This tea smells like feet.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely a lot of chocolate and a little mint in there too. But the first thing I thought of shoving my nose into the little pouch of this I’ve got was a big pair of spent-the-day-walking-in-flip-flops gams. And it’s hard to get over a first impression like that. I’m not disgusted by feet like many people seem to be (in fact, I think they look kinda cool), but the smell of ’em is not what I expect when I open a foil bag of green tea.

Pouring some hot water over the leafy paws brings out the chocolate a lot more, but there’s still a distinct note of not-so-fresh feet. I’m not getting much mint from this scent, a notable feat given how dominating just a hint can be.

The liquor’s an unremarkable yellow color but a few minutes into the steep is beginning to let out some leafy green tea scent. Fortunately, that foot nonsense mostly vanishes when you get to tasting it, but it’s definitely still present – likely because it still smells that way. It’s all chocolate at first, a fake candy-coating sort of chocolate that isn’t as unpleasant as that description sounds. It leaves behind a mild freshness to remind you that there is, in fact, mint involved here, but there’s only the faintest flavor of green tea.

I’m liking this more as it cools down, and in fact raised my rating a bit as a result. This might be best iced – definitely gotta try it.

Still smells like feet, though.

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This is the joint account of Cash and Chris, two American University seniors and roommates with a love of tea and a shared collection that makes two separate accounts pretty pointless. Each tasting note is signed by which one of us wrote it.

In our photo, Chris is on the left in the plaid and Cash on the right in the poncho.

Cash is studying psychology and works at the Apple Store. He enjoys drumming, overanalyzing, and hoarding.

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