My cup smells like chocolate caramel nut praline, with maybe a hint of salt, and it’s the best thing ever. Today, the aroma even matches the taste, which wasn’t the case the other night! While it was enjoyable yesterday, in the way of generic chocolate-nut teas, it wasn’t quite at this level of awesome.

The main flavours I’m picking up are chocolate and hazelnut- so essentially nutella. The pecans become more prevalent as I sip through the cup too. Caramel is secondary and comes in waves of gooey goodness.

This has made the room smell incredible. Now I don’t want to leave.

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Nutty, Pecan

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike or stay away from: apple, cocoa nibs, marine, peach, stevia, dairy products

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

90-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

85-89: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-84: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.


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