Chocolate Mint Rooibos from TeaScapes

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  TeaScapes

Product Description:

This rich full-bodied tea brews to a reddish orange liquor. The chocolate pieces create a creamy taste and the mint is bright and refreshing. This Chocolate Mint Rooibos tea can be consumed both as a hot beverage and as an iced drink.

Taster’s Review:

Yum!  This is good stuff!

The aroma is delicious – very minty, but with a nice chocolate-y scent too.  I can also smell the rooibos … which smells like, well, like rooibos.

I am happy that I can’t really taste the rooibos, though.  Perhaps a faint nutty flavor or woody flavor here and there, but nothing very pronounced or strong.  As I am not particularly fond of the flavor of unflavored, oxidized rooibos, I find the lack of rooibos flavor here to be a good thing.

The strongest flavor is the mint.  The taste is clean and crisp, just like I’d expect from a strong minty taste.

But before it has a chance to be TOO minty, the chocolate notes hit the palate.  Mmm!  Chocolate!  The chocolate is a milk chocolate-y kind of taste.  It is not as strong as I personally would like it to be (but then, I always say that about chocolate), but there is a good amount.  The result is a tisane that tastes a bit like a mint chocolate chip ice cream (well, except for the fact that this is hot!)

The finish is minty fresh with just a whisper of chocolate.  This would be a great low-calorie, low-fat, caffeine-free dessert substitute!  Delicious!

Spicy Chocolate from Kusmi Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Kusmi Tea

Product Description:

Black tea from China flavored with natural essences of chocolate and spices.

Taster’s Review:

I am so happy to be able to try this tea.  It is one that I’ve wanted to try for a long time, and it seems like every time that I am tea shopping, this tea is sold out!  Fortunately, my SororiTea Sister, TeaEqualsBliss, sent me a sampling of it!  Thank you Jennifer!

And the verdict?

I love it!

The chocolate level is nice.  Of course, it would be better with more chocolate, but that’s the chocoholic in me.  It has a nice amount of chocolate and it is in a pleasing balance with the spices here.  It tastes like a good quality dark chocolate.

Kusmi Tea does not specify what kind of spices they use in this blend (although I am sure that if I had the tin I could read the ingredients, provided they aren’t written in French!) but to me it tastes like ginger and perhaps a little cinnamon.  Maybe some cardamom?

The level of spice is not what I would classify as “spicy,” that is, I don’t find this to be overwhelmingly hot or spicy.  But that isn’t a bad thing, because I think that if it were spicier in this particular blend, it would overthrow the balance of flavors that I’m experiencing, and that WOULD be a bad thing.  I like it just the way it is.

The black tea base is a strong one and can be tasted with the other strong profiles.  There is a good deal of astringency to this tea, it clears the palate very well, leaving only a  faint note of pepper and of chocolate in the aftertaste.

It is not bitter, although I suspect it could be that way if it were steeped too long.  I steeped my cup for 3 1/2 minutes and it produced a delicious cup.  It doesn’t need sweetener, but, I found that a small amount of agave nectar helped bring out some of the sweeter notes of the chocolate.

This one is really good, folks!

Over Achieve Mint from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type: Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Getting ready for race season or simply want to add some calm pep to your day?

The mouthwatering combination of chocolate and fresh mint has made Achieve Mint a customer favorite.  Overachieve Mint is blended with energizing Yerba Mate to give that sustained boost that mate is known for. This is a fabulous choice for endurance athletes or anyone who wants a natural calm energy.

ingredients: yerba mate, peppermint, cacao nibs, natural chocolate flavor.

Taster’s Review:

This is a really tasty Yerba Maté blend.  The mint is strong but the chocolate does come through nicely.

The Yerba Maté base is a green (not roasted) Maté and offers a hint of its earthy, vegetative flavor.  However, the mint flavor is rather intense here, and it does seem to mask some of the stronger notes of the Yerba Maté.  But, I’m not complaining because I sometimes find the rather distinct flavor of Maté to be a bit too much for me.  With this blend, it’s really quite enjoyable and melds very well with the other flavors.

