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I almost don’t want to admit how long it took me to figure out the plastic piece across the top of the package. But I figured it’d out. I did it. All by myself, and before drinking my tea!

The dry leaves smell so strongly of cocoa! I had my mom smell them because I thought it so novel, but she couldn’t smell anything. :/ I did a short Western-style first steep, and on top of the chocolate smell is… grapes? Yes, that there be a grape smell.

Oh, it tastes just as good as it smells. How can this be? Just when I think all of my socks have been blown off… A bit vegetative/vegetal/planty taste peeking through. I totally skipped the sweetener on this one because it smelled so great I didn’t want to risk ruining it.

I wish it would cool down faster. So I can drink it faster.

Second steep called for sweetener, as it’s turned more vegetal than the first steep. Like a totally different tea. Hmmm. I wonder what I did to displease these great tea leaves?

I let the third steep cool to room temperature and the candy flavor came back. Yay! :D

Flavors: Cocoa, Grapes

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m surprised this isn’t a smoked tea because it certainly smells like one. I feel like I’m drinking a forest. The whole thing. Trees, moss, rocks, bushes. Very complex. I wasn’t expecting the smoky flavor, so it kind of took me off guard. ;)

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drank Feizi Xiao by Verdant Tea
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drank Fo Shou Wuyi Oolong by Verdant Tea
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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Brewed a little weak; fixed with some sweetener. :P Very yummy, spicy, fruity deliciousness.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Hi Casey, I noticed you reviewed the Gaiwan Tea House in Couer D’Alene. Could you tell me anything about their tea menu? I visited their site, but couldn’t find any info.


Here’s a link to their photo on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GaiwanTeaHouse/menu/?p_ref=pa

As far as types of teas, they had quite the variety. They had small spice jars (from Ikea?) which samples of the tea leaves so you could browse by smell. That was super-cool. :)

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I discovered my love of tea in college, in Oregon, where nearly constant rain and clouds and fog demand some sort of warm, cuddly beverage.

Since moving back to Idaho, where seasons actually exist, my adoration for tea has bordered on obsession. I like a variety of teas depending on my mood and the alignment of the planets. I’m pretty sure my love of tea saved my life after coming home from the deep freezer with hypothermia day after day. ;)

I am recently married, and my next project is convincing my husband that instant Lipton iced tea does not count as tea. sigh

Here’s my rating system:
0-19 – I did not like this tea. I will not touch it again with a ten-foot-pole. I may have family and friends try it in hopes of pawning it off on them; otherwise it’s in the trash. That bad.
20-40 – I do not like this tea. I might be able to tolerate it with large amounts of sugar and/or almondmilk and/or another tea. I will be giving it away to the first family/friend who likes it because I’m too lazy to enjoy this.
41-60 – This tea is okay. If I am careful how I prepare it (temperature, amounts) and add things to it (sugar, almondmilk), I can enjoy it.
61-70 – This tea was fairly enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for it, and I have to at least sweeten it.
71-80 – I like this tea. I might even drink it without additives. It may still be mood-driven, but it’s pretty good. I would recommend it to visitors coming over for a cuppa.
81-90 – I really like this tea. I can drink it regardless of cravings. I will rarely if ever add anything to it. I try to peddle it to my visitors as examples of great tea.
91-100 – I love this tea. It is wonderful. Every cup is heaven. I will not share this. I will tell people to go get their own crack. This stash is mine.


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