl

This sounds amazing!! :)

Auggy

Honestly, it’s given me a bit of a tea high. Hehe!

Cofftea

I must get some of this!!!

fcmonroe

I have some of this in the back of the cabinet somewhere. I need to pull it out and give it another try!

sophistre

My favorite kinds of hot chocolate have chili and cinnamon in it, so this sounds like a really great alternative (Jaques Torres has one called Wicked, and Dagoba makes one called Xocolatl). Guessing I’m going to really love this one! Onto the shopping list it goes!

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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!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


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!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.

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