The peppermint is very strong – this blend is certainly not for those who do not care for mint.  For those of us who do, though, this is a clean, crisp tasting peppermint that invigorates while leaving the palate feeling refreshed.

The chocolate is a bit subtle, but, I am liking how it comes through.  I can really notice the cocoa notes in the aftertaste mingling with the minty flavor.  I also found that the chocolate seems to pop a bit more as the tisane cools, so don’t drink this one piping hot!  Let it cool just a little so that you can enjoy the chocolate flavors!

This tisane reminds me of a peppermint patty (especially the aftertaste), but without the overwhelming sugary sweetness!  A thin layer of chocolate coating … just enough to coat the peppermint but not overpower it … a snappy, vibrant treat that will surely get you going!

I like this one a lot!

Yin Yang Maté from Tea Addiction

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Tea Addiction

Product Description:

Ingredients: Yerba maté, cacao nibs, and vanilla flavoring. Get yourself going with this yerba maté chocolate treat! These leaves are believed to stimulate the immune system, decrease inflammation, and increase metabolism.

With the addition of cacao nibs, a myriad of vitamins as well as a natural anti-depressant “sweeten” the pot. Cacao is also thought to encourage mental alertness and clarity of mind. Try adding a touch of milk to make your cup of smooth and chocolaty Yin Yang Maté extra special!

Taster’s Review:

I am really enjoying this Yerba Maté blend.

The fragrance of the dry leaf is quite tempting – it smells like chocolate!  YUM!  The brewed liquor maintains the chocolate scent which now combines with a slightly toasty scent, a hint of vanilla and an earthy quality.

The flavor is a little surprising!  There is a toasty/smoky/woodsy taste to the cup that I hadn’t expected.  Usually, I do expect a light roasted flavor along with an earthy note and a vegetative quality, but not so much of a smoky wood flavor.  It is not an off-putting flavor, just different.

As the cup cools, I find that the smoky wood flavor subsides as more of the earthy/vegetative quality emerges.  The vegetative note is much less noticeable in these roasted Yerba Maté leaves, which trade in some of the vegetal taste for a more caramelized earth note, which plays off especially well with the cacao and vanilla flavors.

The cacao is more savory than sweet, but the addition of the vanilla gives it a sweet, creaminess that almost intimates at a milk chocolate note in the distance.  You can enhance that flavor by the simple addition of a splash of milk, if you wish.  I find this to be rather delightful without the milk – but I do recommend a dollop of honey or agave nectar to smooth out some of the bitter taste of the Yerba Maté.

This is the first that I’m trying from Tea Addiction – and I’m quite happy with it, and the company!  They are incredibly nice, and as a tin collector I can’t overlook the sleek tins!  I just love it when I find a new tea company!

Chocolate Strawberry Tempation from Talbott Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Talbott Teas

Product Description:

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.

Taster’s Review:

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.

 

Choco-Mate Tea from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Yerba Mate/Rooibos Blend

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

This energizing combination of sweet chocolate and south American mate is sure to stimulate your senses.

Tasters Review:

Over the last couple of months anything marked Choco & Mate I have been interested in trying!  When I saw this one from White August Tea Company I was equally if not MORE excited to try it!  All of the teas I have tried from this company I have enjoyed – as was the case with this specific offering!

Prior to infusing this smells like Chocolate Milk… Sweet Chocolate Milk!
After infusing it does lose a lot of the sweet aroma but you can still smell cocoa or chocolate just not as sweet and not nearly as strong as before infusing.

The taste is primarily Yerba Mate.  The Sweet Chocolate flavor comes thru nicely but I would LOVE to try it with even more Chocolate flavor!  There seems to be a little Rooibos Flavor coming thru, too. I have yet to put this to the test but I’m considering increasing the amount of loose leaf but infusing for a little less time to see if the chocolate comes thru more.

