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drank Chocolate-Mint by TeaGschwender
628 tasting notes

I got a free sample of this with my very small TeaGschwender order. It says it is a rooibos, but there isn’t that much rooibos in there which is nice! It looks like it is mostly mint leaves. I get a subtle undertone of chocolate mixing with the clean taste of mint. This is the only chocolate mint rooibos listed on their site, but I’m surprised to read the ingredients because I taste no hibiscus (thank god!) or lemon grass or lemon balm. It almost has a sweetness of it’s own, so I declined to add sugar which is unusual for me especially with flavored teas.

If the minimum purchase amount was less than 100g, I might think about getting this since I’m enjoying it. I just hate when the minimums are so large when I want to try a little of everything. And what’s up with measuring in grams?! I can’t think in grams unless I’m thinking in metals!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is an updated review… I used gungfu method and it really enhanced the flavors. My tasting notes are still the same, but I would recommend 194F for about 45-50 seconds (4.5g to 4oz water) on first infusion, then add 15 seconds for each following (thanks Lion!). This is a fantastic tea… rich and balanced.

Original Review: 86
Very elegant golden-copper color with pink hues fill the cup and invite you into the aromas of dry wood, citrus and apricot. The mild woody, nuttiness is the first thing you notice on the palate, also there is a clear overall flavor of light milk chocolate (think light chocolate milk with hints of malt) which developed more as the tea cooled. Slightly astringent on the back end, which helps to draw out some of the complexity, make the chocolate notes seem to be more dark than milk while enhancing the subtle apricot notes and lengthening the finish with balanced acidity. The finish maybe the best part of the tea.
To be honest on my first few sips I thought it was a little boring… but as it cooled a bit it really opened up the coco and lactic notes that acted as a blanket which enhanced the complex nutty flavors. The recommended brew temperature in “boiling” for 2 minutes, which I agree with, only I let mine go about 2:30. Also… after the tea is steeped, allow the liquor to cool for a few minutes (5-6 minutes worked well) in order to allow the flavors to become more clear. Quite a lovely change after having two very floral Oolongs earlier today! Well worth trying and a very good value with multiple infusions possible.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Very elegant golden-copper color with pink hues fill the cup and invite you into the aromas of dry wood, citrus and apricot. The mild woody, nuttiness is the first thing you notice on the palate, also there is a clear overall flavor of light milk chocolate (think light chocolate milk with hints of malt) which developed more as the tea cooled. Slightly astringent on the back end, which helps to draw out some of the complexity, make the chocolate notes seem to be more dark than milk while enhancing the subtle apricot notes and lengthening the finish with balanced acidity. The finish maybe the best part of the tea.
To be honest on my first few sips I thought it was a little boring… but as it cooled a bit it really opened up the coco and lactic notes that acted as a blanket which enhanced the complex nutty flavors. The recommended brew temperature in “boiling” for 2 minutes, which I agree with, only I let mine go about 2:30. Also… after the tea is steeped, allow the liquor to cool for a few minutes (5-6 minutes worked well) in order to allow the flavors to become more clear. Quite a lovely change after having two very floral Oolongs earlier today! Well worth trying and a very good value with multiple infusions possible.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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drank Pure Joy by TeaGschwender
264 tasting notes

This is everything I want in a herbal tea. It’s such a wonderful mix. Applemint is the main ingredient, which is a mild mint. I love drinking this iced in the morning, or after work. It’s just a perfect mix with thyme and chamomile. There’s a very light floral background which works well with everything.

Flavors: Floral, Mint, Sweet

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Well shoot. Here I was hoping to see a list of ingredients too. Not for allergies but because I’m nursing and because I think I see Goji berries but I’m not sure.

As far as flavored rooibos goes I don’t taste anything special. There are some fruity undertones but without knowing what they are I can’t really say… though if it is indeed goji berries I could taste that

Preparation
8 min or more 1 tsp

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Tea #27 from Considering a new TTB
I wish I could have found an ingredient list for this tea, there is apparently something in it that I’m allergic to so I ended up dumping it out after the first sip.

Time for some Claritin and a different cup of rooibos

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