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This tea was the main reason I bought my sampler of Talbott teas. Green tea and strawberries just sound like such a wonderful mix! The dry tea smells fruity, like strawberry candy. The tea leaves are large, broken pieces with flower petals and stems mixed in. I don’t see any strawberry pieces.
After brewing, the leaves are full in the sachet and I do see some plump strawberry pieces mixed in now that everything is hydrated. The tea liquid is a light amber color and smells fruity still. I do like these sachets – they seem to contain everything much better than regular tea bags. Or maybe it’s just that the leaf is in such big pieces that nothing is small enough to seep out.
Unsweetened, I only taste the green tea – no fruit. Even with honey, the tea is not bringing out any of the fruit flavors; it’s just vaguely sweet. The tea isn’t bad – I’m just missing the strawberries.
Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Strawberry
I’m feeling a little more encouraged by this cup than I was by the last. The fragrance isn’t nearly so overwhelming to me now, and it actually does smell like an Earl Grey. A strong Earl Grey but still an Earl Grey. I’m nursing a headache today, along with a bit of soreness from yesterday’s dental work, so I’m hoping this tea will help.
I steeped this one too long so it’s a little bitter. The added cream and honey help though. In fact, this is much, much better with cream and honey. The bergamot is still a bit strong, but it has definitely been tamed. Bumping my rating because it has the potential to be good.
The weather when I woke up this morning was 7°F which, if you’ve ever been to Alabama, is COLD. Those of you who live up north will laugh but they actually delayed opening schools this morning! No ice, no snow, just cold. I grabbed this tea out of the cupboard at the last minute because I knew it would be cold and I would need something strong and warming.
Upon opening the bag, the first and most prominent thing I noticed was the smell of bergamot. It was almost overwhelming. It had a bitter edge to it and still does now even after steeping. It is drying but sticky, and it leaves a burning sensation on my tongue. It’s also perfumy but not at all in a good way. I let this one cool and it’s a bit easier to drink now but not by much. It’s not like any bergamot I’ve experienced before. It’s too much, too harsh.
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Drying, Perfume
I was pretty excited about this tea, because I love chocolate covered strawberries. But when I brewed it up it just tasted like a black tea. No berries or sweetness. :( It was pretty disappointing. I don’t understand what went wrong…I steeped it for how long it said but it didn’t taste like chocolate or strawberry. Unless the chocolate tasted like the black tea base. But I am not sure that that’s the case. :/
Eh, oh well. One day I will find an amazing combo of those two flavors!
Thank you for the sample, Albertocanfly!
The sachet is tea and blue petals. I’m not sure what the cornflowers offer to this mix unless it’s just for color. It smells like a strong black tea which is exactly what I need on this cold, frosty morning. This tea is dark and strong. It’s a touch drying but perfect for what I need today – I wish I had another. I would definitely buy a box of this.
Flavors: Drying, Tea
I wanted something today that wouldn’t be too fussy, something I could pour a little hot water over and be on my way. An herbal tea in a sachet seemed like the best option. The sachet and tea appeared to be of good quality but it had the strangest smell. It was almost like feet. Once I made it past that initial “aroma”, the only other scent I noticed was that of berries.
After steeping, the liquid became a deep red color. It has something suspended throughout, something that looks quite a bit like citrus pulp. And I’m not sure if my sense of smell is off today or what, but the brewed tea smells like a wet dog. Something is off with this one. It’s not at all appetizing. Thankfully, the taste of the tea is better than the smell. It’s tart and astringent and has a generic berry taste. I’m not really picking up on the blueberries specifically though. This has little flavor to me and falls flat in my book. Thank goodness there were only two sachets in my sample pack.
Flavors: Astringent, Berries, Tart
I found a box of this tea for $3 at Ross the other day! Unfortunately, it was the only flavor they had. I would have loved to have seen some of their chocolate black there!
This tea is definitively fruity. The flavors all blend into one and I can’t pick out what types of fruit are in there. There is a little bit of that green bite on the back sides of my tongue at the end of each sip. The overall scent reminds me of a french fruity tea. I think I can pick out the rhubarb now that I have read that it is in there. This tea is nice enough, but not captivating me at the moment. It tastes like a tea that would be delicious cold brewed and sweetened, so I’ll have to try it like that sometime.
I got a sample of this tea from mj and after having some brownie I decided that I would have this tea.
It’s really deep, dark chocolate in flavor. Not quite enough almondy goodness for me. Ah well. I wonder how this would be with milk, but I don’t have any here at work. I will take the rest of this sample back home and try with milk.
First off, this tea definitely smells amazing!
Not gonna lie, I ate a bunch of icees before I brewed up this cup of tea. So my tasting probably is just weird now. It doesn’t seem like most people taste cinnamon in this tea, but there’s a hint of it in there. Maybe that’s just the almond part I’m tasting? I’m not really sure. But I really like this tea! ^^ Thanks so much, mj1851!!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nutty
Awesome flavors, well balanced, with a nice black base. I love a chocolate tea with some real body to it. So often the chocolate seems like a afterthought. The leaves seem resteepable; dare I try when it is already after 5 pm. I’m going to throw caution to the wind and have some more!
Thank you mj1851 for a sample of this tea. I don’t know how you let this one out of your hands. It was very generous of you to share such a truly excellent tea!
I resteeped this tea this morning. Awesome! I was afraid it would water down too much. The chocolate almond remained beautifully. I plans to get more of this for my cupboard!
