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drank Chocolate Dream by Wize Monkey
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This came from Roswell Strange and I didn’t really have must interest until I smelled the dry leaf. It smelled so mouthwateringly chocolate-y that I was itching to have it. Of course a latte goes well with chocolate teas but after my fancy iced latte yesterday I wanted another. Consequently this whole sample was used for that purpose. It turned out looking awesome: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBCLatKAUzn/?igshid=1q4wjn4xye7ah

Unfortunately, taste wise I am less impressed. It’s my fault since coffee leaf to me is not a favourite. I thought the chocolate would build on the coffee flavor (kind of like when they suggest putting espresso into chocolate cake or frosting to make it richer) but it’s a bit dirty tasting to me. The chocolate syrup and milk and whipped cream help but without those, I don’t think I’d have gotten through this. Even with them, I can tell what I do like is the chocolate syrup and what I don’t like is coming from the tea.

Honestly though, it smelled so good that I probably would have bought a crapton of this on that alone. I’m grateful Roswell Strange gave me the chance to try before I buy so thank you for the share!

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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