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drank Velvet Tea by Art of Tea
186 tasting notes

WHAT IS THIS.

This tea is bizarre. And weird. And unnerving. And completely different tasting than it initially suggests.

Ugh.

The leaves. Well, they smell great! There’s sweet, fruit-like scents, but the dominant smell is definitely mint and chocolate and rooibos. Not bad at all. I figured it’d be a mint chocolate tea with a smooth consistency, right? Right?

WRONG.

I should have known when I smelled the wet leaves and it smelled almost tart and pungent. And I thought to myself, what’s going on here? The cup smelled faintly minty, but there was definitely nothing chocolate-like going on.

So I took the first sip… and I’m mainly getting rooibos and stale apple. Like those dehydrated apple chips but not as sweet and more tart. Dehydrated Granny Smiths. There we go. This is followed not by the taste of mint, but by the sensation of mint. But it’s not a fresh feeling. Instead, it’s almost tingly, and at points, was making my throat scratchy. No chocolate was anywhere to be tasted, even though I definitely saw cocoa residue in my filter. And the touch of vanilla? Not there at all. Just weirdly tart apple mixed with pencil shavings and chased by year-old Listerine tinglyness.

Blech. I mean, it wasn’t really as offputting as it was just ultimately bizarre. My mind was expecting one thing, my taste buds were sensing another thing, and everything was upside-down.

Now I’m not sure what I’m going to be doing with the rest of it. It’s too weird to drink.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
LENA

so…not velvety, eh?

tease

…Is it guaranteed to be tea?

teaplz

Hahaha! You both just made me laugh. And yeah, neither velvety or tea-like, really. More like an unfortunate, disappointing mess.

Ricky

Another rooibos bites the dust! So unfortunate =(

bonnievantastic

sorry to hear this one wasn’t good – sounded like it would have worked.

Jillian

I hear rooibos can make good compost – something I’ll be trying with some of the teas in my own cupboard this spring. ;)

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LENA

so…not velvety, eh?

tease

…Is it guaranteed to be tea?

teaplz

Hahaha! You both just made me laugh. And yeah, neither velvety or tea-like, really. More like an unfortunate, disappointing mess.

Ricky

Another rooibos bites the dust! So unfortunate =(

bonnievantastic

sorry to hear this one wasn’t good – sounded like it would have worked.

Jillian

I hear rooibos can make good compost – something I’ll be trying with some of the teas in my own cupboard this spring. ;)

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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.

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