First cup of the day. I purchased a sample pack of this, didn’t think much of it, and it got moved to the bottom of my tea drawer. Maybe I’ll like it better today? The dry leaves and tea do smell very enticing – warm milk chocolate with just a hint of sweet fruit. I’m such a sucker for anything that smells even remotely like chocolate! Ugh, this is horribly bitter! I steeped it for exactly three minutes, but it tastes like it’s been steeped for an hour. I can taste a little of the chocolate flavor, but absolutely none of the strawberry or rose. Adding milk and sweetener covered up some of the bitterness and brought out a little more of the sweet chocolate, but it’s still not that great. To it’s credit, it does become less bitter as it cools, but saying it tastes like chocolate-covered strawberries is a huge stretch. I could try playing with the steeping times but I don’t think it’s really worth it when there’s so many better teas out there, you know? I don’t like fighting with my teas. Haha, oh now I remember why I don’t care for this tea! :)
-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves with pink and yellow rose petals.
-Dry leaves smell like milk chocolate and black tea. Tea liquor aroma is of warm chocolate with a hint of sweet fruit.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark brown color.
-Slightly bitter and malty flavor with a wispy chocolate finish.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Fair tea. Somewhat bitter chocolate tea. Little strawberry or rose flavors noticeable.