Tisano

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drank Cacao by Tisano
5047 tasting notes

picked this up with terri as i suspect the version from traveling tea is this version since it’s named tisano cacao. so i suspect they get it from tisano. Since i’ve wanted to try tisanos version, picked some up. I’ll have to do a comparison later against the stuff from HI and see which i prefer. for now though, this was a tasty cup!

(cupboard is around 127..down from 134 thanks to my overnight)

Terri HarpLady

You’re probably right. I’m pretty sure the majority of her teas come from The Art of Tea, or at least some of them do. Except for our beloved pumpkin ginger nom nom…sigh…

Sil

i totally should have given you money for that while i was down there. I was not thinking. worse case i can buy tea from camelia or something and send you similar cost, or paypal or whatever…

Terri HarpLady

We’ll work it out :)

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78
drank Vanilla Cacao by Tisano
794 tasting notes

The only reason I bought this tea was because it was 15% off and I REALLY wanted\needed one of their chocolate teas. This one is decent. It’s creamy, has that nice milk chocolate flavor, creamy vanilla flavor, and a nice woodsy note from the rooibos. It’s an interesting mixture of flavors (especially what the rooibos contributes) but it’s growing on me :)

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79
drank Cacao by Tisano
154 tasting notes

Tastes like hot chocolate…good creamy chocolate taste…I even steeped it a second time and it was milder, but not bad the second time around.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cacao by Tisano
569 tasting notes

I think this is the right version of the tea TastyBrew sent me in a swap long ago. It’s a delicious cocoa substitute…best when steeped long. I sipped down the last of my swap sample this week, but it’s going on my wishlist. :)

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drank Cacao by Tisano
569 tasting notes

So, I think this is the one TastyBrew sent me as a surprise, especially since she’s reviewed it. This is really good. Great chocolate flavor!! A little thinner than I would like, but delicious! And a great herbal to have later in the day! Thanks, TastyBrew!!!

TastyBrew

Glad you liked it! I make this super strong and let it steep forever. It’s also a great thing to add to other teas you want chocolatey. I added some to a later steeping of cinnamon swirl bread one time and it was super yummy. it’s a fun one to play with.

Tealizzy

Ooh, that sounds yummy!!

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drank Cacao by Tisano
4 tasting notes

I had a gift certificate so bought some from Amazon. Upon opening, it smells like cocoa. 3 teaspoons for 8 ounces? After steeping for 5 minutes, the smell is totally different, flavor way milder than anticipated. I want to play with it to see how it works to toss a spoonful or 2 into regular loose-leaf tea. Company brags about donating money to disability organization. Did not answer the email I sent asking for product info such as instructions…I’m blind and can’t read the package. That turned me off! I added maple sugar and it improved the taste, but hey, Swiss Miss is cheaper! Should be called a beverage instead of a tea, not a tea at all. Buy TeaGuys Chocolate Delight which I rate as a 10, it’s a real tea, way cheaper and they answer email!

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drank Cacao by Tisano
4 tasting notes

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drank Cacao by Tisano
158 tasting notes

This ‘herbal’ and I are sorting things out.

I have a hard time calling it an herbal, even though I know that, by way of tea terminology, it’s entirely the right word. It just seems so strange. It’s comprised entirely of shredded cacao shell — little flakes of it — and seems even more of a stretch for the term than usual, to me.

Oh well!

I was pretty excited to get it. For four dollars you get a pretty impressive 4oz bag! This is good, because they want 3 teaspoons of the stuff per 8oz. of water.

Opening the bag, the scent is heavily, unapologetically, mouth-wateringly chocolate. Tea isn’t the only heated beverage that I love a little bit more than I should, as it happens — I’m also quite fond of artisan hot chocolates, and there is nothing quite like that rich, real-chocolate smell.

I steeped it up with glee. Steeped, the aroma is even better — like rich drinking chocolate.

And then…I was sort of disappointed. It was quite bitter. I actually would have expected this, given the product itself and its unaltered organic authenticity, if it weren’t for the tasting note and description, which suggest it’s quite sweet. Which is not to say that I wanted Hershey or Swiss Miss sweet; as I say, I like good chocolate, and am quite fond of some bitter, fruity dark chocolates, and I can say with authority that I wasn’t looking for the over-sugared chocolate thing we’ve got going in this country.

