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Thank you to Mackie for this sample, and also the wonderful brewing session yesterday! I really needed some strong blacks to get me through my very long day today; I’m glad I had this in my bag to brew between classes.

1.5 tsp in hot (but not boiling) water, ~650 mL water used. No idea how long it steeped, however long it took me to walk between classes, I suppose (maybe 4 minutes?)

The loose leaf smells wonderful: cocoa, milk, and fruit.

The brew also smells nice, but mostly of rich cocoa and petrichor. It smells like hot chocolate. :)

In terms of taste, this has plenty of flavor without being bitter or overly tannic. Most notably, the roasted cocoa or coffee bean flavor (dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted aromatic coffee beans), plenty of tannins, maybe a bit of milk (but not malty/grain). I would not describe this tea as fruity as others have, but it is definitely rich and aromatic.

I’m going to be buying this in my next Yunnan order for sure! I love the rich dark chocolate flavor.

Flavors: Cocoa, Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Milk, petrichor, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

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Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, mushroom/fungus,

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Animal products: [confectioners glaze, gelatine, marshmallows, whey, lactose, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb) or stevia

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