Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Talbott Teas
Juicy red strawberries with a kiss of dark coca -this black tea is all about you. Bursting with luxurious flavor, it’s decadence dipped in excess with a side of unbridled joy.
All natural premium ingredients: Full-leaf black tea, strawberry pieces, cacao nibs, strawberry leaf, chocolate and strawberry flavors.
I tried this tea back in December, but I held off on publishing the review until just before Valentines Day, because when I think of chocolate and strawberries, I think of Valentine’s Day.
The fragrance of the tea that sits before me is delicious – it is making my mouth water! I can smell notes of chocolate and strawberry, as well as a very pleasant-smelling black tea. The combination of these scents is fantastic.
The black tea base tastes like a Ceylon tea to me, it has a brisk flavor but a fairly even-toned taste to it. It has a smooth, clean taste with a light astringency that lightly dries the palate in the finish.
The strawberry flavor hits strongest in the aftertaste. I can taste the strawberry throughout the sip, but it is in the aftertaste where I taste the sweet yet tart tingle that is very strawberry-esque. It reminds me of a fresh, delicious strawberry.
This is a tea that should be served hot… but, should not be consumed until it has had a few moments to cool. The slight cooling will allow the flavors to develop a little bit, and I found that this tea was much more satisfying when it was still hot, but not directly-from-the-teapot-hot. The chocolate flavor is the reason I mention this about allowing the tea to cool slightly… I find that when the tea is still piping hot, the chocolate flavor seems almost… absent. But, as it cools a little (I’d say its now an easily sip-able temperature. That is, it is not so hot that it scalds my tongue) the chocolate flavor develops nicely.
Overall, this is a very pleasant cuppa. I would probably find it even more satisfying with a little more chocolate, but then, I’m a chocoholic, and I’m of the belief that more chocolate is always better. As it is, though, it’s quite delicious.