Regardless…this is tasty…a very good flavored Yerba Mate!  I would suggest this to anyone looking for a flavored Yerba Mate, a flavored Rooibos, or a Chocolate or Cocoa Flavored Tisane!

Achieve Mint from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

What do you seek to achieve? Better health? Deeper relaxation? Pure bliss? Or simply a cup of tea that delights your taste buds and makes you smile? This Teaquilibrium customer favorite combines antioxidant rich rooibos, refreshing peppermint and pure cacao reminiscent of a minty chocolate dessert.

Try Achieve Mint tea after a meal– it is very satisfying to your sweet tooth without the calories. With raw cacao, one of the highest natural sources of antioxidants you can enjoy this tasty tea guilt-free!

organically grown ingredients: rooibos, peppermint, cacao nibs, natural chocolate flavor

benefits: antioxidant rich, relaxing, promotes bliss

Taster’s Review:

This is a delicious treat.  It tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream!  YUM!

The mint is the strongest flavor in this cup but it is not so strong that it infringes upon the chocolate.  The two flavors seem perfectly willing to play nicely together.  The chocolate is rich and gives the cup a creamy flavor that smooths out some of the crisp minty tones.  The rooibos flavor imparts very little flavor to the cup – just a hint of nutty notes here – but I’m not complaining.

The overall flavor is sweet making this an ideal choice as a dessert substitution.  Imagine getting all the delicious flavor of a chocolate-y mint without the calories!  This tea makes that possible!

Bravo, Teaquilibrium! What an Achieve-Mint!

White Christmas from Lupicia

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Lupicia

Product Description:

A black tea blend with the sweet aroma of white chocolate and apricot.

Taster’s Review:

Yesterday, I reviewed a tea called White Christmas from Harney & Sons.  Today, I am reviewing a tea by the same name – and yet, the two are very different teas, indeed!

This tea offers a robust black tea base that is quite invigorating.  It would serve well as a morning tea, or if one is in need of a little afternoon pick-me-up, this tea would fit that bill as well.  There is a bit of astringency to this cup, but it doesn’t overwhelm.  I will say that I steeped this tea for 4 minutes and notes of bitterness were starting to emerge, so I recommend steeping for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes maximum to avoid the bitter notes.  Fortunately, these notes of bitterness were not detracting from the overall deliciousness of the tea.

When I had previously read about this tea, I knew that it was a white chocolate and apricot tea.  But what I smelled when I first opened the pouch, and what I tasted with my first sip was a nutty essence!  At first, I thought my memory must be playing tricks on me and that White Christmas was in fact a nutty flavored tea, and 0ne of the other teas in the holiday sampler was a white chocolate apricot.

But no, as you can read by the company’s product description (above) – this is definitely an apricot and white chocolate blend.  That being said, there is a definite nutty quality to this tea.  That isn’t a bad thing – because I find that it rather compliments the apricot and white tea flavors, and it gives the overall flavor a toasty, baked kind of essence, like fresh baked tea cakes!

The apricot flavor intensifies as I continue to sip on this tea.  It starts out mild, and by about mid-cup, the flavor is much stronger.  The white chocolate is very nice here and provides a very pleasant creamy taste and texture to the cup, with faint notes of sweet chocolate that also intensify as I get closer to the bottom of the cup.

I really like this tea!  I don’t know if this is a tea that Lupicia keeps around all year or not, but, if they do, I highly recommend getting some as soon as you can!  Yum!

On the 11th Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

Today is Christmas Eve… and I still haven’t finished all the holiday preparations.  I still have presents to buy!

Yeah… I’m not the most organized individual you’re likely to meet.  That’s putting it mildly!

It may not appear so by just reading these words, but … I’m about to have a panic attack!  Good thing I have some tea to help soothe my nerves!

