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Chinese Tea

Legend has it that tea was first discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE, when a leaf from a nearby Camellia sinensis plant fell into a pot of water the emperor was boiling. Traditional Chinese tea has been an important part of China's culture and history ever since, and Chinese loose leaf tea can be classified into five major categories: white, green, oolong, black and post-fermented China tea.

loose leaf China black tea
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We are excited to offer this outstanding black tea selection as most teas of this superior quality do not leave China. Less than 9 kilograms was produced in Tong Mu, located high in the Wuyi Mountains (formerly Bohea Hills) of northern Fujian province. The large wiry, ebony-brown leaves yield a dark ruby-amber liquor with an inviting caramel aroma hinting of marzipan. The exquisitely smooth cup fills your mouth with a rich depth of flavor – toasted almond notes, hints of warming spices and honeyed apricot, a whisper of earthy smokiness – all embraced by a sweet syrupy quality. The finish lingers with a whisper of spice. This stellar selection is truly a joy to savor.

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loose leaf China green tea
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This early spring green tea exhibits loosely rolled, wiry leaves with an abundance of downy, silver tips. A sweet aroma, fragrant with hints of fruit, heralds mouth-filling notes of melon and toasty/nutty hints present in the pale golden cup. A whisper of spring flowers lingers at the edges of the palate, complementing the fresh, buttery smooth character of this outstanding Pre-Chingming offering.

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Mao Frng Singlo Green Tea
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From Huangshan (yellow mountain) in An Hui province, this premium Mao Feng Singlo green tea offers handcrafted full-leaf sets that produce a pale gold liquor with a wonderfully complex aroma and flavor.

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USDA Organic China Keemun loose leaf organic black tea
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This superior organic loose leaf Imperial Keemun has the depth of flavor and refined complexity characteristic of top grade An Hui Congou teas. The long, wiry leaves produce a deep amber infusion with an aroma hinting of sweet spices and smoke. The smooth cup has notes of wine and cocoa, followed by a peppery hint in the finish.

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loose leaf black tea
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This outstanding Yunnan black tea selection is composed of handcrafted golden tips with a beautiful downy appearance. The russet-amber liquor is fragrant with hints of molasses. Layers of cocoa, spice and earth weave together to create a rich flavor that is complemented by a caramelized sugar sweetness. A whisper of spice lingers in the finish.

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Yunnan black dragon tea pearls
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Large, dark brown leaves have been carefully rolled into uniform pearl shapes to create this unique Black Dragon Pearl tea from Yunnan province. Both the dry pearls and the infused liquor are fragrant with the scent of chocolate, hinting of its delicious flavor. The golden-amber cup of Yunnan black tea is rich and earthy with notes of sweet cocoa and hints of stone fruit. The finish is smooth and lingering.

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Pre-Chingming Loose Leaf Green Tea - Gu Zhang Mao Jian
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Hunan province has an auspicious history of producing superior green teas and this early spring harvest carries on that tradition. Bold, handcrafted leaves, threaded with downy silver tips, steep a pale yellow-jade liquor with a fresh vegetal aroma that hints of melon. This Pre-Chingming cup is silky smooth with gentle vegetal notes complemented by a light toastiness. Sweet hints of sugarcane bloom and linger long into the crisp finish.

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loose leaf downy china white pekoe tea
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Very rare, this exotic tea is the most distinguished of all white teas. The silver-leaf tea buds yield a naturally sweet, complex, and delicate tea.

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loose leaf black tea
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Elegant, downy gold tips are showcased in this superb black tea offering from Yunnan province. A sweet cocoa aroma pairs well with toasty/biscuity notes in the thick, rich cup. A silky smooth mouth feel envelops hints of cocoa that linger long into the finish.

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China loose leaf Pu-Erh tea
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Shou Pu-Erh tea leaves are crafted by hand into medium pearl shapes, which yield a thick, rich cup with an earthy character. The aroma is fragrant with hints of sweet toffee. Cocoa notes lead to a smooth finish, hinting of spice. Each 1.25" pearl will yield approximately 3-4 cups of tea. This selection is perfect for multiple steepings.

