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drank Hot Chocolate by DAVIDsTEA
58 tasting notes

Advent Calendar [11/24]

I wasn’t entirely looking forward to this one. The scent reminded me of the chocolate teas I was once obsessed with when I got into teas several years ago. I knew it had Stevia and natural flavouring as well. I’m not entirely opposed to all added flavours (I probably wouldn’t go to David’s if I was), but it has to be done well.

I found this tea to be very smoky with a mild hint of chocolate at the end. Better yet, I found it to be like cocoa powder mixed in water that’s been boiled over a campfire. I wasn’t pleased or displeased. It was just sort of weird. I think it took me most of the morning to sip down.

This morning, I’m going to make myself a tea latte using this tea. If I had eggnog, it would probably make a fantastic eggnog latte. We shall see how it goes.

[Rating has been updated to reflect tea as a latte]

Flavors: Campfire, Chocolate, Dirt, Earth, Roast nuts, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My foray into steeping happened with tin of Oreo cookie and salted chocolate caramel tea, back in college in 2009. I probably bought them for the novelty more than the taste— which sounds like a reason for many of my college-era purchases. The lovely little tea store was bought out by David’s Tea soon after I finished college. While I do enjoy getting tea from places other than malls, it’s difficult to find quality without going online. Most of my stash ends up being from there due to convenience.

I’m an early childhood educator. Tea is a big part of my daily life. I’ve yet to find anything as soothing and as energizing as it.

I’m on a big kick of blacks and herbals, especially straight ones.

90-100: Must get more of this. One sample isn’t enough.
80-89: Great! Would drink it again sometime
60-79: Decent, but probably won’t go back for more
40-59: Glad I tried, but one cup is enough
~40: No thanks. Never again!

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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