This is not a terrible thing, though. I can work with this. I am just going to have to play with it in order to figure out how best to coax the chocolate flavor into a creamy, tasty state…because the aroma promises it, and I desperately want the flavor to come more into line with what the scent is.

In the first effort to figure out how to do that, I prepared it tonight on the stovetop, like a chai — boiled/simmered for a few minutes, topped with milk, heated again, strained. I added a bit of turbinado sugar, but not much.

I was also sort of naughty and used whole milk, just for over-the-top indulgence.

It is quite good. There’s still bitterness, but it’s pleasant, the way that chocolate bitterness can be, and the chocolate flavor is rich. A lower-cal option to actual hot-chocolate, but prepared this way, I’m not sure it’s much better, and so will be continuing to play with this one for a while.

Yeah, twist my arm, right? ;)

Leaving a rating off until I’ve played with it some more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Totally thinking of putting this in my coffee pot w/ the coffee!:)

sophistre

Oooh. I think that sounds like a delicious idea!

Cofftea

Or w/ espresso in an espresso machine… chocolate espresso con panna… yum!

LiberTEAS

I didn’t get bitterness to this… but from what I understand it can get bitter if you use too much “leaf” … or should I say shell?

Cofftea

RE: your comment about calling this herbal… actually it should be considered a fruit tea since cacao is a fruit, shouldn’t it? I have problems w/ naming herbals too, primarily those that have no liquor. I just can’t bring myself to call them a tea or tisane.

Cofftea

Sad… it says it can be found on Amazon but I can’t find it. Did find this though.
http://www.amazon.com/Eastbluff-Trading-Company-Ocumare-Tea4oz-Organic/dp/B0031TJ0X0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=grocery&qid=1285197197&sr=1-1 How does the price compare? I like that 2% of the profits go to a co-op.

sophistre

LiberTEAS: Thanks for the advice! Your tasting note is utterly drool-worthy, so I will have to try backing down the quantity next. I’ll report back about how it goes!

Cofftea: I suppose calling it a fruit tea would probably be pretty accurate, haha.

And that is the listing I used when I ordered mine, yup! The bag I received did not have the window in the front, but it’s definitely the right stuff, as the back of the bag has www.TISANO.com on it.

Cofftea

Oh ok cool. Yay for cacao being a fruit!:)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I actually had the pleasure if being able to try a bit of cacao at a coffee plantation in Hawaii and it was good. You just scrap off the creamy jelly like outside of the seed and eat it and it is sweet. You can bite it but it is an aquired taste. It is very bitter and rich. I liked it but did like the outside more. Then again I am a fan of dark chocolate.

Auggy

This made me break out the Valrhona 85%. Mmm.

Cofftea

Me too Rachel! I put unsweetened cocoa powder in my yogurt and coffee.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Never thought of that Cofftea. I even have cocoa powder in the house just need yogurt now. It’s on the grocery list.

Thomas Smith

Going to have to try this – I’ve had plenty of different preparations of chocolate beans/nibs but have never considered the outer husk. Wonder if it’s pre- or post-fermentation?
I’d expect bitterness from the theobromine and caffeine… probably some astringency from the catchetin loads too. Short steep times, maybe?

sophistre

Update: Cutting back the leaf really did seem to help a lot. 2 tsp. / 8oz, rather than the recommended tablespoon!

I can’t tell you whether or not there’s been any processing. I know very little about how chocolate becomes chocolate. It doesn’t look processed — it looks very much like the fine flakes of inner bark that you get from pine trees — the stuff that’s smooth, thin, and brown, broken into chips. That means very little though, probably.

