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.

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!

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.

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

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Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Company Description:

A healthy dose of our organic Matcha Green Tea give the white chocolate center of this milk chocolate truffle a vivid green color and rich green tea flavor.

Taster’s Review:

Editor’s Note:  This review represents part 3 of 6 reviews, one review for each of the six flavors in the truffle collection available from Arbor Teas

Absolutely delightful!  Divine!

Of the three that I’ve tried thus far, I think that this one is probably the best representation of the tea with which it has been infused.  In fact, if you don’t care for Matcha, you just might (might!) not find this truffle as enjoyable as I do.

The Matcha flavor here is strong – but not overwhelming. I can feel the slightly chalky grit to the Matcha.  That is not to say that this does not have a smooth, creamy ganache center, because it is very smooth and creamy.  However, because there is actual Matcha powder blended with the sweet white chocolate, there is going to be some grittiness to it.  It isn’t off-putting though… it is more like a reminder that this is Matcha that you’re tasting!

The flavors here are so perfectly matched.  The milk chocolate is sweet, the white chocolate is mild, and the matcha is fresh and vibrant.  I’ve tried a few Matcha chocolates in the past, I think that this might be the best one yet!

I highly recommend picking up a box of these fantastic chocolates.  They’d make a terrific gift for the tea lover on your list, too!  (Even if that tea lover is you!)

Product Review: Pineapple Passion Tea-Infused Chocolate Truffle from Arbor Teas

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Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Company Description:

Our sweet and fruity Pineapple Passion Green Tea is infused in the soft, creamy which chocolate ganache that fills the dark chocolate shell.

Taster’s Review:

Editor’s Note:  This review represents part 2 of 6 reviews, one review for each of the six flavors in the truffle collection available from Arbor Teas.

I believe I started “part 1” of this series of Arbor Tea Chocolate Truffle reviews with the words “Oh yummy!” and at the risk of sounding redundant:  Oh yummy!

These truffles are a little bit of heaven.  This Pineapple Passion truffle has been infused with the flavor of Arbor Teas’ Pineapple Passion tea – a tropical-flavored green tea.  I haven’t yet tried this tea (although I hope I will one of these days), but it certainly does make a delicious truffle!

The flavor is sweet – not just from the chocolate, but, also from the delicate notes of passion fruit and pineapple.  I can even taste the green tea flavor, although I must admit that the chocolate flavor does overwhelm the delicate green tea just a little bit.

The key is to savor the truffle by allowing it to melt upon the tongue slightly.  This gives the flavors time to reach the palate so that they can properly be experienced. Enjoying the truffles this way will not result in a lot of green tea flavor, but it will result in more green tea flavor than if you were to happily munch through the truffle without allowing the flavors to develop on the palate.

The pineapple tastes sweet and juicy, as does the passion fruit.  Pleasantly tropical.  The white chocolate is smooth and creamy.  I like that the white chocolate is used for the ganache in this truffle, so that it doesn’t completely overwhelm the green tea taste.

The dark chocolate shell is slightly bitter, slightly sweet – and as much as I adore dark chocolate, I can’t help but wonder if I could taste more of the green tea if the shell had been made from white chocolate.

I do love the combination of white chocolate and dark chocolate, though.  White chocolate is often too sweet for my liking, so I love how the slight bitter tones of the dark chocolate cut through that sweet creaminess just enough, making this truffle not too sweet – just incredibly decadent!

I am REALLY enjoying this journey through this box of truffles!

Product Review: Lapsang Souchong Tea-Infused Chocolate Truffle from Arbor Teas

Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Company Description:

A rich, smoky combination of dark chocolate ganache and our smoked Lapsang Souchong Black Tea, square cut and dipped in dark chocolate.

Taster’s Review:

Editor’s Note:  This review represents part 1 of 6 reviews, one review for each of the six flavors in the truffle collection available from Arbor Teas

Oh yummy!  Is there anything more exciting than tea-infused chocolates?  As a foodie, I love it when two of my favorite edibles are paired together in one delectable item.  And as a tea enthusiast AND chocoholic, I simply cannot resist these Tea-Infused truffles from Arbor Teas.

The appearance of this truffle is truly luxurious.  Regal even!  It has a brush stroke of glittery edible gold leaf, which adds a bit of sparkle and elegance to this yummy truffle.

And as some of you are probably aware, I’m not particularly fond of Lapsang Souchong.  I am slowly acquiring a taste for this classic, but, still, it’s not my favorite tea.  So, this is the one chocolate truffle in the six about which I was the most skeptical.

But, it is truly amazing!  The smokiness that usually throws me off in a Lapsang Souchong tea tastes absolutely divine in this dark chocolate truffle.  The deep, dark caramel-y notes of the tea create a flavor that is euphoric!

If this chocolate is any indication of what lies ahead with the other five truffles – I am truly in for a treat!  This truffle is amazingly, SINFULLY delicious!

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