First Colony Coffee and Tea

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Enjoying this on Day #1 of a four-day weekend. Yes, I’m still in my pjs and will be for a while yet.

Chocolate teas, in my opinion, tend to be hit or miss. This one is not only a hit, but a win! It tastes like you’ve brewed a cup of black tea and dropped an Andes chocolate mint into it. It’s also one of the few black teas I’ve drank that doesn’t suffer from being over-steeped, or from being brewed with not-boiling water (which makes it an ideal, just-woke-up-and-have-no-mental-capacity tea). This is a tea that I would happily purchase again, and will most likely do so next time I’m at Jungle Jim’s.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I bought a bag of this at one of the stores in Colonial Williamsburg. I wasn’t expecting much, but it’s pretty good. The dry leaves smell sweet. I put three or four teaspoons of it into the easy gaiwan and steeped it for 30 seconds in 180°F water. The tea tastes sweet, a little smokey, and maybe a bit fruity and buttery. It has a nice, full flavor. After the first cup, it seemed to get a little stronger. It’s more smokey and meaty, and less sweet and fruity.

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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