Right now, Acquired Taste Tea Co. are offering to send two samples free, so I decided to jump on that. I’m all into spicy chocolate, so this one was automatically the first choice.
When I open the pouch, the beautiful aroma of cocoa and spice fills the air. It sounds weird, but it actually reminds me of a rich, spicy bath product I once had. It smells very fresh too. The dry leaf is speckled with red peppercorns.
Steeped, it smells the same as it does in the pouch. Maybe a little more chocolatey. When it comes to taste, this is definitely a harmonious blend of cocoa and peppercorns. I can feel the heat from the peppercorns at the back of my mouth, but it’s not overwhelming at all. The cocoa doesn’t come out as much as I would have liked taste-wise, but it’s still a pleasurable sip.
One great thing about this tea is you can leave it steeping for upwards of ten minutes and it won’t even get bitter. That’s a bonus for me because I love bringing out the heat in this even more. I’ve steeped this with the same leaves thrice and as long as you steep it longer than the time before, it tastes nearly the same.
I think Acquired Taste Tea Co. acquired another customer! Too bad I didn’t know about them sooner despite the fact that they used to be in my backyard. Will definitely be making a purchase of this and trying out more.