I was in the kitchen at 8am cooking and kept at it for nearly 10 hours today all the while sipping on this tea. I didn’t get a chance to take detailed notes on each steep, but I can tell you it did resteep very well. I believe I stopped after 7 steeps just so I could end my day with something herbal.

Each steep rewarded me with something just a little bit different, this was surprisingly complex for a black tea. There were notes of dark chocolate which of course appealed to my sweet tooth, followed up by just a subtle hint of bitterness. Not enough to make the cup unenjoyable, but just enough to make it interesting. Early steeps of this tea resulted in a more malty flavor with a sweetness at the end, whereas the later steeps gave the exact opposite in flavor and yielded a more chocolatey sweetness with hints of malt. Every once in a while I would pick up a somewhat salty note that contrasted with the sweetness. This is a tea that will appeal to all of your cravings and it isn’t often I’ve come across one that is both sweet and salty.

You can read the full review on my blog:

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Oh yay, I have an unopened sample of this waiting for me. :)


Ooo, that sounds delicious!

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Oh yay, I have an unopened sample of this waiting for me. :)


Ooo, that sounds delicious!

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Single Origin Teas, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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