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So, pretty much Sil (and Stacy!) are awesome, because I get to try “Sil’s version” of this tea, which is just chocolate orange assam.

This tea pretty much smells like a dark chocolate Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Absolutely perfect. However, teas don’t always taste as they smell, and chocolate orange seems to be a particularly difficult flavour. This one though?? OMG OMG OMG!!! This is by FAR the best chocolate orange tea I’ve had. It tastes like a liquid chocolate orange. There is even sweetness in this… not that it’s a sweet tea, but there is a sweetness to it. Ahh. It’s like orange hot chocolate minus the calories.

I kind of regret drinking this without my boyfriend around – maybe this tea he would have liked?

Anyways… I really think that this should become a new tea on the website… this is amazing. It would be getting a rating of 95+ from me, but I can’t do that here because my rating here is for the real version of this tea, which has a different base, and marshmallow. This is my perfect Orange Chocolate tea, no question. Thanks so much for sharing, Sil!

ETA: Second infusion is less chocolatey, but still has delicious orange flavour. I’m getting serious raisin notes in the aftertaste though, which kind of doesn’t go with the whole chocolate orange theme (but I love the flavour, so don’t care!) I didn’t get them in the first infusion, so they were likely masked by the flavouring then (and it’s only in the aftertaste that they are appearing now).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
CrowKettle

I love chocolate oranges! This sounds like it should be a thing.

Kittenna

Very much yes. I think the original blend does taste like chocolate oranges to some people, but both Sil and I were picking up on a strange flavouring/base note that was ruining the experience for us (other than that, it tasted amazing). A swap of the base, and removal of marshmallow flavouring, and it’s now perfect.

Sil

Glad this versions worked out for you lol

Kittenna

Oh man. So good.

Butiki Teas

Kittenna-I don’t think we are going to make this one available on the website but I would be happy to make you a small batch for you anytime.

Sil

Stacy….was going to ask you about doing that possibly heh

Also…caramel vanilla here I am! Lol

Terri HarpLady

This sounds yummy!!

Kittenna

How small is a small batch [I’m seriously considering this]? Also – I’m curious as to the base! I know it’s assam, but which one is it?

Butiki Teas

Kitttena-Whatever size you wanted. Its the regular Premium Taiwanese Assam.

Kittenna

I was suspecting that, since I was enjoying it so much. I shall be in touch, heh.

Sil

Kitenna – we should pick a size! :)

Terri HarpLady

hmmm, I might have to get in on this action!

Butiki Teas

Terri-Let me know if you are interested. If I make a batch for them then it would be less work to combine it.

Kittenna

Sil – I hadn’t read your comment yet, but just came on here to say that yes, we will be ordering some of this. I am pretty sure I want PTA as the base for EVERYTHING now…

Amariel

Sounds yummy! I am a huge chocolate orange fan.

Kittenna

SO GOOD.

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CrowKettle

I love chocolate oranges! This sounds like it should be a thing.

Kittenna

Very much yes. I think the original blend does taste like chocolate oranges to some people, but both Sil and I were picking up on a strange flavouring/base note that was ruining the experience for us (other than that, it tasted amazing). A swap of the base, and removal of marshmallow flavouring, and it’s now perfect.

Sil

Glad this versions worked out for you lol

Kittenna

Oh man. So good.

Butiki Teas

Kittenna-I don’t think we are going to make this one available on the website but I would be happy to make you a small batch for you anytime.

Sil

Stacy….was going to ask you about doing that possibly heh

Also…caramel vanilla here I am! Lol

Terri HarpLady

This sounds yummy!!

Kittenna

How small is a small batch [I’m seriously considering this]? Also – I’m curious as to the base! I know it’s assam, but which one is it?

Butiki Teas

Kitttena-Whatever size you wanted. Its the regular Premium Taiwanese Assam.

Kittenna

I was suspecting that, since I was enjoying it so much. I shall be in touch, heh.

Sil

Kitenna – we should pick a size! :)

Terri HarpLady

hmmm, I might have to get in on this action!

Butiki Teas

Terri-Let me know if you are interested. If I make a batch for them then it would be less work to combine it.

Kittenna

Sil – I hadn’t read your comment yet, but just came on here to say that yes, we will be ordering some of this. I am pretty sure I want PTA as the base for EVERYTHING now…

Amariel

Sounds yummy! I am a huge chocolate orange fan.

Kittenna

SO GOOD.

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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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