2018 Smoove Cocoa Minis

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Bitter, Broth, Caramel, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Mushrooms, Spicy, Wood, Chocolate, Earth, Mineral, Molasses, Salty, Umami, Fruity, Sweet, Creamy, Wet Earth
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Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 7 g 6 oz / 179 ml

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  • “It seems like there isn’t a consensus whether this tea is cocoa-like or not. I feel like I land somewhere in between. As far as the liquor goes, to me it mostly tastes like mushroom broth with a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Gongfu! Wednesday morning there was filming going on in the tea lab all morning and they needed the lab to be completely quiet/empty for the duration so I decided to work from home during the...” Read full tasting note
    77
  • “Thanks, Kawaii433, for sharing one of these. Sadly, I got absolutely nothing from this shou :( And my coin was only 6.2g compared to others’ 7g. The dry leaf smelled only of chocolate and...” Read full tasting note
    50
  • “Certainly lives up to its name. The wet leaves and liquor smell like freshly baked chocolate cake. The first brews are very strong and dark, they taste like chocolate with smooth cocoa notes....” Read full tasting note
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It seems like there isn’t a consensus whether this tea is cocoa-like or not. I feel like I land somewhere in between. As far as the liquor goes, to me it mostly tastes like mushroom broth with a bit of a woody flavour. However, in the aftertaste I do get some chocolate note, as well as the kind of dry cocoa butter aftertaste.

The tea has a decent balance with some bitterness, spicy notes in the aftertaste and mild caramel sweetness, but ultimately it does lean quite heavily on the umami side of things.

Flavors: Bitter, Broth, Caramel, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Mushrooms, Spicy, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Gongfu!

Wednesday morning there was filming going on in the tea lab all morning and they needed the lab to be completely quiet/empty for the duration so I decided to work from home during the morning since my desk is in the lab and I didn’t really want to share a workspace with someone in the main part of the office. I really enjoy having the flexibility to do that on occaison when my workload permits. Most of my job duties, like lab testing and tastings, can’t be done from home – so it’s nice when it works out.

I got to save the hour of time I would have spent commuting and use it instead for an early morning Gongfu session – and I decided that shou was exactly what I wanted. I think I bought these mini coins last Black Friday, and it’s almost been a year without trying them so I decided to dig them out and give ’em a whirl! Since it was the day before Halloween, I also blasted the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack. It was a good time!

Tea was thick – very oily/heavy mouthfeel. A bit shroomy in it’s umami/earthy overall profile. I felt, in a couple infusions, more like I was drinking some sort of umami bomb type of soup stock – but a really good stock. Other infusions were more the petrichor sweetness that I really like in a shou. I guess with a name like “Smoove Cocoa” I expected more overall sweetness and, you know, some type of cocoa or chocolate note – but that’s not what I got. Still very nice though!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4P876BB0L_/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vBrSWZnB9c

Really, as I said above, it was the whole album that I was listening to but this is the RHPS song that I had stuck in my head the whole week leading up to Halloween…

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Thanks, Kawaii433, for sharing one of these.

Sadly, I got absolutely nothing from this shou :( And my coin was only 6.2g compared to others’ 7g. The dry leaf smelled only of chocolate and molasses; steeped grandpa in 16oz of boiling water, the faint aroma was the same with an earthy addition. Taste had a hint of sweet cream and fruit on the sip followed mineral, dry earth and some kind of umami I perceived as cheese with no noticeable cocoa, mouthfeel or feelings of relaxation. Savory, not cocoa-like at all. Is it my allergies or is it bunk? Seems very basic to me, which isn’t a bad thing at all, but where da cocoa? And I only did a half refill before deciding nah.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Mineral, Molasses, Salty, Umami

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 6 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kawaii433

Aw derk, but you’re very welcome <3. I get a lot of cocoa though. Aw. I agree with it being on the basic side though, as the price is hehe (inexpensive).

derk

Oh yeah, I see that short stack is $0.14/g. I don’t drink a lot of shou so I don’t know if that’s a good price but it is a clean shou, which is nice. I had some issues yesterday so maybe my mood influenced the experience. shrug

Kawaii433

derk, I hope you get your issues sorted out. (hugs)

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Certainly lives up to its name. The wet leaves and liquor smell like freshly baked chocolate cake.
The first brews are very strong and dark, they taste like chocolate with smooth cocoa notes. There is some fruit shining through, but not much. Later brews begin to lose the chocolate notes, the tea becomes more woody and creamy.
There are also some sour metallic notes later on, but it might be due to the groundwater I use for my tea.
I recommend this for those who like dark chocolate and cocoa.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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Ohhhh how i love these Cocoa Minis
The taste got cocoa, sweetness ,fruityness and no wet pile
Just awesome

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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118 tasting notes

Smooth and chocolate-y. As advertised.

Flavors: Chocolate

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Some more notes:

1:47 am and decided to finish up a package and my crazy (Cameron said bananas lol) Sunday went into Monday and now entered Tuesday! I accidentally printed the shipping label on an Avery label sheet (the kind with lots of little labels) instead of a plain sheet of paper and made a typo in my own name. Oh man.

I’m going to make another order with White2Tea soon and thought I’d revisit this. I like it. Hardly any fermentation flavors, and it’s a good daily drinker. Sweet, smooth, chocolatey. I have a cake of it but these mini disks are just way cute (and convenient) but more expensive per gram, of course. Ugh lol. I’m a slave to cuteness. I’m trying to talk myself out of it. If anyone would understand, I know you all would lol.

7g mini, Yixing gaiwan, 212°F, rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 35s (this is where I’m at right now).

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
Cameron B.

I’m also a sucker for cuteness, like dragon pearls! :)

Mastress Alita

My chou kawaii weakness it looking at teaware on Etsy, sometimes for hours on end… T_T

Kawaii433

hehe to the both of you. I knew I was in good company :D

Cameron B.

@Alita – Looking is better than buying. ;)

Kawaii433

Top 5 of my favorite words:

Oniochalasia – buying or shopping as a method of stress relief or relaxation,

/cry

Cameron B.

I can so relate. A little online retail therapy always makes me less grumpy… ❤

Kawaii433

lol @Cameron B.
And you’re right… The looking part is better than buying.

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