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I used 1 tablespoon (emptied triangular pyramid bag unit) for 188 ml of water.
Brewed tea has a chocolatey richness to the aroma with the mint in the background.
On the sip I getting primarily a mint flavour with the chocolate in the background. The mint flavour is found near the front of the sip which disappears into the chocolate taste near the end. The immediate chocolate aftertaste is rich and reminds me of a thick hot chocolate.
Thank you to Indigobloom for passing on a couple of bags of this tisane to me!
Just a quick note before I crash.
This required FAR too much sugar to make it chocolatey. The mint seriously dominated. Milk helped a little.
I much prefer the regular, non minty version. Oh well I need to experiment!
That said, it was pretty tasty. Only my comparison to the amazing regular cacao tea makes this one pale.
I really enjoyed the mint and chocolate combo, I just feel that the reg version has more depth.
I have only a sample of this, given to me by the gracious owner of Herbal Infusions. He gave a presentation to our group all about his shop, and tea of the month club (actually that part is under a separate company. We learned all about cacao and how the supplier is fair trade etc, which I think is awesome.
Anyhow, now that I’ve tried it, well his evil genius plan seems to have worked. I must buy some. Right Now!! oh wait, it’s 9:40p and he won’t be open. Right. Darn.
There is one more serving left, so that will have to do for now. Until then, I am going to be spinning in circles, waiting waiting waiting…
because I loooove dark hot chocolate. And this? this tastes just like it! only there is a fraction of the caffeine and all the antioxidants. I won’t ever have to feel guilty for drinking cocoa again!! ever! yeeeehaaaww!
I wonder what this’d be like with milk? or in a smoothie! Yummmm.
Here’s the trick for this tea: the longer you steep, the better it tastes. I usually can’t resist steeping it for longer than 6-7 min, and add a bit of soymilk. It tastes like hot chocolate. I’m honest. Forget about Carnation, this is MUCH BETTER.
I quickly sampled this one a while back but didn’t have enough time to officially log…but I do remember it being very flavorful and memorable!
So…here I am drinking it again before I pass the rest along to LiberTEAs!
I gotta GOOSEBERRY, a GOOSEBERRY…I gotta GOOSEBERRY, a GOOSEBERRY! I gotta GOOSEBERRY and it floated to the TOP! (to the beat of Pop Goes The Weasel, the Weasel!)
The orange, gooseberry, and apple work amazingly well together but you throw in that succulent vanilla and all is well with the world!
This smells and tastes just like anything CREAMSICLE should! Really REALLY wonderful!!! Excellent! Great flavor!
Peppermint and Lavender? I’m game! The Peppermint is STRONG and I LOVE that! The Lavender is a nice secondary to it! The flavor combo and intensity is pretty wonderful! It’s Aromatherapy in a cup! Darned Special!
Hmmm. I decided to try this one again, this time adding some ginger into the mix. Oh my goodness, what a difference! It tastes a lot like DT’s The Skinny, which is great. It has a bit more of an oolong-y taste to it than The Skinny, which I find mostly dominated by orange and ginger. This one still has great undertones of grapefruit and ginger, but the flavour is much more complex and interesting. I like it so much more now, and am glad to have an entire pot of it in front of me :-)
I am so glad I bought some of this, and need to go back for more ASAP. This is amazing!! Tastes just like dark chocolate. In a tea. I like that it’s JUST cacao, because I’m getting tired of those chocolate blends and really just needed something like this. I love it. Like Jessie, I can’t wait to do splendid things with this tea.
I like that these teas are not as sweet, they are more tart and true to flavour. I thought this one was good, but maybe had a bit too much… lime? I’m not sure. I wasn’t sure when I was drinking it, but I wish it had a bit more coconut. This one could easily taste even more like a tropical beverage, waiting to transport you to the beach. That being said, this tea was still fantastic, and would probably be even better iced, which I’m excited to try.
I thought this was THE one for me. My two favourite things rolled into one. I am enjoying it immensely, but I wish that the oolong was a bit less roasty, more floral, and that the grapefruit made me pucker. That’s okay. It’s still drinkable, and I still get some notes of grapefruit. The oolong is quite nice, and I think that my note will be biased because I had such high hopes, and now they’ve been dashed. It’s nice on the tongue: The oolong gives the first impression, then the citrus-y flavour of the grapefruit can be tasted at the back of the tongue, and lingers in the after taste.
Oh what’s the point in hiding my disappointment? I feel like Charlie Brown.
This is one of Dan’s gems – it comes with a delicious smell of dark chocolate and tastes like a better version of hot chocolate. I’ve bought several portions as gifts, and plan on buying more for christmas presents. A great gift for someone who loves chocolate – stand out by giving them something more unique than a high quality bar.