And the tea that I’m enjoying today is …

NEAPOLITAN HONEYBUSH

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

Our caffeine-free African Honeybush (If you are still not familiar with honeybush, it is very similar to Rooibos, but a bit sweeter and without the woody aftertaste that rooibos frequently has) blended with organic vanilla beans, organic cacao nibs, freeze-dried strawberry pieces and all natural flavors. This is a real treat hot or iced!

Taster’s Review:

I can’t believe that I haven’t yet written a review for this tea!

Well, no time like the present, eh?  This is a tea that I’ve had on hand for some time now.  I am not going to say its my favorite tisane from 52Teas, because it isn’t, but, I do like it quite a bit!  I think I like it even more now than I did when I first tasted it.

For those of you that have one, I recommend brewing this in a Libre Tea Glass (or similar type vessel).  I put the leaf into the main chamber of the glass, screw on the straining lid, and sip the tisane through the strainer.  This enables me to keep the honeybush in the liquid as I sip it, and the flavor continues to intensify.  This tea just keeps getting better and better the longer it steeps!

After steeping just six minutes, my first few sips were delicious.  I could taste a good combination of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, together with the somewhat nutty/honey sweet taste of the honeybush.  But now, after continuing to steep some additional 15 or 20 minutes after those first couple of sips, the flavor is even better.  The chocolate – RICH!  The strawberry – SWEET!  The vanilla – CREAMY!  I think I actually like this tisane better than the ice cream after which it was created!

The flavor is really smooth and creamy, just like ice cream.  The only real difference is the temperature and the slightly nutty taste that comes from the honeybush.  I have tasted this tea hot and iced, and it is really tasty either way.  I found it to be very refreshing this past summer when I iced it.  Right now, I’m finding it to be particularly soothing on the nervous tension I’m experiencing due to my shopping dilemma.

This tea is such a wonderful treat!

On the 8th Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

Yep… you read that right.  Today is the 8th day.

I still can’t believe it’s Christmas already… this year seems to have flown by!

So much has happened this year… my first born graduated from high school, and she got engaged to a wonderful guy.  I’m thrilled he will be joining our family.  My youngest started 4th grade!  It’s been quite a year.

Anyway, enough of that, or I shall be writing this review with teary eyes.  To avoid the tears, lets get to the tea of the day, shall we?

MALTED CHOCOMATÉ

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

This is roasted yerba mate with organic cacao nibs and all natural chocolate and malt flavors. It is one delicious energy kick! If you missed our last yerba mate blend, you can read more about mate and it’s properties here. This is our first roasted mate blend. The previous mate blends were made with green yerba mate. The difference in flavor is similar to the difference between a black and a green tea, though the roasted mate still has tiny bit more of a vegetal taste than black tea.

Taster’s Review:

Another favorite from 52Teas, and for good reason.  With this one, it’s all about the chocolate, baby!  Of all the 52Teas I’ve tried thus far, this one is by far the most chocolate-y (although, if you are a chocoholic like I am, I also highly recommend the Chocolate Malt Honeybush from My Sweet Honeybush, which I would say is probably neck and neck when it comes to chocolate-y-ness).

I previously reviewed this tea for the Tea Review Blog, and really my feelings about this delicious tisane have not changed.  It is still just as rich and delicious as it was when I wrote the review.

The Yerba Maté does have a vegetative quality to it but I don’t find it distracting.  What is especially nice is how well the roasted aspect of the Yerba Maté enhances the flavor of the chocolate.  The flavor is sweet, pleasantly toasty, and decadent.

To be quite honest, I would prefer this to a chocolate ice cream malt any day, if for no other reason than that I find tea to be infinitely more soothing and comforting than ice cream.  Don’t get me wrong, I love ice cream (and malts!), but if given a choice between ice cream and tea… I’d choose tea every time.  And even though this is not technically a “tea” because it’s made from Yerba Maté leaves and not tea leaves, I still love how wonderful this really is.

