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drank Vanilla Cacao by Tisano
483 tasting notes

This is a sample from donkeytiera. Thank you!

Oh this is yummy! What a treat. Cacao, vanilla, and with a bit of sugar this is the perfect dessert tea before bed. I have one more mug’s worth and will play around with adding some milk to make it a bit more creamy…..

donkeytiara

I love this stuff…..almost as much as Peet’s Red Cloud Cacao…

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Tisano
581 tasting notes

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.

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drank Mint Cacao Tea by Tisano
42 tasting notes

Added 1t of sugar. A pleasant chocolatey flavor that isn’t the same as chocolate milk. The mint balances the flavor and makes it more interesting.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Cacao by Tisano
205 tasting notes

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. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

laoshan black from verdant + this = great hahaha

Fjellrev

That was so awesome of him to do that! And I agree about the aroma of the dry husks. Sometimes they rub me the wrong way and make me not want to have any.

Fjellrev

Good point from our Sil. I personally like to combine the husks with Assam, or any rich, full-bodies straight black.

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drank Rose Cacao by Tisano
856 tasting notes

I needed something sweet tonight. This is nice :) I brewed it at a lower temperature and the chocolate is more milk than dark. The rose is super light but adds a nice floral note.

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drank Cacao by Tisano
354 tasting notes

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.

Flavors: Chocolate

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drank Mint Cacao Tea by Tisano
1047 tasting notes

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.

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drank Cacao by Tisano
1047 tasting notes

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.

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Tisano
4825 tasting notes

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Oh yum!

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/

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Tisano
5919 tasting notes

thank you my dear swedish chef! I think i like this one the best of the flavoured cacao you sent me, though i’m still not convinced anyone needs anything but the original. heh

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drank Cacao by Tisano
3114 tasting notes

I finally took Sil’s suggestions & combined this with Laoshan Black, & it is awesome!

MzPriss

mmmmmmm! Hi Terri!!!!

Terri HarpLady

Hey Prissy! :)

Ubacat

I’ve yet to try even Cacao. On my wish list it goes!

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drank Cacao by Tisano
3114 tasting notes

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 :)

Sil

lol i TOLD YOU SO

carol who

How is your sore finger holding up with all the harp playing? I imagine this is a pretty busy time for you. Glad to see a note. Tea sounds good especially since its caffeine free. :D

Terri HarpLady

My finger is doing ok. It’s sort of permanently curved, & I’m still going to PT to teach it how to bend & straighten. Its kind of frustrating, but luckily I don’t use it to play.

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drank Rose Cacao by Tisano
7 tasting notes

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drank Rose Cacao by Tisano
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drank Rose Cacao by Tisano
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drank Rose Cacao by Tisano
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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Rose Cacao by Tisano
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drank Rose Cacao by Tisano
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drank Rose Cacao by Tisano
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drank Chai Cacao by Tisano
5919 tasting notes

my darling swedish chef sent this one my way. I opted to have it tonight and all i can say is that this tastes like normal cacao. no spicy…no chai…just some cacao…. :( Good to know though since i would have likely bought this one myself heh

Fjellrev

Ha, weird, I find it’s rather heavy on the cinnamon. Kind of like Aztec hot chocolate stuff.

Sil

strange..it was like cacao…just cacao

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drank Mint Cacao Tea by Tisano
5919 tasting notes

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

Kittenna

I have a wicked headache tonight too. Not sure whether it’s dehydration or lack of tea (or something else entirely). Sigh. Hope you’re feeling better [in the morning]!

Fjellrev

Are you feeling better today, the both of you? What is with us getting headaches lately. Yeesh.

Yeah, I wish they put more mint in here. I swear HI’s was mintier? But I like the idea of just customizing mint teas by adding the plain cacao to it.

Kittenna

I was feeling better… until I had a headache today too! It’s gone now though. 95% sure mine are the two causes I previously mentioned, so they should be avoidable. My boyfriend and roommate have also had headaches lately, though. :(

Fjellrev

Aww, no. I had another one today too. They just keep coming. So weird!

Kittenna

Boo :( Weather was my guess that’s more applicable to people other than myself. None of us typically get headaches. (My boyfriend in particular, and he absolutely hates them).

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Tisano
1047 tasting notes

Sample time! This was a rather unusual blend, but in a good way. The vanilla lent a smooth creaminess to the cacao husks, and the rooibos peaked through juuust a bit. The resulting flavour? Something akin to Tootsie Rolls.

Cameron B.

Yum, I want Tootsie Roll tea! :P I’ll have to keep this in mind.

Fjellrev

Funny, I used to hate Tootsie Rolls when I was a kid but this was a pleasant surprise. I would have gladly sent you some had I bought a full tin. :)

Cameron B.

I love Tootsie Rolls. :P I’ll have to order some samples, I’d like to try the Original and Mint versions too. And that Green Cacao tea looks interesting!

Sil

haha tootsie rolls are yum.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, the green was out of stock when I ordered. :/ Looks really good. I still need to get off my butt and review the others. I’ll already say that their chai cacao is my favourite.

Cameron B.

I’m not a big fan of chai, but I’d probably order samples of all of them. And email them to see if they’d do a sample of Green Cacao so I didn’t have to buy a full tin. :P

Kittenna

Green cacao? Intrigued! Weird that this blend has rooibos though. I’d probably prefer straight cacao with vanilla.

Fjellrev

Not sure what dragonwell and cacao husks would be like, so it’s too bad that they don’t offer samples of it.

I was surprised that they would put rooibos in this too, and would have preferred it without too, but it wasn’t as woodsy as I thought it would be.

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drank Mint Cacao Tea by Tisano
4825 tasting notes

Backlog:

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.

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drank Chai Cacao by Tisano
4825 tasting notes

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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/

Sil

mmm sounds tasty!

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