Okay, WTNV tea #2. This one opened with a very strong chocolate aroma, almost overpowering, but it promised a very delicious experience which it didn’t really live up to.

The aroma softened quite a bit upon steeping to a slightly less pungent chocolate/almond. I let it cool for about eight minutes so I could actually start drinking without burning my mouth. I got a definite “cookie” flavor, but it was subtle and not terribly sweet, so I added a little brown sugar for kicks, which helped. On further sippage I could begin to taste the chocolate, though it certainly wasn’t as strong as I had hoped (I brewed it using an open tea strainer instead of a bag, hoping to let the chocolate melt out into the tea).

Hoping to make a more drinkable tea, I then added a little bit of milk and a little chocolate syrup (because hey, why not?) and it just continued to fall flat. As it cooled, a more obvious chocolate flavor started sitting at the back of my tongue, and I began to enjoy it more with each sip. Not a bad tea, yummy but not very exciting. It would probably be a good tea for just before bed (caffeine doesn’t affect me unless it’s in huge doses, so I’m perfectly fine drinking black tea and then falling asleep).

Flavors: Chocolate

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I hated tea growing up. Then something wonderful happened.

I was introduced to my first delicious cup of tea in Costa Rica, when my host mother made me a cup of Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason. I was hooked.

Probably because of that first cup, black teas are my favorite. I’ll sometimes go for herbals or fruit teas if they have the right flavor, but usually they feel too weak; I’d rather just eat the fruit itself. A rooibos will almost always get a low rating from me; it’s just not my thing. Green teas are okay if iced or prepared well hot.



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