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China loose leaf Pu-Erh tea
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Sheng Pu-Erh tea leaves are carefully rolled by hand into medium pearl shapes, which produce a silky smooth cup with a complex aroma and flavor. Hints of fruit and spice enhance the light earthy aroma. Pronounced notes of fresh apricot are complemented by layers of honey, earth and flowers in the pale golden liquor. The crisp, refreshing finish lingers on the palate. An outstanding selection. Each 1.25" pearl will yield approximately 3-4 cups of tea.

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Loose leaf Tie-Guan-Yin Imperial Oolong tea
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The dry leaves of this top-quality Oolong offering are fragrant and expertly rolled, producing a sparkling gold liquor with a sweet floral aroma. Notes of orchid are complemented by a buttery mouth feel in the silky smooth cup. Hints of honey lend a richness to the lingering finish. This tea is a great choice for multiple steepings.

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China Keemun loose leaf black tea
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A fine complement of golden tips sets this stylish selection apart. The flavor has classic Burgundy-like Keemun notes, with subtle smokiness and a hint of cocoa. This one comes close to the Hao-Ya 'A' Keemun of days past.

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USDA Organic loose leaf Yunnan black tea
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This medium-bodied black tea selection boasts long, twisted leaves that yield a bright amber liquor fragrant with hints of Burgundy and spice. A velvety smooth mouth feel sets the stage for notes of earth, cocoa and honey, all of which become more pronounced as the tea cools. A whisper of spice lingers in the finish.

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China loose leaf white tea
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This Shou Mei style white tea has been handcrafted into beautiful tea pearls. The golden ecru liquor is fragrant with notes of honey and spring flowers. The sweet cup has an herbaceous flavor with notes of ripe melon. A sweet, lingering finish completes a very special tea experience. Each 1" pearl will yield approximately 2 cups of tea.

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loose leaf Oolong tea
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The dark olive, neatly rolled leaves exude a fresh buttery fragrance with hints of flowers. The pale straw-colored liquor invites that first sip with its delightful floral aroma. A nectar-like sweetness complements notes of chestnut and mineral in the light toasty cup. The finish lingers with hints of honey.

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USDA Organic Jasmine Pearl organic loose leaf green tea
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This rare offering is produced from carefully selected leaf sets, consisting of buds and tender first-leaf sets. It is then scented with the highest quality jasmine blossoms, which are later painstakingly removed to ensure that the quality of the leaf is represented in the cup.

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China Mao Feng loose leaf black tea
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A light sprinkling of golden tips adorns the glossy dark brown leaves in this stunning Mao Feng selection. The copper ruby cup exhibits a complex aroma and flavor with rich notes of earth, wine and smoke. A hint of spice in the finish complements the silky sweet character.

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loose leaf China black tea
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A rich chocolate aroma and flavor are showcased in this premium China black tea selection from Yunnan province. Toasty hints warm the velvety smooth mouth feel of the dark copper cup. The finish is long and lingering.

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Yunnan Golden Tips Black Tea
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Beautiful golden-tipped leaves produce a medium-bodied cup with a cocoa aroma that hints of red wine. The dark amber liquor is rich and complex with light cocoa notes enhanced by nuances of spice and Burgundy that play on the edges of the palate. A gentle sweetness lingers in the smooth finish.

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loose leaf white tea cake
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The Fuding tea region of northeast Fujian province is well known for its preeminent white tea production, and this white tea cake is an outstanding example of its premium quality teas. The pale golden-amber liquor is smooth and silky with pronounced honey notes in both the aroma and the flavor. Hints of stone fruit linger in the finish. Produced from a large-leaf varietal, this 4 ½ inch diameter round tea cake weighs approximately 95-100 grams and comes packaged in our silver packet.

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Jasmine loose leaf white tea
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Silver downy tea buds have been expertly scented with jasmine, lending a sweet perfumed essence to this distinctive selection from Fujian province. The white tea base adds a light savory body to the pale straw-colored infusion. Gentle floral notes in the cup complement the herbaceous melon notes of the white tea. Hints of honey lead to a delicate, lingering finish.

