Cocoa Creme Black Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

Cocoa-Creme-BlackTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Simple Loose Leaf

Tea Description:

For the first time, the bold, aromatic flavors of coffee are introduced to our smooth South Indian black tea. This marriage is celebrated with spicy cocoa and creamy yogurt chips, surprising our senses and delighting anyone who thought they would never savor the best of both worlds. Incredible hot.

South Indian Flower Orange Pekoe Black Tea, Ground Coffee, Cocoa Powder, Yogurt Chips, Creme Brulee Flavor

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Taster’s Review:

I think that I should have read the description and the ingredients in this Cocoa Cream Black Tea before I added it to my subscription with Simple Loose Leaf – it has ground coffee in it!  Yikes!  I don’t drink coffee because it tends to make me upset to my stomach, and I’m hoping that this tea has enough polyphenols in it to buffer the effects of the coffee!

When I opened the pouch, I was blown away at how much it smelled like coffee!  Again, I smelled the tea before I read the description, so, I thought it was a little weird to be smelling coffee in a chocolate-y tea.  Then I saw the ingredient list on the package and saw “Coffee Grounds” listed.  Yep … that’s why I smell coffee!  Fortunately, I really like the smell of coffee.

And I can definitely taste the coffee too.  The coffee flavor is – disappointingly – stronger than the chocolate notes, and I was hoping that the coffee grounds were added to enhance the chocolate flavors, but it seems to me that it’s obscuring them.  I can still taste chocolate; however, the coffee is stronger.  I don’t taste a whole lot of “creme” from the yogurt or the creme brulee flavoring although I do taste a hint of sour/tangy from the yogurt.  I do taste a slight creaminess, but again, I feel like it’s being overpowered by the coffee.

Even the black tea notes are dominated by the coffee notes.  The coffee seems to have vanquished every other flavor in this cup, and while I do taste subtle notes of the other flavors,  the coffee permeates every sip strongly.  I would like for the coffee to be a more subtle flavor.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

I was lured in by the name of the tea:  Cocoa Creme.  I mean, it sounds amazing, doesn’t it?  I mean, as a chocoholic, why wouldn’t I want to try a tea called Cocoa Cream?  But I think that this tea suffers from a misnomer.  It should be called MOCHA Creme.

So far, I have tried three teas from Simple Loose Leaf with this subscription order, and this is the first one that I found disappointing.  I’m still not disappointed in the service … but this tea is just simply not up to par with the other two I’ve tasted.

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