113 Tasting Notes
One of the better Earl Grey teas I’ve had; I let my steep a minute or so longer than the recommended steep time (I like my Earl Grey strong). Good all around aroma and flavor; the stronger it is the better it holds up with milk and sugar (the way I prefer my black teas). Don’t notice that the decaf detracts from the flavor at all.
First thing to notice: Nice aroma, notes of pumpkin, a bit of spice, and white chocolate in equal parts; very warming.
When brewed (5 minutes, boiling water), the white chocolate chips melt and make the tea a bit murky, but the flavor isn’t as heavy and oily as I thought it might be. (The NecessiTeas’ Tuxedo Strawberry, which also has chocolate chips and chocolate flavoring, is a bit heavier and slightly oily because of the chocolate.) Still has a nice warming aftertaste, not much sharp spice as one might find with other spiced teas / chai, but a nice smooth all-around subtle pumpkin spice flavor. Must add milk (full milk or half-and-half) and a bit of sugar to round out the tea.
When I opened the container, I first noticed just how gorgeous the tea smelled and looked: It smelled strongly of chocolate covered strawberries (my favorite flavor), complete with chocolate chips and small bits of strawberries. The aroma was just amazing.
The brewed tea itself was not as good as it smelled, though. It tasted a bit heavy and slightly greasy (because of the chocolate chips melting); it also looked and tasted slightly murky (for the same reason). It did hold up very well with milk and sugar, and I would not drink this tea without adding regular milk or half-and-half (adding 2% or skim milk would not be good). I could drink this tea a cup at a time, but not several cups in a row.
Nice subtle aroma of chocolate marshmallow, and a few notes of cherry, too. Nicely rounded, held up very well with milk (in my case, half-and-half) and sugar; very smooth! Not too sweet; a small amount of sugar did the trick to bring out some of the subtleties of the sweetness in the tea. Good dessert tea.
What a great tea! Brewed mine for about six minutes, added milk and sugar, and was a warm, well-rounded, cup of tea without any bitter aftertaste. Light cinnamon aroma, slightly nutty; didn’t smell the carrots but definitely had a flavor of carrot cake. Not a heavy flavor, though, and not overtly sweet.
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!