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Loose leaf superfine Keemun tea
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Officially the top grade of China Keemun, this grade has always been produced in limited supply. A top lot for the Keemun connoisseur.

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USDA Organic China Silver Needle organic loose leaf white tea
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This special production is composed entirely of unopened leaf buds. The cup has a delicate, sweet aroma. The light liquor is refreshing with a sweet hint and a lightly nutty/fruity finish. An outstanding organic white tea.

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loose leaf pi lo chun China green tea
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The most tender buds are picked under carefully controlled conditions in the spring. One of the most prized of China green teas, only a limited amount of this special grade tea is available.

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Yunnan Zi Juan Congou Tea
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This unique black tea offering, “Zi Juan,” meaning “purple beauty,” originates from a purple bud varietal that was developed at the Menghai Research Station in Yunnan province. The purple-brown leaves have been loosely rolled and produce a dark amber liquor with a pronounced stone fruit aroma. The cup is smooth and sweet with a jammy/juicy character that hints of red wine. A suggestion of almond/nutty nuances leads to a clean finish.

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loose leaf Yunnan black tea
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This medium-bodied selection boasts elegantly long, thin leaves that yield a dark copper liquor with a toasty aroma hinting of chocolate. A creamy smooth mouth feel sets the stage for rich notes of dark cocoa and honey. A whisper of spice lingers in the finish.

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China Keemun loose leaf black tea
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From An Hui province, home of the famous Hao-Ya Keemun teas, this selection offers a bright character with a suggestion of sweet tobacco in the aroma. The medium-bodied cup has warm toasty notes and a honey sweetness that blooms as the tea cools.

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Jasmine Pearl loose leaf green tea
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Select fine pluckings (two leaves and a bud), scented with the finest jasmine flowers and tightly rolled into pearl-sized spheres. A rare treat for Jasmine tea lovers.

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Yunnan Green Snail
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Dark olive-green leaves have been rolled into tight spiral shapes to create this premium green snail tea offering from Yunnan province. An aroma reminiscent of sweet tobacco imparts an interesting counterpoint to the classic fruity flavor profile of a Yunnan green tea. The mouth feel is full and buttery smooth with a lingering finish that whispers of spice. This premium selection is the perfect choice for those looking for a less vegetal Chinese loose leaf green tea.

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USDA Organic loose leaf keemun mao feng organic tea
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Long, perfectly twisted leaves produce a dark copper liquor fragrant with bittersweet cocoa notes in this premium Keemun Mao Feng tea. Notes of Burgundy and cocoa make an excellent pair in the rich, full-bodied cup. The smooth finish lingers with nuances of spice in this outstanding organic black tea offering.

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loose leaf China green tea
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Accented with silvery tips, the long and twisted dark-olive leaves of this green tea offering from Hunan province yield a pale gold liquor with a sweet floral aroma. The cup is buttery smooth and light with hints of melon and a vegetal whisper that leads to a clean finish.

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loose leaf special grade shou mei white tea
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Brown/green leaves and silvery buds yield a light golden-amber infusion with a sweet, toasty aroma. The smooth, full-bodied cup has notes of honey and melon as well as some toasty hints

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loose leaf Pu-Erh tea cake
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With a tea growing history of over 900 years, the Bulang Mountain range of Yunnan province includes some of the most prized Pu-Erh production regions. In the pale rosy-amber cup, a complex aroma introduces notes of earth and fleeting whispers of fruit and smoke. The flavor is rich with pronounced stone fruit notes of plum and apricot wrapped in honey sweetness, a mouth-filling nectar-like quality. Produced from a large-leaf varietal, this 4 ½ inch diameter round tea cake weighs approximately 95-100 grams and comes packaged in our silver packet.

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loose leaf Pu-Erh tea cake
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With a tea growing history of over 900 years, the Bulang Mountain range of Yunnan province includes some of the most prized Pu-Erh production regions. The aroma reveals a woody/toasty/sweet earthy complexity, complemented by hints of cocoa. The velvety smooth, rounded cup is dark and rich with notes of molasses, chestnut and a hint of spice. The clean finish lingers with nuances of cinnamon and clove. Produced from a large-leaf varietal, this 4 ½ inch diameter round tea cake weighs approximately 95-100 grams and comes packaged in our silver packet.

