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drank Colonille by SerendipiTea
186 tasting notes

Mmmmm.

This is another tea that Auggy sent me in a nice batch of samples, and it’s so super-yummy that I can’t stop sipping it as we speak. It’ll probably take me forever to write up this log as a result.

This tea is pure black, little scraps of tea, with some vanilla mixed in. The tea itself, when dry, smells deliciously of cocoa and vanilla. And when I say cocoa, I mean dark chocolate, unadulterated by milk. Pure, raw chocolate. The vanilla has that wonderful natural smell that I crave! The last vanilla tea I had was a bagged abomination – Bigelow’s French Vanilla, which tastes as fake as it horrifically smelled. So I was a bit apprehensive as I steeped this one. But I trusted Auggy’s judgment to lead me in the right direction.

This tea smells delicious in the cup. It’s a rich red hue, with a lovely vanilla scent that invites you to just stick you face into the cup and breathe. AHHHH. Smooth and rich vanilla.

The taste actually surprised me, because it’s deep and rich! I wasn’t expecting such a strong black flavor! At the forefront of the taste is definitely the rich taste of raw chocolate nubs. And then the vanilla hits, in a sweet, sweet wash of natural-tasting goodness. It’s gentle, but not cloying. It doesn’t talk down to you. Or try to sell you something you don’t want. It just invites you in for a stay, and wraps you in a hug.

I know I’m going to be staying up late, so caffeine is not an issue. However, on a normal day, this flavor would be perfect for night-time. My mom is really allergic to caffeine, but she can muster a sip or two of tea. She loved this one, and also wished that it was available decaf as well.

More yumminess from Auggy! She’s two for two! And this just shows me that yes, flavored tea can actually be really delicious and natural-tasting, instead of fake and disgusting.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Auggy

“It just invites you in for a stay, and wraps you in a hug.”
Aww, yay! This is one of my cuddle teas that I want to snuggle with when the day is not going well. Glad to know that aspect brews up in other teapots, too! :)

Jillian

Damn that tea sounds good! I knew I added it to my Shopping List for a reason! ;)

tease

Ooo, that sounds delicious. I think I need me some of that.

teaplz

What I really loved about it is how nice and subtle the vanilla is! It’s not overpowering or cloying. Just yummy and comfortable. The black tea is also interesting-tasting – it’s from Vietnam, and I’m not sure I’ve had tea from that region before.

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Auggy

“It just invites you in for a stay, and wraps you in a hug.”
Aww, yay! This is one of my cuddle teas that I want to snuggle with when the day is not going well. Glad to know that aspect brews up in other teapots, too! :)

Jillian

Damn that tea sounds good! I knew I added it to my Shopping List for a reason! ;)

tease

Ooo, that sounds delicious. I think I need me some of that.

teaplz

What I really loved about it is how nice and subtle the vanilla is! It’s not overpowering or cloying. Just yummy and comfortable. The black tea is also interesting-tasting – it’s from Vietnam, and I’m not sure I’ve had tea from that region before.

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

I also am the happy girlfriend of the boy that created the tea randomizer, which can be found here: http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php

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