There is some mild astringency, but it’s not too bad. At some point I’ll write another tasting note, but I’m too lazy this morning. ;)

Jude

Sophistre, your post says you paid $4… where is it sold at this price? Looks to me like $14 for that amount…

sophistre

Jude: I bought mine on amazon. At the time, it was packaged in a silver bag, not a tin; it looks like they’ve significantly changed their packaging…and perhaps subsequently their pricing! I wrote this review almost half a year ago, so probably they’ve grown as a company and can charge more, what with using tins and such. Bad news for the pocketbook…but possibly good news for the company. Hopefully that means they’ll be around for a while to come! Sorry I couldn’t be more help, though. :(

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92
drank Cacao by Tisano
361 tasting notes

The boss man is out of town for the weekend with his cycling team doing a training camp of sorts. I’m at home. On the sofa. It’s totally quiet. The kids are in bed. I need something incredibly indulgent to celebrate. Enter Tisano Cacao “tea”.

This is a funny drink to call tea, but I’m not one to argue semantics, it’s a plant product, so cool, it’s an herbal tea. It also gets the title of my new favorite herbal tea. Holy smokes. I love super duper dark chocolate, think one notch sweeter than baker’s chocolate. This tea is actually a little sweeter than even that, but it is so rich and smooth with absolutely no additions. The only addition I added was some Hojicha in my second cup to add a little extra roastiness to it.

Ahhh… alone on my couch, the tv all mine, no one making any requests of me, and this cacao tea in my hand. Shhh…. I’m savoring.

Azzrian

LOVELY! Sounds delicious! Enjoy!

Kittenna

Mmmmm, I had what’s probably something very similar to this lately, as well. Quite tasty!

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100
drank Cacao by Tisano
5 tasting notes

One of my favorite teas - This is not a creamy hot chocolate kind of tea – This is a wonderful company they make excellent drinks - This is a very strong taste of dark chocolate - I try my teas without anything so I can really taste the tea and this smells wonder – When you open up the can it is wonderful smelling - I love my hot water brewer because it makes your tea temp taste just right – I think if someone doesn’t brew this at right temp you may not like it - If you love chocolate then this a great tea for you -

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77
drank Cacao by Tisano
1595 tasting notes

I finally finished this little sample up! There was a lot in there. I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate. This one tastes like a watered down dark chocolate. So delicious! I added sugar and milk to this.

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77
drank Cacao by Tisano
1595 tasting notes

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drank Cacao by Tisano
1595 tasting notes

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77
drank Cacao by Tisano
1595 tasting notes

I finally got around to this herbal tea! It smelled divine! The shells were slightly crushed up! I absolutely love chocolate, so this was a nice treat. It smelled like chocolate. It brewed up a light caramel brown color. The taste was a very watered down hot chocolate. Still good though! I didn’t add any sugar or milk to it, and it was still pretty tasty. I imagine adding sugar and milk may enhance it. I will try it that way next time :)

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100
drank Cacao by Tisano
111 tasting notes

Has a wonderfully deep, rich, classic cacao aroma, unsweetened pure chocolate that smells like cocoa nibs (not surprising). Without milk or sugar it had a clean, chocolate flavor, but unsweetened, and with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. With half-and-half and sugar, the residual bitterness disappeared, yet the tea retained its pure chocolate aroma and flavor.

I steeped mine for 5 minutes using boiling water (their 0.5 ounce sample was for two servings), but I think in the future I would use a little bit more tea for two cups (granted, I use larger mugs for my day-to-day tea) and steep for another minute or two, but no longer.

One of my new favorites!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Cacao by Tisano
328 tasting notes

This is the gold standard of chocolate tisanes. As it is 100% cacao nibs and no honeybush/rooibos fillers, this is 100% chocolate taste. Does this taste like a hot chocolate? Not as rich – but it is extremely chocolatey with a hint of sugar. The addition of milk would only improve this. I also blended my previously infused sampler w my Zhi Tea Gongfu black (similar to Premium Steap’s Red Empereror). Now I finally have the perfect black tea. The richness and syrup-i-ness of the gong fu was a perfect match for the cacao nibs. I highly recommend this.

Paul M Tracy

I can’t seem to ever catch them when they have this in stock. I’ve been wanting to try it since it was first reviewed here.