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China Yunnan loose leaf black tea
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This outstanding selection is composed of bold, well-formed leaves with a very high concentration of golden tips. The smooth, chestnut-amber cup has a rich, inviting aroma and creamy mouth feel. A suggestion of earth and malt join pleasant notes of spice and cocoa, lingering on the palate.

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USDA Organic China organic loose leaf green tea
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Produced in the mountainous region of Zhejiang province, this distinguished selection represents an especially good value in Lung Ching tea. Hand-processed leaves are fashioned into flat, yellow-green leaf sets, yielding a flavorful cup with a sweet character and buttery smooth mouth feel. The aroma is fragrant with nutty notes and a light floral hint.

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China loose leaf green tea
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One of the finest China green teas is Lung Ching (Dragon Well). The liquor is pale yellow, slightly sweet, and very refreshing.

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China loose leaf Oolong tea
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The loosely rolled leaves of this finest grade of China Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong produce a pale golden cup with a full, buttery mouth feel. A sweet, floral fragrance introduces notes of dried fruit and a hint of honeysuckle in the flavor. The finish lingers with a light toastiness.

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China loose leaf Oolong tea
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An outstanding Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong selection, with an appealing floral intensity. The attractive, olive-green leaves produce a fragrant, pale gold infusion with a buttery smooth mouth feel. Orchid/lilac notes are prominent in both the flavor and aroma, as well as a hint of honey sweetness.

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Jasmine Pearl loose leaf green tea
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Tightly rolled leaf bud sets scented with an alluring fruity nuance. This is a more affordable alternative to our extremely popular Dragon Phoenix Pearl.

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USDA Organic loose leaf China Oolong tea
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This organic loose leaf China Oolong tea selection exhibits carefully rolled, dark-olive leaves that produce a bright golden cup with a sweet orchid aroma. Pronounced floral notes, reminiscent of a fragrant spring garden, bloom across the palate. A buttery mouth feel balances a lovely sweetness, which lingers in the finish.

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USDA Organic loose leaf organic pu-erh tea
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Downy silver tips adorn the bold, twisted leaves of this organic Sheng Pu-Erh offering. A sweet herbaceous aroma introduces notes of dried apricot and earthy vegetal hints in the pale golden cup. A refreshing astringency lingers in the finish.

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Old South Meeting House Boston Tea Party Breakfast Blend
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A mélange of China Bohea and Congou black teas creates this hearty breakfast blend, perfect for your morning cup. Notes of earth and red wine are complemented by a toffee sweetness in the fragrant aroma. The dynamic flavor profile features notes of earth, semi-sweet cocoa, and oak Burgundy, enveloped by a rich syrupy dark sweetness that lingers into the finish.

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Griffins Warf Afternoon Blend Loose Leaf Tea
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In this elegant blend of China Congou and Lapsang Souchong black teas, bold, ebony-brown leaves produce a dark whiskey-colored liquor with a pronounced peat smoke aroma. The velvety smooth cup is layered with notes of mellow smoke and Burgundy, accented by a whisper of toffee sweetness. The deep rich flavor lingers long into the finish.

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USDA Organic China organic loose leaf white tea
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A special grade of organic white tea, this Pai Mu Tan (Bai Mu Dan) selection has a full complement of tender leaf buds. The dark golden cup is well-balanced with an earthy, herbaceous aroma. The bolder leaf style yields a liquor with full flavor and subtle hints of melon and spice.

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loose leaf pai mu tan white tea
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The name Pai Mu Tan, or Bai Mu Dan, translates to “white peony,” referring to this white tea’s delicately beautiful leaf sets. Fragrant with a sweet toasty aroma, the amber-gold cup is velvety smooth with pronounced honey notes. The finish is clean with gentle hints of flowers.

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loose leaf China black tea
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Fragrant with notes of dark cocoa powder, the rich aroma portends the velvety smooth, full-bodied cup filled with pronounced cocoa flavor. A warm toastiness wraps around sweet hints of honey that linger in the finish.

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