Smoky Chocolate

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Here’s a decadent and unique treat for tea and chocolate lovers. This is one of six new blends we created for our Box of Chocolate samplers. Lapsang souchong is a unique Chinese black tea that is smoke-dried over pine fires. This gives it a one-of-a-kind smoky flavor. For those who are not familiar with smoked teas, our tea of the week this week is a great introduction since we’ve blended the lapsang with (non-smoked) Nilgiri black tea, organic cacao nibs and natural rich chocolate flavoring. The combination yields a decadent, exotic and comforting cuppa that will leave you craving more.

Our Tea of the Week for the week of February 6, 2012

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2604 tasting notes

So I’ve been craving a smoky tea for days now. I keep thinking of brewing up some more of my Verdant reserve lapsang souchong, but I don’t have much of it left…. (Ok, I should just brew it up before it loses flavour!)

Anyways, I have a pouch of this from LiberTeas, and also acquired a pouch during one of 52teas’ sales, so I figured I should try to drink it down. I don’t recall liking this tea much straight, but to me, smoke goes incredibly well with milk + sugar. In this case, heavy cream and sugar, because we happen to have cream in the fridge from some culinary experiments last week.

Aside from the fact that this is absolutely decadent due to the cream + sugar… this is perfect. Delicious smokiness. Not tasting chocolate per se, but all I was really after tonight was the smokiness.

When I got in on an Upton order a while back, I ordered both their Lapsang Souchong Dragon (??) and Baker Street Afternoon Blend, which IIRC has something smoky mixed in there. I’ll have to try them and see if either’s something I can drink straight, as having my tea doctored is not a good routine option for me (the only tea I allow that treatment with is Mayan Chocolate Chai, because it’s smoky too, and because it’s a chai).

ETA: Had an amazing second infusion too. Soooooo good. Holds up to additions so amazingly well.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

the 12 days of christmas tea i picked up from majesteas is a really nice smokey tea that has a unique profile to it. If i end up picking up more i’ll pass a sample off to you.

Kittenna

That would be awesome! I seem to like smoky teas, but need to work on finding ones that are smooth. The Verdant one is so good, I wish it was available for purchase :(

Alphakitty

Tealux has a very smooth maple-flavored Lapsang Souchong, I have no issue drinking that one straight (but I do love smoky blends)!

Kittenna

Maple-flavoured??? Heck yes….. searches

Kittenna

More details, please? :)

Sil

noooooo alphakitty! no recommending companies that aren’t on our existing lists lol Kittenna! don’t you dare do it! lol sooo many teas to order still..

Alphakitty

http://steepster.com/teas/tealux/27381-russian-maple-souchong

They have sample sizes so you don’t even have to invest in a large portion! Maple and smoke go perfectly together in my book

Kittenna

Too late…. :D :D :D :D

Kittenna

PS Thanks Alphakitty!

OMGsrsly

OMG. I might need to place another tea order! Russian Maple sounds amazing. Thanks Alphakitty! (I’ve ordered from there, and my parcel took forever after Christmas. They were very quick authorizing a trace and offering to re-send if it didn’t make it.)

Terri HarpLady

maple lapsang souchong? hmmmm….I might like that…

Kittenna

Soooooooo thanks entirely to you, Alphakitty, I now have a wish list of like 20 teas, totalling like $40, and will be making an order very, very soon. Thanks….. ish? :P

Alphakitty

Haha, sometimes I think Steepster is the worst thing that ever happened to my wallet. We’re all enablers XD

Kittenna

Wallet, space in my room….

Terri HarpLady

Yes, we probably all need a 12 step program…if only we were willing…

OMGsrsly

I wish I knew more locals who were into tea, since I pretty much want sample sizes of everything to try, but $60 of samples is just too much.

Sil

just find tea friends! kittena and indigobloom and raritea and i found each other :)

OMGsrsly

Know anyone on the site in or near Vancouver, BC? :D Ooh, or maybe there’s a Discussion thread…

Kittenna

Actually, I think there are a bunch of Steepsters in Victoria? I know, not the same place, but neither are Guelph and Toronto :D

OMGsrsly

Victoria is easier to get to, AND there was a post for a meetup that I have hijacked! So awesome.

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Liberteas Thanks for this one!

This has more of a dark chocolate type taste to it with that strong LS base. It’s ok but not my fave from 52 Teas. The aftertaste lingers a little weird for my liking but I can handle it…maybe a tad smoky-bitter??? I’d love to taste more chocolate as my Sororitea Sister mentioned…I agree!

KeenTeaThyme

Is this from the chocolate sampler? I’m tempted to purchase this, especially since it’s on sale…

TeaEqualsBliss

Not sure…Liberteas sent it to me…perhaps! :)

KeenTeaThyme

I should just get the sampler anyway, right, support a small business owner? :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Fo Sho!!!! :P

LiberTEAS

This was in the chocolate sampler, but it was also sold separately as one of the weekly teas. What’s cool about the chocolate sampler, though, is that there were a couple of teas that were not weekly teas (or at least, not weekly teas since I’ve been a customer of 52Teas … so you get your hands on some exclusive teas with that box! It’s also a really cool box!)

