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drank Haute Chocolate by Teavana
1180 tasting notes

I went through an ordering phase not long ago where I stuck anything that had the word chocolate in it in my shopping basket any time I bought anything from anyplace. Ok, maybe that’s a tiny exaggeration, but it was certainly true of online tea shopping. I was kidnapped by the chocolate tea nymphs and made to do all sorts of unimaginable things.

That explains why I voluntarily ordered rooibos from Teavana.

The mixture is kind of funky. I found what looked like about half of a stick of cinnamon in among the pumpkin-seed looking green cardamom, almost purple colored flakes that must be the chocolate, red rooibos, something that looked like chocolate chips (carob?), and assorted other hunks ’o stuff.

The tea looks a lot like apple cider, the kind that’s opaque. Oddly it doesn’t smell very chocolatey. There’s some chocolate right at the beginning, then a lull of almost no aroma, then the spiciness at the end, with a black pepper exclamation point.

The flavor is pretty much the same. It’s surprisingly vacant right in the middle, with flavor at the beginning and the end of the sip. I wonder whether, like other Teavana blends, I should increase the mixture/water ratio?

Better yet, I think I should make this on the stovetop with milk and sweetener and see how it comes out. It does have a lot of similarity with a chocolate chai, without the caffeine.

Further experimentation will be necessary. Though I’m not getting a lot of rooibos thanks to the spiciness of the blend, this would not be a top choice for me among tisanes just drinking it straight up.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kristin

Thanks for saving me from this one! :) You should try Choco*Late from American Tea Room. I LOVE it.

ashmanra

Has you tried Chocolate Tea from Harney and Sons? I am on the fence about ordering it. I don’t NEED it but I might…you know….need it.

Rabs

Those fargin’ chocolate tea nymphs! ::shakes fist in air::

sophistre

The H&S tea isn’t bad, I’ve had it, but it’s very subtle — like most of H&S’s teas. High quality, and a very balanced blend.

For splurging and feeling like I’m actually sipping something with chocolate in it (because I am), I really like Chocolate Delight from Tea Guys. If you brew it like a chai on the stovetop (boil it in water and then in milk), it’s fannnnntastic. Sweeten it with a wedge of Scharffen Berger and you could be forgiven for thinking it was actually hot chocolate.

ashmanra

Ooooh, decadent!

Jamie

Omg I need chocolate! Hmm I have Chocomate and Chocolate Mint rooibos – opposite ends of the caffeine chain but they’re both equally divine. (my two cents).

__Morgana__

Will try all these chocolate marvels I haven’t yet had the pleasure to try. Eventually. I am having anxiety dreams where I find myself sinking in a quicksand of tea containers!

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Kristin

Thanks for saving me from this one! :) You should try Choco*Late from American Tea Room. I LOVE it.

ashmanra

Has you tried Chocolate Tea from Harney and Sons? I am on the fence about ordering it. I don’t NEED it but I might…you know….need it.

Rabs

Those fargin’ chocolate tea nymphs! ::shakes fist in air::

sophistre

The H&S tea isn’t bad, I’ve had it, but it’s very subtle — like most of H&S’s teas. High quality, and a very balanced blend.

For splurging and feeling like I’m actually sipping something with chocolate in it (because I am), I really like Chocolate Delight from Tea Guys. If you brew it like a chai on the stovetop (boil it in water and then in milk), it’s fannnnntastic. Sweeten it with a wedge of Scharffen Berger and you could be forgiven for thinking it was actually hot chocolate.

ashmanra

Ooooh, decadent!

Jamie

Omg I need chocolate! Hmm I have Chocomate and Chocolate Mint rooibos – opposite ends of the caffeine chain but they’re both equally divine. (my two cents).

__Morgana__

Will try all these chocolate marvels I haven’t yet had the pleasure to try. Eventually. I am having anxiety dreams where I find myself sinking in a quicksand of tea containers!

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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