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My Black Friday order from 52Teas arrived yesterday! Boy, am I excited to try all these nummy looking teas. This one was one of the generous free samples that was sent along with the small order. Since i’m always on the look out for a nice dessert non-caffeine tea for evening relaxation, I was glad to see this one.

My sense of smell is almost entirely gone again, but when I first opened the pouch a delicious whiff or orange burst on me. It was like the squirt of orange when you first crack the peel. It is gone again now, but for that split second it was heavenly. I plan to get my kenalog shot next week (which shrinks the polyps in my sinuses enough to allow me to smell for a few months) and I can’t wait to really smell this one. Just from that one whiff I bet it is divine.

I love those chocolate oranges that are so popular around Christmas. The kind that look like a baseball wrapped in foil, and when you smack it, it falls open in chocolate wedges. That is what this tea reminds me of. It brews up a nice dark amber color. I like the flavor best when it is on the edge between hot and warm. Not so hot that you burn your tongue, but not mildly warm. As it cools the rooibos woodiness is more prominent.

I am looking forward to trying this one again in ten days or so when my sense of smell and taste are back. I bet this one is just lovely to smell. Even without a full sense of smell the flavor is smooth and mild. Definitely a hit for me.

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Fjellrev

Ooh, you make me want to skip ahead and try this even though I have so many others in the queue! Was hoping it would be like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

Maddy Barone

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, fjellrev. I resteeped last night, and the second cup was just as good as the first.

Fjellrev

Oh wow, great tip! I normally don’t bother with a second steep so I’ll have to check that out.

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Fjellrev

Ooh, you make me want to skip ahead and try this even though I have so many others in the queue! Was hoping it would be like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

Maddy Barone

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, fjellrev. I resteeped last night, and the second cup was just as good as the first.

Fjellrev

Oh wow, great tip! I normally don’t bother with a second steep so I’ll have to check that out.

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.

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