This is only my second genmaicha…and I still haven’t managed to have a completely green one. Ive had this one a while but haven’t tried it yet because, well, I kinda forgot I bought it.

1st Steep-3 minutes
I normally steep my black blended teas 5 minutes on the first steep but I am going to listen to David because I think he knows better than me. This steep was AMAZING. The roasty flavor from the Wuyi oolong and the rice. And the chocolate—-oh my good Lord, the chocolate. It was the most beautiful, natural chocolate flavor I have ever found in a tea. It is such a beautiful, smooth tea.

2nd Steep-6 minutes
It still has that toasted rice flavor but the chocolate is even more apparent. Not as strong a cup as the previous steep but still plenty flavorful.

3rd Steep-9 minutes
Honey, caramel and still a bit of that toasty rice flavor. Not so much chocolate but the flavors that were present were lovely.

I think this one will be the standard against which every other chocolate tea will be judged. It was perfect. It was smooth and toasty and very chocolaty. I am already holding myself back from ordering more.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Don’t hold back! Get it before its gone!!


I do have a voucher…So yeah probably tonight will be when the willpower dies.

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Don’t hold back! Get it before its gone!!


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Book blogger. Hockey fan. Reformed coffee drinker. Newly minted tea addict. I grammar police myself and no one else. Pu’er lover.

My favorite type of tea is pu’er. I can see myself living in a house alone with just pu’er cakes, a electric tea kettle, my trusty pu’er pick from Mandala and a thermos. I prefer ripe pu’er but love raw pu’er as well. My current favorite is the Special Dark from Mandala Tea.

Black Tea-I also love all forms of black tea. Black tea is where I started and I still love the malty loveliness of a good black tea. My current favorite is Grandpa’s Anytime Tea from Butiki.

Green Tea-Green tea is pretty hit and miss with me. I have never really developed a liking towards it. I have been dying to explore green tea more. Especially matcha and genmaicha. My current favorite is Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green from Verdant Tea.

Herbals/Mate-It depends on what’s in them. I gravitate more to herbs and spices rather than fruit flavors. My current favorite is Fired Up Fennel from Davids Tea.

I love mate (and guayusa). It helped me kick my coffee habit to one cup a day. I will try any blend with mate in it. My current favorite is Chocolate Rocket from Davids Tea.

White Tea-Sadly, I haven’t tried many white teas but I am planning on it very soon.

Oolong Tea-I have tried one or two oolong teas but in blends only. I am dying to try a straight oolong. My current favorite is Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea.

Rooibos-I love rooibos blends but they are very hit and miss with me. I love the woodiness of rooibos. My favorite is currently Oh Canada from Davids Tea.

Flavored Tea-I love flavored teas. I am willing to try just about any flavor combination and the weirder the better. My current favorite flavored tea is Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha by Verdant Tea.

I am always searching for a tea with fig or chili in it.

My favorite tea companies-Mandala Tea (their Phatty Cake was my first ever “Oh My God” tea moment), Butiki Teas, Verdant Tea, and Davids Tea


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