When you think red velvet, you think of the cake which is deliciously moist cake with a cream cheese icing. This tea makes the “cake” a raspberry base and the “icing” hints of vanilla. It smell delicious when steeping and tastes as good as it smells. Not being a huge fan of rooibos teas, a tea like this could change my mind.
Yesterday, leaving for work, I put a teaspoon of this along with some green rooibos into my travel press with some boiling water. It had a good 45 minutes to steep before I got to it, and was delicious! Earthy but decadent.
This is the first flavoured Oolong I’ve tried that I feel successfully marries what I love about Oolongs with the added flavours. Better yet, this is a nice light Oolong, which I’m partial to. Most of the flavoured ones I have tend to be darker.
The green freshness of the base blends so well with the fruity freshness of the grapefruit, which manages not to be overpowering. I can taste the base loud and clear and an intriguing wave of grapefruit follows, like I’ve squeezed a little fresh grapefruit into the cup. Very subtle yet memorable, the way I like ’em. It makes me think I could drink this one regularly. It also re-steeps remarkably well for a flavoured tea; after a first steep, I transferred the leaves to my gaiwan and got another two or three infusions out of it before going to bed. I drank this hot but did chill a small cup of the first infusion. It was nice and, interestingly, it tasted more roasty Oolongy cold than it did hot.
This stuff is good. Really good. I told myself when stepping into Herbal Infusions that I wouldn’t buy anything aside from maybe a tea to go. When I smelled this one, there was no resisting. It just smells like straight-up chocolate. And, sweetened chocolate at that. For some reason I get milk chocolate from it. Even once infused for a good 8 minutes, it smells like commercial hot chocolate mix in the best possible way. It tastes deliciously chocolatey but even through the sweetness maintains that great earthiness I’ve come to love in cocoa products.
I have big plans for this one. Lattes, added cocoa powder, blending with green rooibos. It’s going to be good.
I wandered into Herbal Infusions last night during Nuit Blanche, and they kindly provided me with a couple samples. This one was first to be tried as I was trying to wake up this “morning”. I drew a bath and settled in for a soak with a cup of this.
This is really nice, and a good choice for waking up with after a long night. It’s both refreshing, with the bold flavours, and calming, with the smooth black base. The lime is very potent-smelling in the dry leaf, reminding me of a lime popsicle. Once infused it’s a little more subdued (not much!), and more natural-tasting than I expected from the scent, thanks to the lime peel I imagine. The coconut of course takes a back seat here but it does chime in, lending a sweet creaminess. I can’t help but compare this to DAVIDsTEA’s Cocomama Lime, which I had high hopes for but was disappointed by, so I’m happy that the coconut holds up in the flavour of this one. I think it compares very favourably.
This also did well in a second infusion (I got out of the bath to resteep my tea; is this going too far?), which I tend not to try with my black teas. It was less tart and more sweet and I may have actually preferred the second steep. Final observation: this tea is begging to be made into an alcoholic beverage. Margarita, perhaps?
It’s good as a breakfast tea, not too astringent or malty, very light, definitely agree on Darjeeling taste (which is understandable given it’s an English Breakfast). Has a pleasant aftertaste too.
It seems like the name of the tea dictates it’s taste quite a lot, it sure tastes young. It is a simple pu-erh. It’s bitterness is a little less refined than other pu-erhs I tried, it doesn’t have many complex notes and it didn’t have much of an aftertaste for me except for standard bitterness. All in all it’s an easy drinking tea and by far not a bad pu-erh, just a little too plain for my personal liking.
I was pondering for the longest time what this tea steeped smelled like to me and the best I came up with is lemony briar lollipop with a hint of black tea. Regardless of what it truly is it smells amazing, as a morning tea it just hits the spot.
It has very mild bitterness almost zesty. It’s a full flavored bold tea, yet not at all over-powering. There are very obvious grapefruit notes in it. Everything about this tea screams citrus to me, yet in a very subtle elegant way. It’s not so much of a taste that is citrusy, the tea rather wakes those tastes up in your mouth as you drink it.
Amazing tea, I will definitely check out more Darjeelings thanks to this one.
I would say it’s a good breakfast or all-day-round tea, it’s not overly complex, very light pleasant taste (I noticed a bit of a hay note to it) while drinking with a bit of astringent aftertaste, slightly bitter. I am not very knowledgeable of orange pekoes, it seems like they are supposed to be clean and easy drinking, I can definitely agree that this tea falls under this description. Not my cup of tea, pardon the pun, it lacks boldness and complexity to me. Verdict – something you’d drink as an all day tea, not to savor.
Pu-erh is not for your average orange pekoe tea drinker nor is Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu Erh for your purist aged tea drinker. This however is a great cup and a great way finish an excellent meal. Sweet toffee notes permeate the hardiness of the Pu-erh and with a little milk and one bag of sugar in the raw it was unique and satisfying.