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You know, I was all relaxed and calm, enjoying a very mellow tea and just letting my week kind of melt away… and then I tried typing the name of this tea into the search bar. Xocolatl… no… xocalatl… no… xocatl… no… xocotlatl… no… XOCATLATL! I’m pretty sure I could have just rolled my face across the keyboard a few times and come closer. Ugh.

Anyway… so, we bought a huge list of samples from SerendipiTea, taking advantage of their $2.50 samples. Only, they seem to have sent us 1 oz samples. So it’s like we got a bunch of free tea that we weren’t expecting. Well, plus they sent us a package of a free tea that we weren’t expecting. So, double bonus. Overall, really pleased with this order… but it seems too good to be true, so I’m wondering if there’s some sort of mistake either with our order or their website.

So, there’s a lot going on with this tea. The aroma smells mostly of cinnamon and mint, and if there’s anything else hiding between those two, I don’t smell it. Overall quite pleasant.

Drinking this tea, I’m really reminded of the expression ‘Jack of all Trades, Master of None’. The flavors of this tea are all very, very subtle. A little cinnamon, ginger… start tasting the mint and the vanilla… and somewhere after the swallow you get a hint of chocolate, along with the lingering mint flavor and a teensy bit of the ‘woodsy’ kangaroo taste.

I don’t really taste the black tea in there at all. I might notice if it was gone, but I’m definitely not feeling like it’s there… if that makes any sense. But then, you could probably say that about any one particular flavor within this tea. The various flavors really blend together well, but they blend together in a very subtle, passive way, which Missy thinks may be because she only steeped it for 3 minutes. I just think there are so many flavors, that none of them can be strong. By your powers combined… Xocolat… xocalat.. xocl… nevermind.

Anyway, there’s some sort of weird disconnect between this tea, and the description of this tea on their website. It’s totally different, it’s like you’re talking about two different teas. The website mentions nothing about ginger, cinnamon or clove (but it is a chai, after all). And the bag doesn’t mention that there is kangaroo in it (which is so totally apparent).

I don’t know, it’s all very weird. My understanding is that SerendipiTea is a bit of a small shop though, so it might just be a matter of not keeping up with variations. I’d say it would be something to watch out for… but I like their teas too much to be that put off by it. If I didn’t already have a relationship with their tea though, I’d probably be pretty upset.

Am I objective enough to lower the rating for that… nope, not really. I’ll send them an email though :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Aztec word for Chocolate….(also street word for opium…looked it up)…but can’t for the life of me figure out why there is mint? cinnamon and chili pepper yes but mint and ginger sounds out of place ginger not being native to the new world and vanilla sounds right and often almond in the Azteca del Oro recipes.
GLAD you got big samples! I love mail like that (don’t get it often!!!) Lucky you!

Azzrian

My head is spinning but I totally LOL’d at imagining your face rolling on your keyboard!

TeaBrat

good idea to send an e-mail! I hope the rest of your samples are more to your liking…

Missy

haha street word for opium! I will totally remember that. :D

Dylan Oxford

Okay, how? How could that possibly be a street word for opium? Hey man… I need some schocktackle. Err… no wait, I need some exactoladles. No, not what I mean man, I need the chocolowaddle… Can’t we just go back to calling it a sweater? I need a sweater man, it’s cold.

Bonnie

U r so funny!

Kittenna

Clearly, the kangaroo is there. Can’t you taste it?!

(Hahahahahahaha, you are going to confuse so many people :P)

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Bonnie

Aztec word for Chocolate….(also street word for opium…looked it up)…but can’t for the life of me figure out why there is mint? cinnamon and chili pepper yes but mint and ginger sounds out of place ginger not being native to the new world and vanilla sounds right and often almond in the Azteca del Oro recipes.
GLAD you got big samples! I love mail like that (don’t get it often!!!) Lucky you!

Azzrian

My head is spinning but I totally LOL’d at imagining your face rolling on your keyboard!

TeaBrat

good idea to send an e-mail! I hope the rest of your samples are more to your liking…

Missy

haha street word for opium! I will totally remember that. :D

Dylan Oxford

Okay, how? How could that possibly be a street word for opium? Hey man… I need some schocktackle. Err… no wait, I need some exactoladles. No, not what I mean man, I need the chocolowaddle… Can’t we just go back to calling it a sweater? I need a sweater man, it’s cold.

Bonnie

U r so funny!

Kittenna

Clearly, the kangaroo is there. Can’t you taste it?!

(Hahahahahahaha, you are going to confuse so many people :P)

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My fiancé and I are beginning to enjoy tea infusion, and it’s slowly becoming an interesting hobby that the two of us can share. Maybe not slowly… it’s somewhat amazing how much tea you can buy when everything looks shiny and new.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

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