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I’ve been wanting to try this tea for the longest time, but never got around to buying a tin. I’m having a very big craving for hot chocolate, but not the additional calories… so onto this blend! I’m surprised to see that a majority of the blend is cacao shells.. for some reason I was expecting there to be more rooibos with just a few shells thrown in.
Sipping… mmm a rich, dark chocolate flavor with a touch of vanilla. The cacao is obviously the main flavor – not creamy like a milk chocolate, but richer and deeper. The vanilla is nice, but reminds me quite a bit of vanilla extract in that it has a note that resembles alcohol. I wish it wasn’t so sharp, but could be a bit more creamy. It would be so nice with the cacao!
The rooibos is somewhat hidden and mostly adds a dry, woody element. As much as I love rooibos, I think that it doesn’t contribute a whole lot to the cup. I’m glad that I finally tried this blend and will definitely enjoy the rest of it.
OMG you guys I’m so spoiled. So I put my Tea Sparrow subscription on hold, thinking I really need to just focus on drinking all the tea I currently own. Then, of course, February’s box included this Cacoa tea from Tisano that I’ve been dying to try ever since I first heard of it. So I was sadfacing on steepster and trying to remind myself that I have lots of yummy tea already, when yesterday I got a surprise Tea Sparrow box in my mailbox! With a hand-written note for Michael saying “I noticed that you paused this month, but I really like some of the teas and wanted you to try them. :)” LOL amazing!! So nice. Also, probably the last nudge I need to restart my subscriptions, so sound business sense too. ;)
Anyway, I tried the cacao tea first, and yep – yummy chocolate. :) It’s funny because the scent of the dried (and steeped) cacao husks is a bit off-putting – it’s chocolatey, but in the sense that it smells like straight cocoa powder, which is decidedly not delicious. But the tea itself is pretty great. It lacks the creaminess and body of hot chocolate, but it definately has a lovely cocoa flavour. I’ve seen people talk about adding these to other teas to boost the chocolateyness, which is definitely sounding like a good plan. Can’t wait to experiment more with these. :)
This is one of those teas I’ve read great reviews on for ages. Then one day I just decided to order some anyway. It came just before Christmas and I’m having it now. The instructions say 1 tps to 8oz of water at 210F which I did. However, I notice that most other people here used a lot more tea for the 8 oz.
It definitely is hot chocolate like (without the milk and the sugar both of which I can’t have). I think this brew is a little thin so might try it with more tsps. next time like others have had. I also want to try this with some black teas I have. Is it worth it just ordering the one tea? I’d say so. This looks like a versatile tea to have on it’s own when I want a hot chocolate or to mix with other teas. I’ll enjoy trying out some different things with it.
Had this quite a few times already and have decided that this needs more peppermint. While it’s nice to drink a chocolate mint tea with a true chocolate flavour, now we’re presented with a weakened peppermint problem. Makes me want to go out and buy peppermint leaves to add to this. I think that would really balance things out.
And now I’m drinking almond nog for the first time. Interesting! Not sure if I’d buy it again, though.
These cacao husks do their job and taste pretty much the same as Herbal Infusion’s, although I swear HI’s was a little sweeter. Could be the source/batch, or even just a memory blitz. Somehow this time around I’m not caring for cacao husks on their very own. The liquor is a little too thick and sludgy on its own in comparison to other teas/tisanes. I’d rather mix it with a black tea to give this a little more depth.
It tastes like liquefied cupcake. The rooibos adds enough of a nutty, sweet flavor that it sort of mimics a cake-y taste, and the notes of creamy vanilla and luscious cacao are so yum!
I love cacao shells and I don’t think they could taste much better than in the presence of rich, sweet vanilla. Even if you aren’t crazy about rooibos – if you like chocolate (and seriously, who doesn’t like chocolate?) you really should try this.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/22/vanilla-cacao-tea-from-tisano/
I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but I have been trying to at least come read some posts, & make an occasional comment, so I haven’t totally disappeared, & I have been drinking plenty of tea anyway.
Anyway, I picked this up at the Traveling Tea shop, less than 5 minutes from my house, & I had to stop in just to say that I don’t EVER want to be without this tea. OMG, this stuff is awesome! The best chocolate tea ever, & it’s just chocolate hulls. I’m sure this would be amazing combined with LB, but by itself it is crazy good, & perfect for something that is kickass, substantially bold, & caffeine free, so I can drink as much as I want this time of day. A majorly awesome indulgence :)
my darling swedish chef sent this one my way to try and i’m super glad she did. I have to say, i’m not one of those people who tends to drink cacao on it’s own. I much prefer it as an addition to teas to give them that roasty chocolatey taste. I’m drinking these samples on their own though as i want to get a better sense of how they’ll work with other teas. This one is hints of mint with a lot of cacao. I enjoy it, but i’m not sure i see the point of the mint lol. I’d likely just add cacao to a mint tea so that the mint was more present and i could control the mint level. Enjoyable, though..and a nice cup to end the evening. Time for bed with my headache not getting much better.
Final Count: 85
OK, so, there are enough of us drinking teas with cacao shells in them that Cacao shells should be one of the ingredients when setting up a tea.
This is a very simple blend – just peppermint and cacao shells – but it’s awesome in it’s simplicity. I mean, we’ve got the best way to get chocolate flavor into a teacup (cacao shells) and mint. Chocolate and Mint. YUM.
The chocolate is a dark, bittersweet chocolate that’s more chocolate than bitter (just hints of bitter for contrast, if you don’t like it … you can add milk to soften that.) And the peppermint is – hold on to your teacups for this one! – minty. Yep. Like I said, simple but so sinfully yummy.
When I first ordered this tea, I anticipated it being a masala chai blend with cacao shells. I had not expected it to be a tea with Camellia Sinensis in it! But it is! That makes me all the happier with it.
I love cacao shells. Love them. I think that it is the best choice for a rich chocolate flavor in a steeped beverage. Nibs are ok, but, shells seem to deliver more chocolate flavor in my opinion.
In this chai, the chocolate is very rich and prominent. Happiness! This chocoholic is happy. Beneath the chocolate flavor is the rich malty notes of Assam. More happiness.
The spices are not as strong as I generally like in my chai. I like a good, spicy chai. But I also have an appreciation for a subtler approach with the spices like this chai takes. This is flavorful and the spices are nicely balanced.
Read more about it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/19/chai-cacao-tea-from-tisano/