This is a tea that I have sent to others but never actually tried myself. Mostly because I didn’t really want it in the first place but rather it was simply cheaper for me to order the Holiday box than the other three teas individually. This just came as a bonus (and I am not a huge fan of the chocolate orange combination at the best of times so I wasn’t that excited). Then when I tried and hated all the other teas in that order, I sort of pushed off drinking this one. However, I have had it for a couple months and figured I should try it sooner or later as it might surprise me.

Tbh, I was surprised because I actually liked it the best out of all the ones in the holiday box. And by that, I mean I might be able to finish the box but the rest is being sent away. That means I am either going to send it in the swap to Roswell Strange or add it to the swap I am planning with Cavocorax if either of you want it.

Tastewise, there is orange and there is chocolate but there is also a bit of dustiness that I am not enjoying, probably from the cocoa powder. It isn’t horrible really, it is just not for me. Being a Teavana tea and a flavor I am not really a huge fan of, it was doomed from the start.

ETA: As I continue to sip, I don’t really realize the dusty quality so that may have been a fluke. Instead I am getting strong orange at the start of my sip that slowly transitions to chocolate with a slight chili kick. Still not for me but not as bad as the initial sip. Now I am off to get dressed and go to the gym.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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