And even though it is rather soothing and comforting, the Yerba Maté definitely is rather invigorating!  I wouldn’t recommend sipping on this just before bedtime.  I find the caffeine in Yerba Mate to be more stimulating than that in tea, but without the “jolt” that coffee delivers – and without the inevitable nausea (at least for me) that follows the coffee jolt.

This is truly a delicious blend – one that is definitely worthy of its place in 52Teas permanent collection, one I am glad was featured in this 12 Teas of Christmas box, and one that should definitely be on the shelf of every chocolate lover!  It’s so good!

On the 5th Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

Good things come to those who wait?

I’ve heard this before, but, is it really true?

Well, in the case of these 12 Teas of Christmas, I have had many (well, five so far!) good things come to me as I’ve been waiting patiently for each day to arrive.  However, I suspect that I would have still had these teas even if I hadn’t waited.

But don’t tell the kids that.  It is important for them to know that good things come to those who wait.  I don’t know why it is important for them to know this.  For some reason, my parents thought it was important that I know this, and now, 52Teas feels the need to echo that sentiment.

But… we needn’t wait any longer!  Today’s tea of the day is…

CHOCOLATE MINT BLACK TEA

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Description:

We had a special request to create a stunning chocolate mint tea to serve at a wedding reception and to offer as wedding favors for guests at the wedding. The result was so awesome, I think we should share it with our other customers. So, without further ado, here is our featured tea of the week for the week of July 13th, the ultimate dessert tea, our chocolate mint flavored black tea, with real organic cacao nibs, fresh cut peppermint and all natural flavors.

Taster’s Review:

This tea came as a very welcome surprise this morning!  I have tasted this tea (you can read my review of it here), but it is such a delicious tea, I don’t mind that at all.

This one tastes just as good as I remember it:  a bright, crisp minty taste and a smooth, rich chocolate flavor.  The black tea is robust and strong but rather than interrupting the flavors of the chocolate and mint, it somehow manages to enhance them.

The best part of this tea:  the chocolate and mint flavors intensify as I continue to make my way down the cup.

The worst part of this tea:  when it’s gone.

This was a delicious treat.  I can’t wait to see what tea I’ll be enjoying tomorrow!

On the 2nd Day of Christmas … from 52Teas

Yay!  I don’t think I’ve looked this forward to counting down the days before Christmas since I was a kid!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas – it’s my favorite holiday.  I love decorating my tree (I have a very unique set of ornaments, most are handmade!) and the best part is spending time with my family and experiencing the magic of the holiday through the eyes of my kids.

But, that’s the thing!  There is something that is so magical about the season for children!

I have been able to recapture some of that magical feeling – thanks to 52Teas!  Today’s sampler package says “Ah, Ah, Ah!  Do NOT open until December 15th”  As I read this, I could almost feel Santa’s finger shaking in my direction, as if to indicate that I might get nothing but coal in my stocking if I peek!

Today’s MAGICAL Tea of Christmas is …

CHOCOLATE CHAI

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Product Information:

This is a match made in heaven. Our traditional, hand-blended masala chai with organic cacao nibs and milk chocolate chips. So chocolatey, it should be illegal. Don’t miss out, this one is going to go FAST!

Taster’s Review:

I was really excited this morning when I opened this pouch because this is one that I’ve not tried before.  I’ve had their Mayan Chocolate Chai and their Chocolate Cheesecake Chai and even their Decaf Chocolate Cheesecake Chai (which, incidentally, I think tastes even better than the regular version!)

But not their Chocolate Chai.  I was very interested to see how it differed from these other varieties, so, needless to say, I was very antsy while I waited for the tea to brew!  If I could have made time go faster during that four minutes, I would have!

This is really good.  Much more chocolate-y than I would have expected (because, well, I am a chocoholic, and I usually expect there to be not enough chocolate).  The black tea is a smooth, rich base and I like the interplay between tea and chocolate here.  The chocolate seems to enhance the tea and vice versa.

