Ok so this is soooo much better when done right!!! Can I marry a tea? *sighs
I think I’m so smitten because I was somewhat meh about it before and didn’t expect much out of it. This time, I used my steeper (the one that pours out the bottom) and I guess I’m over my flu!
Anyhow, this is definitely a complex tea. I have a couple “chai” teas in my arsenal so it was nice to find one that stands apart, though I would not consider this a true chai at all.
When I first take a sip, I taste malty tea with a slight chocolate edge. When it’s hot, the chocolate really rides ahead on the vapors but not so much as it cools down.
The tea itself tastes a bit thin(again, not a true chai), which I think is part of what I was tasting before-even though the flavour is potent and full. Also, I am getting a bit of the sourness that comes naturally with tea, but not in a bad way. I usually dislike that sour effect but in this tea it really complements the flavour, balancing it against the sweetness that I find in the back of my throat when I roll it around. (and I added no sugar to boot, and I almost always add sugar to my black teas, even if it’s only a third of a teaspoon. I suppose the chocolate took care of that for me, but not much)
As for the peppercorns, well they aren’t so much something that I can taste… more of a burn after I swallow. Ahhhh!! It’s a nice refreshing burn that I cannot get enough of! I like how I feel it everywhere, not just in the throat like with most alcohols- not to mention it’s milder.
Also, I tried it with some milk and found I like it better without. However, I think this would make an amazing latte.

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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