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74
drank Cacao by Tisano
536 tasting notes

I was looking forward to trying this tea, and thought that it might be the most chocolate-flavored one out there! The scent from the package to the mug to the steep was pure, rich chocolate. It smelled like a fresh and sweet cup of hot chocolate! My brother even commented and said, “it smells like so much chocolate in here.” I was preparing my mouth for a pure chocolate sip (but tea-style, of course). Like others have said, I found this tea to be a bit bitter. Yes, I tasted chocolate, but I wasn’t pleased with the bitter flavor that came with it. Usually with some flavored teas, you get the flavor and then a nice dimension of tea leaf. I found this tea to be completely one-dimensional: just a single layer of chocolate+bitterness. I kept waiting to taste some black tea or something in the background, but it just left me disappointed. I know this tea is popular with some, but it’s just not for me.

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97
drank Cacao by Tisano
193 tasting notes

If I closed my eyes and took a sip of this without knowing it was tea I would think this is hot chocolate! This is really really good! I just ordered a free sample from the company (had to pay S&H charges of $4.95) which was a great way to try this tea. Although I think it is just a tad bit pricey because you are supposed to use 3 tsp per 8 oz. But for a special treat I could definitely see ordering a tin of this! It is super yummy!

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94
drank Cacao by Tisano
37 tasting notes

Ever buy a chocolate tea that smells soooooooooooo delicious? And then when you make tea the tea tastes like…tea? It’s pretty disappointing. This tea is magic! It smells like chocolate and the resulting brew tastes like a really expensive dark chocolate bar. Sweet! The only complaint I have is that you have to use a lot of it per cup, which means you’ll run out of it quickly…

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Cacao by Tisano
411 tasting notes

Yum. Drinking a cup of this with some half and half and simple syrup. Wonderful evening treat.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
QueenOfTarts

Is this as much like hot chocolate as they make it sound? :) How is it without half and half and syrup.. just plain?

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100
drank Cacao by Tisano
1 tasting notes

This stuff is amazing. First saw it at the World Tea Expo this summer and just received my order…we are almost sold out already. Made up a batch for my customers this morning with 1/2 and 1/2 and whipped cream and a dust of cocoa…they loved it! What a great holiday treat!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Sarah Ruthven

My sister attends the World Tea Expo as well…always has good things to say about it! I will have to ask her if she saw this one, sounds yummy!

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90
drank Cacao by Tisano
902 tasting notes

I have been stalking the “shop” button on the Tisano site ever since I saw LiberTEAS’s review of it. So when I saw they were giving away samples, and you just had to pay shipping, I jumped at the chance. Got it in the mail today (yes, 4 out of 5 weekdays this week, I got tea in the mail), and almost immediately brewed it up.

The dry “leaf” smells soooo good!! Got a tin of Hersey’s Cocoa? Go sniff it, and you’ll know exactly what this tastes like. Not kidding, I did a side-by-side sniff test. And after it brewed, it smelled better. Seriously wondering if that stuff is edible, or if my insides would really get messed up if I tried it.

Okay, just realized I totally didn’t follow directions (then again, when do I ever?), and only used 1 teaspoon per cup (instead of 3). Yes, I could have read the package, but again, when do I ever do that?

Okay, even brewing it at 1/3 the suggested volume, this is still pretty darn good. I love the dark chocolate taste that’s there. Yes, it’s a smidge weak…but, honestly, I could drink it like this and be perfectly fine and happy. Yes, I’ll try it the way it’s supposed to be done next time. But seriously, the smell of this stuff is amazing!! It’s like I’m baking a chocolate cake and the smell keeps wafting out of the kitchen. I’d love to have a whole tin of this to experiment with; I think it’d be great to blend in with other teas to give them a chocolate edge!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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52
drank Cacao by Tisano
1289 tasting notes

Another one from Wombatgirl and one I’ve been curious about since first I took it out of the box. Wombatgirl sent me a nice little tin with the sample in it, which is definitely air-tight. And child-proof. And very nearly Ang-proof as well, so prying it open resulted in a little spillage (and some air turning blue).

What we’ve got here are some flakes of something that I’m guessing are cacao bean shells or husks or something. I feel we’re kind of stretching the term ‘herbal tea’ with this one. I mean I know that the definition of a herbal herbs and plants steeped and prepared as a tea, without it actually being tea. And I know that cacao beans are also plant parts so it’s still covered by that definition.

