Product Review: White Chocolate with Jumpy Monkey Yerba Mate from DAVIDsTEA

White Chocolate with Jumpy Monkey Yerba MateTea Information:

Leaf Type: Yerba Mate/Chocolate

Where to Buy: DAVIDsTEA

Tea Description:

Looking for a rich and decadent pick-me-up? Check out this deliciously creamy chocolate bar, a combination of the finest imported white chocolate and our java-spiked Jumpy Monkey tea. With yerba mate, cocoa nibs and coffee beans, it makes for an exotic taste of the rainforest at its finest. Made in partnership with a Montreal chocolatier.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve had this tea before as a latte, and as far as I can remember it wasn’t too impressive. Kind of run of the mill, actually? However I was still pretty pumped to see it in chocolate bar format at the store yesterday because, first off, I love white chocolate though also because even though I’m not a huge fan of coffee I have a special place in my heart for white chocolate coated coffee beans. My Dad used to buy them in bulk, and late at night I’d sneak into the kitchen (when I was around eleven) and eat small handfuls out of the bag in the pantry. And of course, I’d have problems falling asleep after that…

However, this is a slight let down if I’m being honest. I mean, the white chocolate is really good! I love the white chocolate that DAVIDsTEA uses for these chocolate bars. The problem, for me, is that it really over powers the flavour of the tea/coffee. It doesn’t help part of the profile of this tea is white chocolate in the first place. I’m conflicted by this. One thing I dislike about DAVIDsTEA’s chocolate bars is that the infused chunks are often too large but in this rare occasion I really wanted more large pieces because without them the tea is lost. I wish there was a better way to ensure a more consistent size for the pieces used in these chocolate bars, but I don’t know what the best way to go about finding it would be. However, it does at least seems like DAVIDsTEA is trying to do that because these newer bars do at least seem to consistently use smaller pieces and I know that was something that was really being criticized prior to the change. So I commend them for that.

But without the flavour of the tea, this is just a super expensive white chocolate bar.

Bamboo Tea from My Cup of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal Tisane

Where to Buy:  My Cup of Tea

Product Description:

Rich in fiber and protein, bamboo tea lowers body heat and helps reduce the free radicals that have been shown to contribute to heart diseases.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  I wasn’t sure what I expected this to taste like prior to taking a sip.  I have only tried bamboo leaves as part of tea blends, but never by themselves like this.  I have to say that I’m really enjoying it!

Something that some people may not know about me is that I spent my teen years on a ranch of sorts.  We had horses and cattle, so I spent a fair amount of time around hay and alfalfa.  And that is what comes to mind when I sip this tea.  It tastes and smells a bit like fresh hay.  Not the first thing I would think of when contemplating “delicious” but it is actually pretty tasty.

It is sweet and mild and strangely soothing.  Perhaps that is the lowering of body heat that the above description mentions, because it is rather warm and I’m feeling much cooler than I was when I started sipping.

It’s a little different from what I’m used to drinking, but it isn’t unpleasant.  Instead, I would say that this tea has been a very pleasant surprise, indeed!