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Ooo, I smell chocolate and rose from the dry leaf, which is one of my favorite flavor combinations! I even make my own rose cocoa powder…

Steeping, the tea smells very fudgy with sweet rose florals, but I’m also getting a bit of pepperiness in the aroma (a note I sometimes get from honeybush).

The chocolate flavor here, as I find in many teas, is a bit thin and artificial, so mostly I’m getting a rose honeybush with some underlying cocoa notes, rather than a nice chocolate rose profile (honestly, I feel like the last really good chocolate rose tea I had was 52Teas Chocolate Rose Truffle, and it was quite old… don’t imagine that one will get reblended since florals aren’t very popular, but damn did I love that tea!) I do, however, really like rose, so I’m not particularly bothered by a rose-heavy cup of honeybush… except that the peppery note I’m getting from this honeybush is very off-putting with these flavors. I have no idea if it’s just this particular honeybush, or something in the chocolate flavoring that is making it pop since I know I didn’t taste it in some of the previous honeybush teas…

A thicker, creamier, more pronounced chocolate flavor would probably help this cup a lot. As a floral fan, I’ll have no problem finishing this cuppa tonight, but I’ve certainly had better of this particular profile.

Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Cocoa, Floral, Pepper, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 4 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
Todd

Sounds okay, bit disappointing…
1. Somehow it must be difficult to make a good chocolate tea.
2. 52teas obviously uses some kind of magic.

tea-sipper

Have you tried the rose teas from Teavivre? They’re good!

tea-sipper

oh wait, maybe they don’t have them anymore..

Mastress Alita

I like rose teas in general, but the TeaVivre ones still wouldn’t specifically be chocolate rose teas…

My main beef with TeaVivre is they are another one of those “have to order in a ridiculously huge amount” sites, so unless I can find a wholesaler of them that sells their teas in smaller quantities, I just don’t do business with them.

Leafhopper

Mastress Alita, you’re right that 100 grams, which is Teavivre’s minimum quantity for most of their teas, is a lot. At least they offer samples and sell their pricier teas in 50 g increments. I basically just get teas I know I like.

BTW, their Rose Dian Hong was good, though I don’t remember it having chocolate notes.

Mastress Alita

Ya, I refuse to do business with shops that sell 100g minimum. That is just way too much tea for me, in a one person household. It doesn’t matter how much I like it, it would just lose its flavor and taste like crap before I’d ever come close to hitting the bottom of the bag. So unless I can find their teas being sold by a different shop in 50g or 25g sizes, it just isn’t feasible for me.

Martin Bednář

Same here Mastress Alita, I can finish 50 grams, or 25 grams. 100 g for special teas I really find out liking.

Leafhopper

Mastress Alita, I agree that smaller amounts of tea are definitely better. I’ve been working on a couple 100 g bags for years now.

Daylon R Thomas

I miss it when companies did 10 gram samples.

Leafhopper

Daylon, so do I. Those samples let me take risks on teas I wouldn’t have bought otherwise.

Mastress Alita

Ditto. If I actually want a stash of tea, I usually want 25-50g. If I’ve never tried a tea, I don’t even want to have to grab that much just to sample it. So many companies that I know used to offer samplers have axed them, and it makes me sad.

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Todd

Sounds okay, bit disappointing…
1. Somehow it must be difficult to make a good chocolate tea.
2. 52teas obviously uses some kind of magic.

tea-sipper

Have you tried the rose teas from Teavivre? They’re good!

tea-sipper

oh wait, maybe they don’t have them anymore..

Mastress Alita

I like rose teas in general, but the TeaVivre ones still wouldn’t specifically be chocolate rose teas…

My main beef with TeaVivre is they are another one of those “have to order in a ridiculously huge amount” sites, so unless I can find a wholesaler of them that sells their teas in smaller quantities, I just don’t do business with them.

Leafhopper

Mastress Alita, you’re right that 100 grams, which is Teavivre’s minimum quantity for most of their teas, is a lot. At least they offer samples and sell their pricier teas in 50 g increments. I basically just get teas I know I like.

BTW, their Rose Dian Hong was good, though I don’t remember it having chocolate notes.

Mastress Alita

Ya, I refuse to do business with shops that sell 100g minimum. That is just way too much tea for me, in a one person household. It doesn’t matter how much I like it, it would just lose its flavor and taste like crap before I’d ever come close to hitting the bottom of the bag. So unless I can find their teas being sold by a different shop in 50g or 25g sizes, it just isn’t feasible for me.

Martin Bednář

Same here Mastress Alita, I can finish 50 grams, or 25 grams. 100 g for special teas I really find out liking.

Leafhopper

Mastress Alita, I agree that smaller amounts of tea are definitely better. I’ve been working on a couple 100 g bags for years now.

Daylon R Thomas

I miss it when companies did 10 gram samples.

Leafhopper

Daylon, so do I. Those samples let me take risks on teas I wouldn’t have bought otherwise.

Mastress Alita

Ditto. If I actually want a stash of tea, I usually want 25-50g. If I’ve never tried a tea, I don’t even want to have to grab that much just to sample it. So many companies that I know used to offer samplers have axed them, and it makes me sad.

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Dessert/chocolate/vanilla/caramel/cream/toffee/maple
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
-Floral/lavender/rose
-Spices/chais
-Fruity
-Tropical/pineapple/coconut
-Bergamot (in moderation)
-Roasted/nutty
-Tart/tangy/hibiscus/rosehip

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

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My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AvGT1XwgJUTErt3zhjpHbXf6HNS3k_Ym85zoHJPmhX4/edit?usp=sharing . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JjlpjQ94UyoryaDRMIeqnPHObgvCtmRp/view?usp=sharing . I am currently strictly limiting tea trading/ordering to get my collection under control! My participation in any tea boxes, tea exchanges, or group orders, and acceptance of any tea gifts is very limited at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited outbound gifting (USA only!)

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