That being said, I feel that the spices are lacking just a little bit.  I attribute this primarily to my being a bit biased when it comes to spiced chai blends; the spices just don’t taste very balanced.  Perhaps a little black pepper or a little bit of cloves?

Don’t get me wrong, I really do like this tea for what it is, and I am not disappointed at all!  I love the chocolate in this, and it is perhaps the best chocolate tea that I’ve tried from 52Teas.  But it isn’t the best spiced chai I’ve had from them.  However, it is still very delicious – an absolutely splendid tea for this time of year! – and I am very happy that I had the opportunity to try it!

Now … I am left to wonder which tea it shall be tomorrow?  Ah… the anticipation!

Indian Mocha Chai from EnoyingTea.com

Tea Type: Chai Tea (Black Tea)

Where To Buy: EnjoyingTea.com

Product Description:

This Sri Lankan Chai is made from Indian spices and high-grown Ceylon tea with natural cherry and chocolate flavors. The combination of ingredients gives this tea the depth and character of those served in Chai stands prevalent in India and Sri Lanka. This tea has a superb body with mellow Indian spice notes and overtones of mocha. When brewed this chai is coppery and bright in color and is wonderful served with milk.

Tasters Review:

I was pleasantly surprised with this one…it was mellower that I expected and I am grateful for that.  I was thinking it was going to be all-spice…and nothing more but it was part cocoa and and partially spicy-E but full and a nice black chai.

I have spent 3 nice sit-downs with this chai and it is one that has made it to my favorites list.  Mostly because it is different than most of the chai I have tasted thus far.

Another reason I like this is because it’s from EnjoyingTea.com and I have tried several of their teas and think this is one of the many that have stood out to me.  Another reason I like EnjoyingTea.com is because their shipping is extremely reasonable – it’s a flat rate shipping fee of just $3.98 and if you buy $60 or more…it’s FREE.  They will also send you some free tea with the purchase of a tea pot or tea set!  AND they will even send you a FREE Tea Cup with the purchase of loose leaf tea(s) over $80!

They are a very giving company and have a nice selection as well as offer some unique tastes that I haven’t found elsewhere!

Hazelnut Truffle from Tea Forté

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tea Forté

Product Description:

A rich black tea with luscious Belgian chocolate, rosebuds, cacao and roasted coconut flakes. Enriched with notes of toasted Hazelnuts.

Taster’s Review:

I was very excited to try this tea.  Chocolate?  Hazelnuts?  Coconut?  and Roses?  Sounds heavenly if you ask me!

The aroma of the dry leaf is hazelnut with hints of chocolate and coconut.  I couldn’t smell much from the rose in the dry leaf, although I can pick up vague floral notes in the liquor.

The black tea base is pretty mild here.  It isn’t very aggressive, but then, I wouldn’t want it to be, because it would spoil the other flavors going on.  I like the smooth, even-tone of the black tea as it is here.

The flavor is creamy and rich.  I am tasting more hazelnut than anything else, but the chocolate is there too.  Speaking as a chocoholic, I think it could use a bit more chocolate (but then, if a little chocolate is good, more chocolate is better, and a lot of chocolate is best.  That’s my motto!)

The creamy flavor that I am getting comes primarily from the coconut, I don’t get a whole lot of specific coconut notes, but I do get that creaminess.  I do get a little bit of coconut in the finish too.

The rose is not very strong in this, but its there if you focus on the sip.  About mid-sip, I get a little bit of flowery sweetness, and in the finish there is a subtle sharpness that is also a distinct rose characteristic.  Both of these notes are very subtle, but they’re there.

A very good cup of tea.  Perhaps one of the best that I’ve tried from Tea Forté.  I think what I’m liking best about it is that it IS a very contemplative cup, one that I am enjoying sipping.

