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Tuesday
Dec242013

Tuesday Tea - Santa's Little Helper - Art of Tea

Tea Description:

**SEASONAL - Available for a limited time while supplies last.**

Santa's sleigh bells would not be ringing without a lift from Santa's Little Helper. Awaken your holiday spirit with this fun and deliciously sweet infusion of rich dark teas interlaced with wintery notes of cooling mint and smooth, decadent chocolate. Steeps a wonderfully engaging cup with an expressive aroma that captivates the senses and invites you to start the day.

Ingredients: Organic Pu-erh, Organic Black Tea, Sugar Confections, Natural Flavors

Other Information:

Leaf Type: Black and Pu-erh blend

Where to Purchase: Art of Tea

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon per 8oz serving

Water Temp:  206°F

Steep Time:  5-7 minutes 

Review:

I was excited to place my first order with Art of Tea during Cyber Week, taking advantage of their 40% off sale. I managed to pick up a ton of 1oz samples, all packaged in cute little tins. Some of these will be for me to sample and other will be for last minute gifts. I'll admit, I ordered this tea based off the fun name alone. I had assumed (wrongfully) it was going to be a black tea with peppermint based off of the photo on the website. If I had taken a moment to read the description before I added it to my cart, then I would have realized that this is actually a black and pu'erh blend with chocolate and peppermint. While I'm not a particularly a fan of pu'erh, I find it is a bit of an acquired taste that I haven't managed to acquire yet, I think this is an interesting combination. If I had read the description it is quite possible that I would have chosen a different tea, which would be a shame because this tea stood out quite a bit from the typical holiday blends I've tried so far this year.

The combination of black tea, chocolate and peppermint is nothing new, I've actually had two other similar teas today. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about the combination at all, it is in fact one of my favorite holiday combinations, but it does get a little boring from time to time. What makes this blend truly stand out is the addition of the pu'erh base, it adds a significantly different flavor to what would have been just another peppermint black tea. In the past, I've often described pu'erh as fishy tasting, but here it reminds me more of the forest just after a heavy rain, dark and earthy. There is a rich flavor from the chocolate that pairs incredibly well with the more earthy flavors from the pu'erh. On top of it all are the bright, sharp flavors of the peppermint and a slight sweetness from the festive candy cane and Christmas tree sprinkles. Art of Tea has done a wonderful job of taking a classic combination of holiday flavors and adding a twist to it.

My Rating: 83/100 Want to better understand my rating system? Check out the about tab for more information.

Would I order this again? Yes! Even if I'm not a pu'erh fan, this was a nice twist to a holiday classic. 

Up Next: Glitter and Gold from DAVIDsTEA

Disclosure:

I'd like to be open with my readers and let you know up front when I have been provided something for free to review as it does happen from time to time. In this case, I was not provided with anything from Art of Tea and paid for this with my own money. As always, all opinions are my own. If you are a company and would like to send me an item for review feel free to drop me an email.

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