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been thinking of getting that chocolate sampler, you may have helped to tip me over the edge! :)

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673 tasting notes

I had a little bit of this sample from Amanda left in the bin…and decided to purge…(such an ugly word)…the rest from my ‘Monster Tea Cupboard’. (My tea cupboard is alive and Claws at me with Talons and Tenticles as I walk past it in the kitchen! Creepy!)I think it’s time for some of the naughtier tea’s to ‘Another One Bite’s the Dust’ and some of the tablespoon sized hanger-on-ers to ‘Hit the Road Jack’!(You know you have um too!)

I found little hanger-on-er Smoky Chocolate 52teas in a little zip packet hiding on the top shelf bin. It smiled a half smile at me and turned swiftly to slink back into the darker part of the cupboard. I swiftly scooped Smoky up and poured the leaves into my brew basket before little 52tea knew what happened. (I did hear a tiny voice “…” explative…!)
Boiling water and a 4 minute steep transformed my friend into a medium smoke liquor tasting malty but not very chocolatey.
The flavor is pleasant…not bad, but not chocolate or mocha or cocoa.
I had likened the flavor in my first review to a Necco Wafer Chocolate Candy, and that’s where I stand. A little chalky, malty and smoky.
The recommendation would have to be that this is a smoky tea and that it’s smooth and fairly good tasting. The saving grace is that the flavoring used was not bad and leaves no sour aftertaste!

Adios little tea!

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1341 tasting notes

Smoky? yep. Black? yep. chocolate? nope. Where is the cocoa!? Hrmmm. Agave didn’t do much with it either.
Really not much more to say. Seriously, that’s all I got.
Anyhow, thanks to Kittena for the sample! I always wanted to try this one.
Rating: 73

Kittenna

I initially got some of this from LiberTeas. Not sure what I’m going to do with a whole pouch…

Indigobloom

foot bath tea?

Kittenna

Not sure if I want my feet smelling like campfire! :P

Indigobloom

heh. maybe cooking marinade then :P

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5357 tasting notes

So I wasn’t too sure about this open but figured what the hell when the girls asked me if I wanted to try it….I say girls because by now I’ve completely forgotten whether it was kittena or indigo loom who gave me these…though most will fall in indigos world. I’m not sure the smell would warrant keeping this tea around if it came back. It’s damn overpowering! But that being said, the tea itself is actually really nice. It could be a little more chocolatey but overall I really enjoy it. It reminds me of camping back when my parents used to take me…this tea tastes like your clothes smell once you get them back to civilization after a week of campfires haha I love it!

Kittenna

This one’s from me! I forgot that I ended up labelling bags for her teas, so you’d definitely be totally confused!

Sil

Thats ok….end of the day you both rock and I have lots of tea to drink today and tomorrow since I’m home heh

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545 tasting notes

Backlogging. 9 days ago. Thursday early afternoon.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

I’ve had these teas since last February but this was my first time trying this one. Maybe that is why I am getting more smoke and less chocolate. The chocolate is just a little bit in the background. Still this tea is good. I drank a second steep as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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4633 tasting notes

Backlog: I tried this tea yesterday and wrote a review to be published this evening, here it is: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/02/17/smoky-chocolate-tea-from-52teas/

This one gets better as it cools slightly (not cold, but not piping hot either), but I still think it would be better if there were less smoky and more chocolate. Good, but not great.

SimpliciTEA

The picture is VERY creative, though, isn’t it?

LiberTEAS

Yes, it is very cool! For the reviews of the other five “new to me” teas that I’ve done in a series over the last few days, I’ve had to get creative and find my own pictures since this was the only tea for which Frank has created a label.

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I really didn’t think I was going to like this. The other smoky tea I’ve had, a black gunpowder, was just undrinkable for me. This I can do. And I like it a lot. Some of the best chocolate I’ve had has included smoked salt and almonds, so I figured I would give it a try.

It smells like chocolate melted over a campfire, and that’s almost how it tastes too. But it could use WAY more chocolate, for me as it’s cooling it’s like the chocolate is getting lost.

I didn’t use boiling water, I let it cool for about a minute after it reached boiling. Not sure what that made the temperature, but I was kind of scared that maybe at boiling it would be too smoky or something.

Maybe at some point I will try straight lapsang souchong but for now I’m going to try that method on the black gunpowder and see if it makes it drinkable!

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec
The DJBooth

I’ve been contemplating with getting this one.

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I had a friend over this weekend for a tea party and an excuse to catch up. As we discussed tea, she told me how one of her greatest favorites is a nice Lapsang Souchong. Knowing that I had just received a sample of this tea, I showed it to her and she immediately wanted to try it!

I enjoyed the smell of the dry leaf quite a lot. It’s mildly smoky and chocolatey. I could tell it would have a hearty flavor. It reminded me of camping trips with my family and standing around the fire as the tenuous breeze would blow the smoke onto each of us in turn.

Once I brewed the tea, I was a little less optimistic. The smokiness had become a much stronger aroma than it was with the dry leaf. Like when the wind puts the smoke from the fire on you alone for too long, to the point where you have to move. Unfortunately, the flavor, for me, was much the same. Almost like I had inhaled too much smoke. It reminded me more of liquid smoke than tea. So, personally, I wasn’t a big fan of this.

My friend with me loved every sip and refilled her cup 3 times. So it’s definitely still a nice tea, but just doesn’t fit my tastes. If you are interested in it or have a particular love of Laspsang Souchong, definitely give this a try!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92 tasting notes

Wow, smoky! Not sure I taste the chocolate in this one. Not bitter or too sweet, but very smoky which is throwing me off. Not sure this one is going to be a keeper for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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