But at the same time, aren’t we really more like moving into hot chocolate territory with this one? I’m posting about it because it’s already on the site. If it hadn’t been, I don’t think I would have added it and just sent Wombatgirl a pm about what I thought of it instead.

It tastes like a cup of cocoa too. Slightly bitter though for the absence of sugar. I’m reminded of that sort of hot cocoa where you’ve got a powdered mix and put hot water on it. This tastes a bit like that made with only about 20% of the proper amount of powder. If I were to add a little sugar (and I shall try this once there’s better room in the cup for stirring) it would come really close to a cup of thin, watery hot cocoa. If you make this really really strong and add sugar and milk, I’d wager you were nearly there.

If what you’re looking for is an actual herbal tea that tastes like cocoa, then this is a very good bet for it. I bet it’s also really great for mixing in with other things, adding a little flavour to an otherwise slightly dull tea.

This is pretty good for what it is. But I’d really rather have some real hot cocoa.

wombatgirl

What I like to do with it – take this and then regular black tea to get my own chocolate black blend.

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99
drank Cacao by Tisano
4449 tasting notes

Oh. My. Goodness.

This is freaking AWESOME.

Because Teagasm doesn’t adequately describe what I’m experiencing at the moment, I’m going to say ChocolaTeaGASM.

So good. So very very good. I am sad that I only got a sample packet of this from Tea Review Blog (going to write my review of this tea for the blog in a few moments) because I could drink this every day. I will have to hunt this down and buy some.

Rich. Chocolate. Sweet. Chocolate. Delicious. CHOCOLATE. This is better than any sipping chocolate or any hot chocolate. Oh… yum yum yum yum yum.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

VERY few teas actually make me say “holy freakin crap!” out loud when I read the title of a tea. This is one of them! Yes, it made me talk to my computer:)

LiberTEAS

Anyone who likes chocolate must try this. It is amazing. And… now it is gone. I need to get a bigger tea mug.

Paul M Tracy

Any idea where you can buy this wonder tisane? The Tisano website says it’s available on amazon.com but I couldn’t find an entry.

LiberTEAS

I don’t know. I received it as a sample as a reviewer for Tea Review Blog. However, the website does indicate that it’s available at some Whole Foods and I’m going to ask my local Whole Foods to start carrying it as well… because I MUST HAVE MORE.

sophistre

http://tinyurl.com/325zbqd

I found it, along with several of the company’s other products.

It doesn’t have the fancy-shmancy tin, but it is, in fact, cacao tea from the company owned by the dude — Eastbay Trading Co.

Until you can locate the tin at a retailer, this may do in a pinch! Not bad for $4.00.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’ve never had anything from this company! I was looking at a few of them on TRBWOW!!! Sounds interesting!

Cofftea

Perfect sophistre as I don’t want the tin anyway- thanks!:)

Cofftea

After reading something from a local cafe on FB, I just got a wonderful idea- add some peppermint to it, steep it in milk, and add matcha. Yes, I know, I don’t like matcha and dairy… but I think it may be good. Shoot. I just found reason I need this NOW lol!

Patrick Pineda

Wow… thanks so much for the great comments… We are just starting our roll out of this product after some great testing. We are small family run business that started in chocolates and cacao buying fairly traded cacao from farming communities in Venezuela and me and my brothers were the first to export organic certified cacao, thats how we came across the idea of the tea.

sophistre you made me laugh out loud… We started with the polybags to get the product out there and get reviews from our Amazon and Ebay customers and once we won an award at the Natural Products Expo we decided to go FancySchamzy tin route and brand Cacao Tea chocolate herbal tea under Tisano, which means – Tisane and Artesano (spanish word for artisan).

Cofftea we are actually launching blends in the spring… maybe i can send you some samples for feedback?

Paul and anyone else who wants cacao tea our site is finally live and we are doing sample giveaways to get the buzz going… very grass roots guerailla marketing, small company of family and friends trying to get the idea of Tisano chocolate tea out there.

www.Tisano.com

p.s. – i am the guy under the story tab with the blue shirt carying 120pounds of fresh cacao beans across the river!

Thanks again for all your positive comments – you made my day!

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