This one was interesting. I could kind of taste something sort of chocolate in the first steep or two. Not as strong as tea with chocolate flavoring added but maybe like you had a cup of hot cocoa and then decided to make tea in the same cup without rinsing it out very well first. I hoped the chocolatey flavors would last through all the steeps but it became more savory instead. It reminded me of when I’ve added a pinch of salt to my tea…I’m on a high-sodium diet for chronic low blood pressure, there isn’t much I haven’t tried adding salt to. It wasn’t super salty like your average packaged broth/stock but it seemed slightly salty compared to most of the teas in my stash. The really oily mouthfeel was a new experience for me too. It made me think of broth even more, or maybe heavy cream. I was disappointed it didn’t last for many steeps but I think I could probably make it go longer with less water and hotter water. The thermos I had my water in didn’t hold the heat as well as I would have liked and I was using a mug with an infuser thingie, just eyeballing the water level at about 1/3 of a mug. Next time I’ll try a smaller brewing vessel. I think I like Smoove Cocoa enough to finish the cute little mini tong but I’m not sure yet whether it’ll go on my re-order list.

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I may have a mild to moderate tea addiction. Black, white, green, pu-erh, it doesn’t matter. I’m a little on the fence about oolongs but I’m starting to think I’m just particular about how they’re brewed. I haven’t tried any yellows yet but they’re on my wishlist so I can have a complete rainbow of tea. My tea problem is bad enough that I don’t necessarily even need tea in my tea, most herbals are welcome in my house too.

Favorites: jasmine, moonlight white, shou mei, chenpi/tangerine peel, violet, rose, Mengku sheng (especially autumn), anji bai cha, taiping houkui, blooming tea balls, tulsi/holy basil, chamomile

Dislikes: red rooibos, eucalyptus, allspice, flavorings of unknown origin, pumpkin, apple, banana, annoying flower petals that don’t add any flavor but are thrown in to look pretty (they tend to float and get in my way if I brew tea grandpa style)


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