Gourmet Dark Chocolate Tea from sTEAp Shoppe

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Steap Shoppe

Tea Description:

Organic Kukicha Japanese Black Tea and Kosher Niligri Black Tea combined with Organic Cocoa Nibs.  Kukicha loose twig black tea has a rich coffee aroma that helps enhance the chocolate flavor of the cocoa nibs.  Giving depth to this loose leaf and twig tea we added Niligri black tea, the flavor and aroma create complexities on your palate. When you think of delicious dark chocolate you can’t go without the added benefit of organic vanilla which embraces the experience of your indulgence in this spectacular cup of tea. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve tasted a lot of chocolate tea over the past several years, and I think that this tea may be the most unique and unusual one that I’ve tried yet.

The base of teas is a blend of Nilgiri black tea and Kukicha black tea which in itself is rather unusual to me, because I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a black Kukicha.  Most Kukicha that I’ve tried has been green Kukicha.  I have tried the oxidized Kukicha, but, I don’t think I’ve ever had it referred to as black Kukicha.

Regardless, the addition of the Kukicha is what makes this tea really unique!  It adds a slightly smoky element to the taste, a somewhat toasty note that is quite delightful combined with the chocolate notes.  It also lightens the body a little bit, giving this a silkier taste rather than a richer, heavier taste.

The vanilla here adds a nice dimension as well.  It doesn’t taste overly “vanilla” or anything … nor does it add a tremendous creaminess to the cup, instead, I think it enhances some of the malty tones of the Nilgiri which melds with the chocolate tones to make for a very smooth, decadent chocolate flavor.

My only complaint, really, is that I’d like there to be more chocolate.  But then, when is that ever not a complaint from me?  I am a chocoholic, and more chocolate is better.  As it is though, I find this to have a pleasant level of chocolate, and I like the way the flavors all come together in this cup.  It’s a little smoky and roasty-toasty, warm, smooth, chocolate deliciousness!

Truly a unique chocolate blend – the more I sip it, the more I like it!

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