drank Cocoa Mint by Rishi Tea
540 tasting notes

Trying to sip down some teas and tisanes that won’t exactly complement the upcoming spring weather. Made a big ol’ pot of this Cocoa Mint tisane the other night. 5 Tbsp, 1L, 5 min. Enough to share 3 big mugs.

I really liked this. In my tin, it smelled exactly like those cinnamon and peppermint candy sticks enrobed in a dark chocolate coating. Murky, cinnamon colored brew. Very well balanced aroma and taste between fresh and cooling peppermint, warm and spicy cinnamon, a perfect clove accent and a luscious chocolate flavor that I wish was more pronounced but there’s really nothing to complain about. Even has some body. I usually strongly dislike cinnamon and mint together but somehow Rishi hooked me with this one.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Clove, Peppermint

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 15 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, sheng puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, GABA oolong. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog, matcha latte and golden milk.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings, just nothing cloying. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

I abandoned both my preference reference and the recording of detailed steeping parameters in January 2020, favoring a focus on qualitative descriptions. At this point, I am still comfortable toggling the “Not/Recommended” button.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.


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