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Throwback Thursday! So I decided to make a cup of this tea this morning, as my memory of it was that it tasted like York Peppermint Patties or Thin Mints, and it is Girl Scout Cookie season, so it seemed appropriate. (I just got my haul: four boxes of Samoas which is obviously my fav, a box of Tagalongs, and a box of Trefoils, since I’ve taken a liking to dipping shortbread cookies in black tea). This is one of my oldest teas, so I may mark this for sipdown… but it also has a pu-erh base, so I’m hoping this has held up well despite the age, and may continue to do so if I continue to put it off a bit longer?

I don’t know if I would wax poetic as much about this tea as I did when I originally reviewed it, but back then, I still hadn’t tried as many teas yet. I’m sure at the time of that review, it probably was the best tea I’d had up to that point and deserved the rating I gave it then; dropping the rating from my previous 95 now isn’t so much that it “no longer holds up,” but more that I have a better baseline of comparison now. That said, I still really enjoy this one. It is a very smooth pu-erh without any overly fermented tastes that I often get from the pu’s used as bases in flavored blends. I wouldn’t even say this is a particularly “earthy” tea; rather I get these lovely notes of a very natural cocoa and a sort of refreshing, wintergreen pine sort of flavor that feels brisk and refreshing on the tongue. The tea has notes of chocolate but isn’t a heavy, sweet chocolate tea, leaving more of a layer of bittersweet dark chocolate beneath a very strong brisk mint flavor that really pops in the mouth and lingers in the aftertaste. The tea is even still quite nice as it starts to cool. I usually avoid chocolate teas iced, but I’m curious to try doing an iced tea of this as an experiment, because I think with the strong minty profile it would hold up nicely. That is going on the to-do list.

So, still loving this. I still attest it is like York Peppermint Patties or Thin Mints in a cup, though not quite as heavy as those two things on the chocolate. I’ll probably rebrew this on my lunch break because it’s really hitting the spot!

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Mint, Peppermint, Pine, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 400 ML
Kawaii433

Hmm, that’s the only time I like mint… With chocolate :D. Sounds yummy.

tea-sipper

Samoas and Tagalongs were always my two favorites… and those gooey strawberry cookies they discontinued ages ago.

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Kawaii433

Hmm, that’s the only time I like mint… With chocolate :D. Sounds yummy.

tea-sipper

Samoas and Tagalongs were always my two favorites… and those gooey strawberry cookies they discontinued ages ago.

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, RuPaul’s Drag Race, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little apartment!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
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-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
-Floral/lavender/rose
-Spices/chais
-Fruity
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-Bergamot (in moderation)
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Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Grapefruit (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Currently Sipping Down: Art of Tea’s Dark Chocolate Peppermint, Strand’s Green Paradise Rooibos, TeaSource’s Strawberries and Cream

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating.

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