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drank Toffe Bar Chai by 52teas
933 tasting notes

Backlog from October 9th:

This tea smells so strongly of chocolate. It’s unbelievable. The spice is also present, a sweet spice, possibly cardamom. In fact, in the teaspoon I just scooped there is a whole green cardamom pod mixed in with the cocoa nibs and shells and the black tea leaves.

I let this cool 10 minutes according to the package directions. The chocolate is the strongest flavor here and not the watered down chocolate flavor I’ve had in other dessert teas. It’s such a rich chocolate but not quite like a hot chocolate. I can taste the base tea through the chocolate notes.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 205 degrees + 9 minutes

After the longer steep, I let this cool for 6 minutes. This second cup is much lighter than the first. I no longer taste any chocolate – the spices are much more prevalent. But even those are light. I can just barely taste the cardamom now.

Overall, I think it’s plain to see that I’m a fan of this one. It’s definitely one of the best chocolate teas I’ve had. I didn’t really taste any toffee flavors this time around, but I’m hopeful they’ll be present in future cups. A+ on this one!

Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

So envious. I don’t recall chocolate being a dominant scent or flavour in this one. I’ll give the leaf more of a shake and steep again.

Shae

Maybe that will help! I plan on doing the same to see if I can find some of the toffee flavor.

Evol Ving Ness

My memory of this tea is gingerbread with caramelized bits of flavour. Delicious. I am looking forward to another cup or two some time soon.

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Evol Ving Ness

So envious. I don’t recall chocolate being a dominant scent or flavour in this one. I’ll give the leaf more of a shake and steep again.

Shae

Maybe that will help! I plan on doing the same to see if I can find some of the toffee flavor.

Evol Ving Ness

My memory of this tea is gingerbread with caramelized bits of flavour. Delicious. I am looking forward to another cup or two some time soon.

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I prefer to sweeten my tea as it seems to bring out the flavor. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, chocolate, bergamot, chai spices, cinnamon, cream, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, stone fruits, coconut, valerian root

Not a fan
Lime, white teas (someone tell me what I’m doing wrong with these!), most green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice

I’m open to tea swaps! Just reach out if you see something I have that you want to try.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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