Flavors: Almond, Chocolate
So I didn’t actually drink this last night, but while I was packing some of this up to send to Virginia I ate one of the almond pieces out of it….yeah…..don’t ever do that. Public service announcement.
LMAO I’m glad I just proofread this note because I had written pubic service announcement not public service announcement.
This tea sounded completely amazing, so maybe my expectations were a little too high. I’m pretty underwhelmed by it. It smells vaguely nutty both before and after brewing. The taste is a little chocolately and a little generically nutty. It’s a pleasant cup, but I probably won’t restock this tea once it’s gone. I’d be pleased to send some out for swaps if anyone is interested :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts
Talbott teas make me laugh. Their descriptions about their couture teas making you feel like you just walked the red carpet in a silk taffeta dress is a little over the top, but I still enjoy it.
My grandma got me this tea as a gift and I have to say I really loved it. Whenever I wanted a break from my loose leaf teas, or was traveling I almost always grabbed a bag of this. I’d definitely get it again if I came across it at the store.
Sample from Dinosara. Thank you!
As this was steeping, all I was thinking was, “Uh oh.” It didn’t smell that good at all. The chocolate and everything just wasn’t doing it for me.
And then I tasted it. Oh yum! It’s morphed into a roasted almond butter with chocolate and some sugary sweet flavours. So good with a dash of milk!
This is definitely a tea I’d consider picking up small amounts of. I don’t think I’d reach for it too often due to the smell of the chocolate as it steeps, but the flavour is really neat and I’m appreciating it right now.
Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Roasted nuts
Thanks to Dinosara for sharing this with me.
The tea is definitely chocolate. I didn’t get much almond from it. The chocolate is sadly not my favourite chocolate flavour. :(
Adding some homemade coconut creamer made it better, and I did finish the travel mug of tea today.
It was a good tea to try, but not one I’m interested in hunting down and buying. :)
Thank you for sharing!
While grocery shopping today I strolled along the tea isle and was excited to see four flavors of Talbot teas! Unfortunately they didn’t have the Chocolate Almond and unfortunately they were only sold in bags, but oh well! The bags are made of Soilon, and look like the silken mesh tea bags that are supposed to be biodegradable, but I kept finding whole in my garden bed after going through the compost pile. I looked it up and they are made of corn starch. I’ll try tossing these in with the compost and see what happens, but I’m fully expecting to find these bags chilling in my veggie garden.
Onto the tea! The first cup I brewed was at 3.5minutes in boiling water. I filled my cup 2/3 of the way with water thinking being bagged tea it was likely to be a little weaker, but it wasn’t. I went outside with it where I couldn’t easily add more water and drank the whole cup even tho it was way too strong. It wasn’t really bitter, but it had that bite at the sides of my tongue that dilution was likely to resolve. My second cup was steeped for 3 minutes in the same amount of water and was an improvement in the concentration factor, but may be lacking in the flavor arena. I’m getting strawberry as the dominating flavor in the sip with chocolate being more of an aftertaste and the whole thing is pretty smooth. The problem I’m having is a flatness in the sip that is cardboard like. I’m betting if I brewed it right the first time, it would have been a much more enjoyable cup. I have 11 more bags to try it with, so I’m sure I’ll get the chance to brew it better in the future.
I finished up my sample! I finally got this right today, which is great! I steeped this longer than usual and it brewed a nice medium brown. The scent was chocolate! I added sugar and milk to it, which definitely brought out the flavors more. It was creamy and I could actually taste a bit of strawberry even though it was faint. Delicious blend.
Flavors: Berries, Chocolate, Cream
I got up this morning thinking I wanted something chocolatey, something almondy, but what? What almond tea do I have that would blend well with a chocolate tea? I started looking though my teas and remembered the sample of Chocolate Almond Allure that Dinosara sent me. YES, that will do wonderfully!
I was reading over my notes for the chocolate strawberry by Talbot and decided to try steeping this tea at a lower temp and for a shorter period with a little more tea than I normally would because I want it iced. The result was pretty wow! I’m getting a really deep chocolate flavor, like dark chocolate with that bitter edge to it. There is definitely almond flavoring in there, but I can’t pin down exactly what kind. Not roasted. Maybe raw? I don’t know, but I’m spending way too much brain power on trying to suss that out when I should just be enjoying this cup!
I’m thinking it is going to be mandatory to have a chocolate almond tea kept in stock in my cupboard from now on and am hoping my local grocery store will start carrying this flavor!
I got a sample of this from the very generous Dinosara! Thank you so much! I love almond teas and don’t think I have tried one with chocolate yet, nor have I tried Talbott!
It smells very chocolatey when steeped! It smells like the chocolate on a scratch and sniff sticker! I took a few sips of it before I sweetened it and it tasted… strange. Chocolate taste without the sweetness is something my brain isn’t used to. It is pretty darn tasty once sweetened, but I need to step back and let it cool before I burn myself in my eagerness to drink my first cup of the day.
Once cooled a touch I can taste a whole lot of chocolate! Sweet caramel like chocolate! I’m not tasting much almond at the moment, but I’m trying to remember to go easy on judgement during allergy season. I’m getting a little bit of astringency on the back of my tongue each sip, so I may try a shorter steep next time. As it cools even more, the almond starts to come out a bit. Almond or not, this tea is pretty delicious and I’ll have to keep my eye out for this brand and this tea in the future!