On the eighth day of Christmas, 52Teas gave to me…Double Chocolate Decadence!
I’ve tried three or four chocolate teas in my existence, but I’m still looking for one that’s really amazing rather than lacklustre. My experiences with 52Teas so far this sampler have been good, so I’m hoping this might be the one.
The dry leaves smell strongly of chocolate, and of something rather like wine. It’s quite a dark, bitter smell, so I’m hoping for a nice, deep chocolate taste when brewed. If it tastes anything like a bar of dark chocolate with a high cocoa solid content, which is what the scent is leading me to believe, then I’ll be a happy girl.
I was sort of expecting this to be thin tasting, but it’s not at all. It has a deep, dark, distinctly chocolate taste, but it’s not so strong that it disguises or overpowers the “tea” taste. As far as I’m concerned, that makes it a perfect chocolate tea — both elements are accounted for and have an equal part in the overall taste. A few of my friends don’t really like chocolate tea to taste overmuch of tea, but to me that’s half the point. If it wasn’t, I’d drink hot chocolate.
In summary, this is just what I wanted — dark chocolate, a nice solid flavour from the tea base, no astringency, and not artificial tasting or cloyingly over sweet. Love at first sip!