Dark Chocolate Orange from Sands of Thyme

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Sands of Thyme

Product Description:

Ingredients: black tea Assam, cocoa bits, orange bits, natural flavor, cardamom, pink pepper

Tasters Review:

I’m always up to try Orange Chocolate ANYTHING!!  I’m originally  from the Buffalo, NY, area and Orange Chocolate is HUGE in Buffalo!  When I moved from that area several years ago many people I spoke to regarding my love of orange chocolate had never even heard of it before! I was AMAZED at this fact!  I still am today!  So…if you have never tried orange chocolate before PLEASE do – at least once in your life!

Anyhow…When I received an assortment of teas from Sands of Thyme I HAD to try this one first!

This smells much like Orange Chocolate right out of the package. Once infused add spices to that aroma and that is what you have here!  It’s medium brown in color – post infusion.

This tastes like Orange Chocolate and cardamom. It’s a really good taste.  It’s not heavy on the dark chocolate aspect but that won’t interrupt me from enjoying this tasty cup of tea!  Ahhhhh!

Noël à Vienne from Dammann Frères

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Dammann Frères

Company Description:

A blend of non smoked teas from China and Ceylon with chocolate, apricot and vanilla, fruit bits and orange peels.

Taster’s Review:

Noël à Vienne – translation – Christmas is coming!

Wow!  You know, every time I taste a tea from Dammann Frères – I can’t help but fall in love with it and proclaim it my new favorite from this company.  Their teas are just spectacular, and I’ve yet to find one that I’ve not absolutely loved!

The black tea used in this blend has a brisk, deep flavor to it that reminds me a bit of freshly baked cookies.  It is not a strong “cookie” essence – but when it is combined with the apricot, chocolate and vanilla flavors of this blend, it really seems to come alive and remind me quite a bit of the apricot cookies my grandmother used to bake.

There is no one real strong flavor in this tea for me, they all seem to come together in a harmonious, seamless flavor that tastes and even smells a bit like Christmas.  Not the peppermint candy kind of Christmas, but the gathering of family around a warm hearth and eating fresh baked cookies kind of Christmas.

This is the kind of tea that evokes happy memories.  This is that kind of tea.

Earl Grey Tea-Infused Chocolate Truffle from Arbor Teas

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Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Company Description:

A milk chocolate shell filled with dark chocolate ganache infused with the citrusy tang of our Earl Grey Black Tea.

Taster’s Review:

Editor’s Note:  This review represents part 6 of 6 reviews, one review for each of the six flavors in the truffle collection available from Arbor Teas

I realize that I’ve probably said this about each and every truffle in this collection – but this one is the best!

The creamy milk chocolate is a perfect match with the Earl Grey tea – and while the chocolate IS the dominate flavor (it is a chocolate truffle, after all), the flavor of the black tea and bergamot do come through.

The flavor is very satisfying.  The chocolate is rich and sweet and absolutely delicious.  The bergamot has a clean, citrus-y note that lends a lightness to the taste.  The black tea notes are very soft in this, but not completely overwhelmed by the chocolate.

These chocolates are available during the months of November through February, so there’s no time to waste!   I think I discovered them on the Arbor Teas website back in March of this year, and it’s seemed like it took forever for November to finally get here so that I could try them!  I’ve been so looking forward to them, and they have EXCEEDED my high expectations.  They are really fantastic!

Product Review: Jasmine Tea-Infused Chocolate Truffle from Arbor Teas

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Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Company Description:

Dark chocolate ganache infused with our wonderfully-floral Jasmine Pearl Green Tea and grapefruit zest, diamond cut and dipped in white chocolate.

Taster’s Review:

Editor’s Note:  This review represents part 5 of 6 reviews, one review for each of the six flavors in the truffle collection available from Arbor Teas

Of the six truffles in this collection, I think that this one is the prettiest.  The pretty lavender blossoms on the white chocolate shell are beautiful!  This is almost too pretty to eat.  Almost!

