Leaf Type: Black
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Ingredients: black tea, cocoa bits, barley malt, roasted chicory root, ginger bits, cardamom, flavor, black pepper
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As some of you probably are well aware, I am a chocoholic. Therefore, when it comes to tea, chocolate is one of my favorite flavorings. As a result, I have tasted a lot of chocolate teas, and I’ve reviewed quite a few of them.
There are a lot of great chocolate teas out there, and some of them … not so great. This one falls somewhere in between, leaning a little more toward the not so great than the great. And I confess myself to be a little disappointed, because I was really looking forward to this tea. I not only love chocolate, I especially love a spiced chocolate, because I love the contrast between sweet and spicy.
Let me start with the chocolate – it is a strong chocolate taste, and I like that. In fact, the chocolate flavor in this tea is its redeeming quality. It tastes authentic and rich and delicious, and it is what is keeping me sipping this tea.
The black tea base is decent, although it is plagued by the overwhelming flavor of chicory root. Normally, I enjoy chicory root in a tea – I love the deep, roasted flavor that it offers. However, with this tea the chicory root is too strong and overwhelms the tea. This causes the tea to have a funky taste that remains well into the aftertaste. The funky taste is almost numbing to the taste buds, and making the tea less enjoyable overall. It just tastes “off” somehow…
This tea is just OK with me. I liked the chocolate flavor, but its the rest of the blend that sort of ruins the cup for me. It isn’t my favorite, but I would really love to hear from others who have tried this tea and enjoyed it. It could be that I just got an “off” batch. I don’t know… but if you’ve tried it and liked it, please comment!