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Happy National Coconut Torte Day! My selection today is an herbal blend, so I won’t be reviewing it until this evening. So I’m using this morning to instead finish off the last two teas of my initial sixteen for March Mad(Hatter)ness!

Fourteenth tea for March Mad(Hatter)ness! This is for the mixed tea/misc. round, going against TeaSource’s Minnesota N’Ice.

I have previously reviewed this tea here: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/390883 . This is an opened packet, bought in 2018, from B&B’s Bluebird days. I have always really enjoyed the dry leaf aroma of this one, it is such a nice chocolately smell! Brewed 3.5g leaf in 450ml 205F water for 3 minutes.

The steeped tea smells like cocoa, and I’m getting a bit of a dark bittersweet aroma that smells like a cross between dark chocolate and coffee. I’m also getting a strong coconut aroma despite there not being any in the blend (perhaps a vanilla or cream flavoring present?) I see that I originally got the coconut as well, so at least my nose is being consistent! Also getting a bit of a burnt toffee vibe.

The flavor is nice. I’m definitely tasting more of a dark chocolate/bittersweet cocoa note than a sweet and creamy milk chocolate, and considering I am quite fond of that flavor, I’m not particularly fussed by it. There is a sweetness there, sort of a mix of coconut and caramel notes, and I’m also getting a roasty vibe from the genmaicha, though paired with the darker bittersweet flavors, that roastiness is actually leaning more towards coffee/chicory to me. The tea isn’t astringent, it’s actually a very smooth cup, but I have to wonder why there is even green tea in this? One can easily add genmai to a blend without adding genmaicha and I wonder if the fact I brewed this as a black means the green leaf has added to some of the sharper/bitter notes in the chocolate. Unless that was the intent, but I doubt it… Easter Egg Nests seem more of a milk chocolate treat to me?

I do really like the flavor of this tea, but I always taste either a Mounds candy bar (not a bad thing!) or a coconut-milk mocha (also not a bad thing!) rather than Easter Egg Nests when I drink it. So while I enjoy the flavor, since it seems to somewhat miss the mark on its concept for me, Minnesota N’Ice moves on!

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Candy, Caramel, Cocoa, Coconut, Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Nutty, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Toffee

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 15 OZ / 450 ML
tea-sipper

I was going to say that B&B sometimes means houjicha in a blend rather than green tea but looking at that picture, NOPE it definitely looks like green tea.

Mastress Alita

It is possible to get just the genmai (toasted rice) separately, so if they wanted that to be in the blend, it isn’t necessary to also add green tea leaf. Just seemed an odd choice!

tea-sipper

Yeah, though I swear in my blend it looks like houjicha… I’m going to look.

tea-sipper

The green tea in my blend looks darker than the green tea in the photo, but also not houjicha. And it doesn’t look like a ton of green tea is there. I’m surprised I don’t notice it more in the flavor though.

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tea-sipper

I was going to say that B&B sometimes means houjicha in a blend rather than green tea but looking at that picture, NOPE it definitely looks like green tea.

Mastress Alita

It is possible to get just the genmai (toasted rice) separately, so if they wanted that to be in the blend, it isn’t necessary to also add green tea leaf. Just seemed an odd choice!

tea-sipper

Yeah, though I swear in my blend it looks like houjicha… I’m going to look.

tea-sipper

The green tea in my blend looks darker than the green tea in the photo, but also not houjicha. And it doesn’t look like a ton of green tea is there. I’m surprised I don’t notice it more in the flavor though.

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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, 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 condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

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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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-Spices/chais
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There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
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-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!

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I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

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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.

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