Tea type
Black Pu'erh Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Bourbon, Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Cocoa, Smoke, Whiskey, Alcohol, Artificial, Astringent, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Earthy, Smoked, Tannic, Woody
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “Finally getting around to trying this one! Chocolate teas aren’t usually my vibe, but I was really intrigued by some of the other flavours described in the blend and overall I thought it was a very...” Read full tasting note
  • “Strange VariaTEA TTB #4 I first heard about Trader Nick’s on fellow Steepsterite Roswell Strange’s podcast Geek Steep. (Side note: if you aren’t listening, GO LISTEN! I always hit play on the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sampled from the Strange VariaTea Traveling Tea Box Smells like slightly smoky caramel; tastes like… a mild slightly smoky black tea with hints of chocolate and whiskey. It’s a bit muddled, but...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Sipdown! (56 | 272) Last Trader Nicks sample from Gabby! Thanks Gabby, for helping me try a company I was curious about without having to buy full sizes! :) This is fairly similar to the Ghoulish...” Read full tasting note

From Trader Nicks Tea Company

This tea captures moments in the library: the smell of reading through old dusty books, the fresh hot brew and chocolate biscuits from Mrs Potts, and reading with Beast with fireside bourbon.

Tasting Notes: chocolate | old books | fireside bourbon

Our favorite girl with the dreamy far-off look always has her nose stuck in a book, so we created a tea blend with her in mind. From the moment that Belle is surprised with the magnificent library in Beast’s castle, we can imagine that she got right down to enjoying it. Going through rows of dusty, old books, flipping through the pages; also enjoying some tea and chocolate biscuits to stay satiated. This tea perfectly captures those imagined moments!

Black tea with cocoa bits and roasted cocoa shell to give a robust cocoa flavor. We have also added aged puerh tea to give a slightly earthy flavor and slight aroma of old books. Lastly we have sprinkled in a bit of smoked black tea leaves to represent the grand fireplace in the library, which gives the whole blend a touch of realism.

Ingredients: black tea, cocoa bits, bourbon flavor, cocoa shells, aged puerh tea, smoked black tea

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16077 tasting notes

Finally getting around to trying this one!

Chocolate teas aren’t usually my vibe, but I was really intrigued by some of the other flavours described in the blend and overall I thought it was a very refreshing take on a Beauty & The Beast inspired tea (which are often rose flavoured) so I wanted to give it a try. I would say I was sort of “whelmed” by it? It’s a very smooth brew with a more medium to full bodied base. The bourbon does come through and the chocolate is also rather rich. Something about the combination, however, just makes me think a little bit of those more low-quality chocolate filled with alcohol. It’s not that it tasted bad, but as soon as that imagery popped in my head I couldn’t quite get it out.

I’ll definitely give this blend more shots, but for me it wasn’t a smashing success.

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Strange VariaTEA TTB #4

I first heard about Trader Nick’s on fellow Steepsterite Roswell Strange’s podcast Geek Steep. (Side note: if you aren’t listening, GO LISTEN! I always hit play on the newest episode the moment in lands in my feed and I’m never disappointed by that choice.)

I immediately went and checked out their site and this particular blend went straight on my wish list. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie and I love smoky black tea, so this sounded like it was practically made for me!

Needless to say, my expectations were probably unrealistically high. It’s a fine tea, just not the spectacularly magical experience I was secretly hoping for. Not a lot of smoky notes coming through for me; mostly milk chocolate and a bit of bourbon. A perfectly pleasant sip, but probably not something I’ll go out of my way to drink again.

(That being said, I’m so grateful for the chance to try a cup via the TTB rather than spending the money on a whole bag of a tea I end up not being crazy about. Thanks to Roswell and VariaTEA for putting this one together!)

Flavors: Bourbon, Milk Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sampled from the Strange VariaTea Traveling Tea Box

Smells like slightly smoky caramel; tastes like… a mild slightly smoky black tea with hints of chocolate and whiskey. It’s a bit muddled, but nothing is too overpowering, which is good. And the cocoa is nicely done, not artificial or chemical-y. I can dig that.

Flavors: Bourbon, Caramel, Cocoa, Milk Chocolate, Smoke, Whiskey

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Sipdown! (56 | 272)

Last Trader Nicks sample from Gabby! Thanks Gabby, for helping me try a company I was curious about without having to buy full sizes! :)

This is fairly similar to the Ghoulish Delight I had earlier – both have puerh and black tea with chocolate. But this has a stronger black tea flavor because instead of rooibos, it has lapsang. There’s not a ton of it, the smoky taste is very subtle and more of an accent flavor. This doesn’t have chocolate flavoring, but it does have bourbon flavor, and the booziness is reminding me of the chocolate flavoring anyway ha ha.

Overall it tastes earthy, woody, slightly tannic with a boozy chocolaty note and a touch of smoke. I like everything but the bourbon flavor I think, it’s giving it a somewhat artificial taste IMO. So I probably wouldn’t order it because of that, but I like the idea and it was fun to try!

Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Astringent, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Earthy, Smoked, Tannic, Woody

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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