I can’t remember how I acquired this sample. I’m not even sure if Tealated is still around. In any case, I was in a hurry and needed something strong with a good caffeine jolt this morning. I opened the bag, and it smelled strongly like chocolate — a lot like when you open one of those containers of Hershey’s Special Dark cacao. Anyway, I expected it to be stronger than it is because of the strong aroma of the dry leaves. Also, there’s a lot of tea dust in here.

It was just okay — not really what I’m looking for in a breakfast tea. Maybe it’s been sitting around too long — I’m not sure. It’s malty and a little chocolate-y but mostly kind of weak with no lingering notes. 2 tsp. wasn’t enough for 2 cups. I’d want to double up on leaf for the half-sample I have left in the future.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Malt

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I drink black and oolong teas — and am trying to learn a little about puerh these days. I’m in it for the taste, not the appropriated Eastern mysticism. Not so good at keeping my cupboard up to date, let alone making a tea spreadsheet. I don’t really do sipdown reviews because then I’d be judging the tea based on the dust at the bottom of the bag. I think it’s nifty that there are tens of thousands of options involving just this one plant leaf.


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