After having the last infusion of my Sugar Caramel Oolong leaves this morning, I decided I needed to have a bit of caffeine. I chose this one because I love mate and the other chocolate mate I’ve had (Malted Chocomate) is one of my all time favorite teas. I’ve also heard a lot of great things about this company. So here goes…

Initially, the scent of the dry tea was a bit strange – mate, chocolate, and a kick of something else that truly reminds me of hard liquor. The dry tea is very pretty though and reminds me of espresso hued confetti. After brewing, the tea was very strange when taken plain – initially tasting of chocolate but dissolving into that strange liquor taste. I added a bit of sugar and milk which made a huge difference. The liquor (I’m thinking whiskey) taste is still present, but slightly muted and is blending with the other flavors pretty nicely.

I’m liking this more as I’m drinking it, but I’m still not sure about it. I feel like I shouldn’t be drinking something so whiskey-like this early in the morning. I’m halfway expecting to feel a buzz coming on…

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap



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