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The combination of black tea, chocolate and peppermint is nothing new, I’ve actually had two other similar teas today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the combination at all, it is in fact one of my favorite holiday combinations, but it does get a little boring from time to time. What makes this blend truly stand out is the addition of the pu’erh base, it adds a significantly different flavor to what would have been just another peppermint black tea. In the past, I’ve often described pu’erh as fishy tasting, but here it reminds me more of the forest just after a heavy rain, dark and earthy. There is a rich flavor from the chocolate that pairs incredibly well with the more earthy flavors from the pu’erh. On top of it all are the bright, sharp flavors of the peppermint and a slight sweetness from the festive candy cane and Christmas tree sprinkles. Art of Tea has done a wonderful job of taking a classic combination of holiday flavors and adding a twist to it.

You can check out my full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2013/12/24/tuesday-tea-santas-little-helper-art-of-tea.html

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Butiki, Della Terra, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Verdant, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

Ingredients I’m on the fence about:
Pu-erh

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Allergies
Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

Teawares:
FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea

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Oregon, WI

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http://www.notstarvingyet.com/

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