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Maybe it is because I feel adventurous or crazy, but probably just because I wasn’t sure a third infusion of this Yunnan would produce a strong enough cup….either way, I decided to make hot chocolate with tea instead of water. Perhaps that isn’t strange to some, but I just never pictured chocolate and tea together. (I have made hot chocolate with coffee several times, though). After recently trying and loving the mint chocolate oolong, maybe this will actually be good.

It is pretty good. I think I was right about the Yunnan not making it for a full third infusion, the tea out of the pot was pretty light in color. The flavor is mostly hot chocolate with a taste of ‘something’ which is obviously the tea, but I don’t think I would have guessed that it was tea if I didn’t make it myself. I really want to try this hot chocolate/tea thing with a first infusion of tea to see if the tea taste is stronger….project for tomorrow. :D

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap

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Texas

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