4322 Tasting Notes
I purchased this some time ago, but this is my first time getting around to trying it. I received it while I was sick, and since my taste buds were not up to par, I didn’t think it made much sense to be trying new teas.
But now that my taste buds are back on track, I am ready to try the ULTIMATE. I must say that when I opened the package, the aroma was pretty amazing. It smelled like chocolate syrup. Not just any chocolate syrup, either, it smelled like my personal favorite – Holy Kakow! YUM!
And since 52Teas is responsible for one of my favorite rooibos blends – Chelsea’s Chocolate Banana Rooibos – well, let’s just say that I have high hopes for this blend.
Well, it’s good…
Definitely cocoa-y, but I feel like the flavor of the rooibos is interfering with the chocolate coming through. There is a dominate cocoa powder-ish essence to this, like I sprinkled a sweetened cocoa powder on my tongue. And the rooibos flavor is coming through too, a woodsy note, but not the icky sweetener taste of the rooibos, just the earthy-woodsy flavor of rooibos.
I’m liking it, but, I think I need to try it a few more times before I can really develop my opinion about it, and I will wait until then before I give it a numeric rating.
My second infusion of these leaves was a different cup entirely! I now taste more of the citrus-y flavors. And the bergamot! The chocolate has developed into a savory cacao flavor rather than the sweet chocolate flavor that I experienced with the first infusion.
Both infusions are very delicious… and I think the fact that the two infusions are so different from one another makes this tea even more enchanting, so I am therefore raising the numeric rating just a bit!
This is one of the most unusual Earl Grey teas I’ve ever encountered, and yep… that’s just why I ordered the sample of it – I simply had to try a Chocolate flavored Earl Grey tea.
The chocolate in this blend is surprisingly strong, while the bergamot is a bit more subdued… I really expected it to be the other way around. A very pleasant blend! I may have to actually order more of this one. A very good chocolate blend.
My husband and I are fans of The Celebrity Apprentice, and so we caved in and purchased this as well as the Trop A Rocka diet flavored Snapple. Hubby is diabetic, so he is drinking the Trop A Rocka, and I am allergic to aspartame, so I am drinking the Compassionberry (we were both rooting for Bret, though)
I don’t usually drink many RTD teas, because, well, they’re generally way too sweet for my taste and don’t usually taste much like tea.
Unfortunately, that is the case here, as well. I can definitely taste the sweet (very sweet), I can also taste the passionfruit and the strawberry flavorings… but I don’t taste much in the way of green or black teas.
But it is a good cause… and it isn’t horrible tasting, just a bit too sweet for my taste, and a bit more like fruit juice than tea. It would definitely be better than nothing if I were out and about.
Enjoying a cup of this tea right now – it went really nicely with my multi-grain toast with Nutella. (A local bakery here makes the most incredible bread! YUM)
Nice, sweet, nutty. The pineapple of this blend is more of a background note, I can taste it but it seems to be there mostly to create depth rather than to focus on pineapple flavor. Not surprisingly by the name of the tea – the nuts are the real stars of this cup.
Light, fresh, and yummy! The more I taste this tea, the more I like it.
I am currently enjoying a cup of this, now that I have a chance to sit down and relax after a very busy morning. As I sip this, I am thinking that it might make a pretty good iced tea.
One of the strangest teas that I’ve tasted… Although I am glad that I did. It has a slight tang to it – definitely a vinegar note, but it’s not overly sour… I would call it a tangy, savory quality instead. I think that the next time I try it, I might just add a tiny pinch of salt to it, and see how that tastes.
A bit of a backlog: I finished off the last of my stash of this one this morning. Since I had an early morning appointment, I didn’t have time for breakfast, so I wanted something that could be like my tea and breakfast all in one tea cup. :)
I will miss this tea. I say that about a lot of teas lately as I have been focusing on emptying my stash to make room for new teas. But it’s true. I really have enjoyed it. That being said, since I do have more teas on their way over the next couple of weeks, I can’t spend too much time or effort mourning the absence of these others… I’ve been hoarding too long! What matters is not that I do not have these teas any longer, but that I enjoyed them while I did have them. And this one I did enjoy!
I haven’t had this tea in a while, because, well, I hid it from myself so I wouldn’t be tempted. This is quite possibly the best black tea (at least, unflavored/non-chai/non-earl grey black tea) that I’ve ever tasted. It’s simply awesome.
Roast-y, toasty flavor, with a pleasant earthy quality to it. A savory cocoa note that I’ve not found in any other tea the way it is in this one. This tea stands alone! Amazing, delicious! Delightful!
Here is the review that I wrote for it on The Tea Review Blog: