Ok, so, I have been thinking about this tea ever since I smelled it a week ago AFTER I got my Chocolate Chili Chai to go. :( Well, not :( so much, because I really like the Chocolate Chili Chai, but I had had that before, and not Oh Christmas Treat. So that is what I mean.
So I finally got it as a tea to go on Friday after work, on the way to my Friday Night Dinner Group. It’s been very cold here in Victoria the last few days (and yes, -2C is effing cold to us here…we’re wusses, sorry) and I thought this would be perfect to keep me warm while I wait for the bus, and also to give me a little pick up for the rest of the evening, since I was very tired at that point.
I got this made with some agave and milk. It was a bit too hot for a bit, but I kept sniffing it (constantly, I couldn’t stop!), and I kept taking little sips, cuz I was so antsy to try it. Ha ha ha! I think I probably got some looks as I kept smelling it. :P
OMG, it totally is like those chocolate oranges that you whack that are so popular for Christmas (though why should I only have them at Christmas? They’re awesome and deserve to be consumed ALL YEAR!). I get more of that with the smell than the taste, and it more orange than chocolate in the smell, but more chocolatey and malty when consumed orally. The taste is more muted then when smelled, but the flavours even out a bit better this way. I think the pu-erh was a perfect choice for a base.
I really like this tea. So far, my winter/holiday winners are this and Alpine Punch. Ok, well Chocolate Chili Chai is pretty awesome too. I haven’t tried all of the new releases yet due to budget issues (DH took a trip in late Oct to early Nov, and is leaving again for another one in a few days).