This blend smells just like a chocolate cake—it’s hard to describe, but there’s even that moist, freshly-baked quality to it. In terms of flavor, it’s very authentically chocolatey as well, with a touch of liqueur-like, cherry sweetness. Most chocolate-flavored teas I’ve encountered outside of Butiki are downright unpleasant, so this was a nice surprise. (“It wasn’t nasty” might not sound like high praise, but for teas of this category it is!)

The tea base, however, is not that great. There is not much to be said about it, and it has an acidic quality that makes the blend less enjoyable. So, in terms of authentic flavoring it’s a win, but could do with a better backdrop.

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I grew up in a tea-loving family, and tea has always been a part of daily life. I’m still astounded by the amount of tea and teaware back home every time I visit! While I’m most familiar with straight Chinese teas, I’m growing to explore and appreciate other types of tea, including blended and flavored ones. A good blend can reflect the thought and creativity that was put into making it, instead of being too sweet or busy in a way that gives the “genre” a bad rap.

-most black teas (even lapsang)
-most oolongs, especially Fujian teas, baozhong and dancong
-straight white teas

Variable (some are great, some not so):
-most green teas
-tie guan yin
-flavored white teas

90-100: definite repurchase if possible, recommended
80-90: enjoyed, possible repurchase
70-80: fair to good
60-70: fair with some shortcomings
50-60: there’s still a chance I’d take this if it were free
under 50: absolutely not


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