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drank Caramel Cocoa Loco by Kally Tea
2494 tasting notes

Well, didn’t drink as much tea as I wanted to today since I slept in quite absurdly, and then the boy was over… oh well. Decided to try this one out today, though, since I got my teas from our split Kally order yesterday, and all the girls had given it pretty good reviews.

I have to say that I concur! This is good, and different! I honestly didn’t pay it enough attention to give a solid review, but I enjoyed it quite thoroughly, and it reminded me of Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha… mostly in that it tasted like a flavoured genmaicha, which I apparently have a soft spot for. I can’t say I picked out caramel or cocoa, but I wasn’t really trying, either. It was toasty and sweet, and I’ll hopefully make a better note next time I try it! I’d recommend picking this up if you’re making a Kally order anytime soon and have no aversion to the ingredients in this blend. :D

ETA: I so apologize to you all for popping these all up to the top of your Dashboard again. I bet you’re all “Blah, there goes Kittenna spamming us again!” My apologies :( Anyways, I forgot to note that this re-steeped ok as well, though I didn’t try a third infusion.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

boys! such a distraction :P

Kittenna

Mostly I just feel bad not paying attention to him when he’s over!! :P It was bad enough that I had him wait while I brewed like 5 teas to take upstairs to watch Once/Dr Who, haha.

Indigobloom

Bah, if he is dating you then he understands! all part of a tea lovers charm :)

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Indigobloom

boys! such a distraction :P

Kittenna

Mostly I just feel bad not paying attention to him when he’s over!! :P It was bad enough that I had him wait while I brewed like 5 teas to take upstairs to watch Once/Dr Who, haha.

Indigobloom

Bah, if he is dating you then he understands! all part of a tea lovers charm :)

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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