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I was a bit apprehensive about this tea since chocolate teas are usually artificial tasting or taste like weird watery chocolate. This was a pleasant surprise. I don’t know if I would be able to pick out that it was a chocolate pu-erh from tasting it by itself, but I enjoyed it. It’s not too sweet so that it is reserved for a dessert tea (though I tend to drink my pu-erhs as a digestif) and it did not have any funky taste to it.

This is a great, grocery-store available introduction to pu-erhs for those that are a little intimidated.

Bonus: NUMI uses no pesticides in their tea or plastics in their tea bags.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea is very light flavored and does not seem to become stronger with more steeping. The scent dry is very nice, but when brewed it too sweet for me. It reminds me of watered down lemonade.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m sorry, but this tea just tastes horrible. I took a few sips and then had to dump the rest out. The maple is very artificial tasting.

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drank Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana
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I had low expectations for this tea, but I actually like it. I’ve gotten 3 steeps out of 1.5 teaspoons of leaves. The smell of it once brewed is weaker than the dry leaves. It tastes spicy (like a chai) and not too sweet.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Invigorating Tea by Chopra
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This tea is delightfully spicy and well balanced. It isn’t too bitter and it smells great. It definitely gives me an energy boost.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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The smell of this tea is divine. It reminds me of a salted caramel sauce used to drizzle over ice cream. It smells very sweet, but the taste is not overwhelming. Definitely a dessert tea.

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This tea smells like a warm, toasty banana muffin, but I was afraid it would be too artificial tasting. The aroma mellows out a lot upon steeping and actually tastes quite nice. The aroma is not reflected in the flavor, but it helps to take an inhale of the steam before sipping to get the full experience. Tastes good, but not extra-ordinary.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Masala Chai by Argo Tea
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This has great flavor without being too sweet or bitter. It definitely wakes me up and holds up to long brewing well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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I wasn’t expecting this tea to wake me up because it’s herbal. It’s keeping me awake but not giving me an energy boost. I am pleasantly surprised with this tea. I like the smell and the taste. Even after brewing for about 30 minutes during my morning commute, it still tastes delicious. I have to be careful how I brew it — since the tea is so fine, I have to use my finest mesh strainer otherwise I’m stuck eating a bunch of leaves.

The flavor is sweet, verging on too sweet, but it never gets too excessive. It’s smooth and almost buttery (reminds me of Toasted Walnut by DavidsTea). The nutty aroma matches the steeped taste perfectly. No false advertising here!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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drank Anuenue by Lupicia
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I brewed this a little longer this time and it wasn’t too bitter, but it was a bit too floral. The first sip is good, but the floral-ness builds so that it is almost perfume-like. This persists when it is iced as well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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