The white chocolate shell is sweet and has just a little bit of snap to it when I bite into it, just before it gives way and my teeth sink into the tea-infused dark chocolate ganache.

I worried that I wouldn’t be able to taste the jasmine tea over the strong flavor of the dark chocolate ganache.  But after allowing the chocolate to slowly melt on my tongue, I could taste the jasmine notes.  The flavor is delicate amid the dark chocolate, but I can taste the jasmine and the green tea.

I think that the addition of the grapefruit zest helps this truffle immensely.  The grapefruit essence penetrates the deep chocolate flavor and enhances the flavor of the jasmine tea, and creates a euphoric experience for the palate!  This is absolutely amazing!

Of the five truffles that I’ve tasted thus far, this one is my favorite.  Delicious!  I am sad though, that I only have one truffle left.  I must send my husband a link to these truffles in the hopes that he will order some for me for Christmas!

Winter Mint Tea from Octavia Tea

Tea Type: Rooibos

Where To Buy: Octavia Tea

Product Description:

WINTER MINT
100% caffeine-free red tea (tin)

One of our best-selling teas, Winter Mint blends rooibos, sweet vanilla and a touch of chocolate-mint into a soothing treat and healthy alternative to dessert. Also called red tea, rooibos is rich in antioxidants and anti-aging properties.

NET WT (per tin): 4.06 oz (115 g)

  • Rooibos
  • Dried apple pieces
  • Vanilla chips
  • 100% organic peppermint
  • Chocolate
  • Natural vanilla flavor

This tea is made from 100% natural ingredients.

(Contains milk and soy products)

Tasters Review:

You may have noticed over the past week or two SororiTEA Sisters have upped the amount of Holiday Related Tea Posts!  Well, indeed, we have!  The Holiday Season is HERE afterall!  To add to our ever-growing list of Holiday Teas or Seasonal Teas…Here is another one!  One from Octavia Tea and it’s called WINTER TEA.

Winter Tea smells like Mint Chocolate Chip before infusion…right as you open the package.  Post infusion smells like Vanilla-Chocolate-Mint-Rooibos.

Taste-wise is first and foremost Mint then Chocolate then Vanilla then Rooibos then spice then back to chocolate then Vanilla-Rooibos!  Yup!  It’s a great wintery rollercoaster of flavor folks!  And I wouldn’t have it any other way!  This has a lot happening here but everything follows suit with what you would expect based on the idea of this tisane and the ingredients!

This is a very good flavored Rooibos and a yummy seasonal cuppa!

 

Product Review: Masala Chai Tea-Infused Chocolate Truffle from Arbor Teas

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Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Company Description:

White chocolate ganache infused with our spicy Masala Chai Black Tea, coated in white chocolate, and topped with a chocolate marble.

Taster’s Review:

Editor’s Note:  This review represents part 4 of 6 reviews, one review for each of the six flavors in the truffle collection available from Arbor Teas.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love these chocolates from Arbor Teas?

This one is a white chocolate ganache that’s been infused with Arbor Tea’s Masala Chai Black Tea blend.  I haven’t tried their Chai, so I don’t know if this is a fair representation of the flavor of their chai tea, but, if it is, I’d have to say that it is a very pleasing chai, indeed!

I can taste the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves distinctly, but less flavor from the ginger and black pepper come through.  There is a nice peppery aftertaste that cuts through some of the sweet white chocolate, however, it is a faint flavor.  I detect very little of the black tea flavor, but I can taste a hint of it.

My favorite part of this treat was the gold-leaf embellished chocolate marble on top of the truffle.  I can taste a hint of bourbon in this and I personally think that there should have been more to this; it would have accented the flavors in the truffle very nicely.

If my favorite local coffee house made a white chocolate chai latte, I would imagine it tasting a bit like this.  It is very sweet and rich, but very decadent and delicious.

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