92 Tasting Notes
Hmm… I wanted to like this, but I didn’t think it tasted like chocolate at all. All I got was rooibos (a strong, grassy rooibos) and a sharp, almost sour chemical taste (the cream perhaps?) I get the same note from another ESP emporium tea, so there appears to to be a note that does not agree with me. It could, in fact, be the coconut, but I’m not certain. I could not finish my cup, which is rare for me. I’m glad I didn’t pay full price – this one goes to my husband, who probably won’t notice the things I didn’t like!
I love coffee. I don’t drink it as much as I used to, but sometimes nothing will beat the rich and bitter taste. I was intrigued by this tea’s description, although I was a little afraid of the “freeze dried yogurt granules” promised in the description. They are not evident in my bag, but I do see large pieces of what appear to be coffee beans. I gave it the recommended 5 minutes and ended up with strong black tea with faint coffee overtones. Honestly it’s not bad, but to tell you the truth I’d rather just have the real thing.
Interesting… unlike most coconut teas you can taste the coconut. The chocolate is also strong, and the combination of the two makes a faintly soapy aftertaste – not unpleasant, just unusual! I will have to try this again before rating – it’s not exactly what I expected, and I’m not sure if I like it yet!
Ok… no more trying new teas in a travel mug. I swear to you, even the least offensive travel mug I own gives a faint plastic taste to tea. I gave this one a second chance with the same parameters – 1 tsp of tea per 6 oz of water, 3 minute steep at boiling. Only this time I made it in one of my favorite mugs. The result? So much better! It has a nice depth and soothing maltiness (a good thing in my book.) It’s not a complicated tea, but it is strong, and that’s all I ask of a morning tea! Recommended, especially at the attractive price point.
I was worried when I saw the lavender – I don’t always get along with that particular herb, though I love floral teas. I needn’t have worried – it was perfectly civilized in this blend! The flowers give the tea a natural sweetness. Lovely – very nice for an afternoon tea, not too light, but strong enough to take a drop of milk
A very nice yunnan, mild and with only a hint of smokiness. The leaves are dark, with a few golden tips. The smell is straight up hay, which had me worried – Yunnans have been tough for me so far, as I don’t like the grassy note they sometimes have. This one brewed up nice and dark in 5 minutes. The taste is sweet and slightly of cocoa, with a tiny bit of smoke. No hay or grass detected, thank goodness! This is a solid tea, but not my favorite – I’d like a little more depth to the flavor. Still, a nice afternoon cup!
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I must be ambivalent about this tea, as I’m now finishing my sample without logging my cups! I love chocolate and coconut together, but this tea isn’t strongly flavored enough for me. I am typically a little underwhelmed by Harney’s chocolate I think. I’m glad I’m not in love, as it doesn’t come in small amounts! On the other hand, I mixed the last teaspoon with 1 bag of Republic of Tea’s chocolate coco and got exactly the flavor I wanted – and the RoT coconut is not very coconutty on its own – interesting! Still, I won’t be buying this. My search for the perfect chocolate/coconut flavor continues!
I was sick when I last tried this tea, so I was curious to see if my tasting.note held. The answer is yes – I still get a strong candied violet note! I really love this tea – its perfect for the spring weather today! Even at 6 minutes it doesn’t get bitter!