Spicy Chocolate

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Chinese Black Tea, Chocolate Flavor, Spices
Flavors
Creamy, Spices, Sweet, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Peppercorn, Cloves
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Not available
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 9 oz / 257 ml

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  • “Tea of the afternoon here. I am not having a stellar day. I went to occupational therapy this morning for my hands/wrist which was good, but then my arm and shoulder have been really bothering me...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This one is going in the TTB (take 2) box that will be sent to Jason tomorrow THANKS TO AMAZONV!!!! She told me I could sample it before sending off! Woot! Thanks girl! It smells like a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Yes. I approve! Also, this is really especially good if you take a sip of it right after taking a bite out of a chocolate bar. I suspect this is a secret that applies to ALMOST every tea. But...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Finishing and decupboarding this one today. It remains my favorite among the Kusmi chocolates, but the Kusmi chocolates remain not my favorite Kusmis as subtlety and chocolate do not go together in...” Read full tasting note
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From Kusmi Tea

Black tea from China flavored with natural essences of chocolate and spices.

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328 tasting notes

Delightful balance of spicy chai and chocolate. The chocolate flavor tempers the chai spiciness making this a wonderful dessert tea. I am looking forward to trying more Kusmi teas….

I ordered this tea from the online Kusmi store. Delivery was prompt my tea arrived at my door in less than a week. They also added a couple of tea samples….

Cofftea

Ooooh! Even though I am almost positive it will not even come close to Mayan Chocolate Chai, I still must try it!

__Morgana__

I can’t wait to try this one. Ugh, I have too much tea. Lol.

Stephanie

This sounds good! I’m so tempted to order from Kusmi! Their tins look so adorable.

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911 tasting notes

This one is a freebie teabag that was put in my recent(-ish) Kusmi order. I’m not a huge spice-in-my-tea type girl, but hey, always up for trying stuff. (Well, almost always.) And I do enjoy Lindt’s Chili dark chocolate so who knows!

The smell is more cinnamon spicy than cayenne spicy (and I was anticipating/wanting more cayenne so that’s kind of uninspiring). The chocolate is there in the smell, somewhere between a cocoa and a not-so-creamy, kind of cheap milk chocolate. So far this isn’t looking good.

The taste isn’t all that… well, all that anything. It’s a bit warm spicy. Warmer than cinnamon, not as warm as cayenne. The chocolate… isn’t. I mean, maybe there is a faint hint of it but it’s more like Tootsie Roll chocolate than chocolate bar chocolate and the strength is more like licking the wrapper than eating the Tootsie Roll.

All in all, it’s just kind of boring. It’s not bad. But it’s not great either. It’s not going to turn me into a spicy-in-my-tea fan but it’s not going to turn me off of tea, either. I give it a solid ‘meh’.

(By the way, is it just me or are notices not working? I mean, the little red number shows up but I can’t get to the page to see them detailed.)

__Morgana__

What you said is pretty much exactly how I felt about this, though I probably like spices in tea a bit more than you do — if I didn’t focus on the lack of chocolate flavor it was a decent spice tea.

Auggy

I did like the warmth of the spices, that was nice. But I felt like it needed more oomph in a flavor other than spice to make it a good tea, you know? Give it a little depth or something.

__Morgana__

Yeah, in general I have found that the things that Kusmi does well they do very very well, and they things they don’t are kind of fair to middling.

Ninavampi

I really need to get around to trying Kusmi…

Auggy

Morgana, I think that’s a fair assessment of Kusmi. And I seem to have the same complain for the fair to middling ones – kind of bland/no depth.
Ninavampi, Check your PMs! :)

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I just sampled this wonderful tea thanks to AmazonV and her generosity. What a delicious spicy chocolate tea. Like AmazonV, I am not at all certain which spices are used. There’s a peppery taste that is not too hot; in fact it’s perfect.

I love chocolate teas and this one is a perfect example of a basic chocolate enhanced beautifully by the addition of something extra: this is certainly one of the best chocolate spices I have had.

I really am disappointed in chocolate teas where the chocolate flavor is not detectable; this one really delivers. Thank you so much!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

ooooooo – sounds great!

Lisbet

I have been having terrible luck with chocolate teas lately! I may need to just try a new brand. This one sounds good.

Doulton

Hi Lisbet,
I would really agree that chocolate is difficult to blend in teas. Have you tried Florence by Harney & Sons? Not everyone likes it, but it does have a great chocolate taste in my opinion. Most of the chocolate teas I’ve tried have been disappointing; I think that one must invest a great deal of trial and error. I’ve never had a decaff or a rooibos tea that has pulled off chcolate to my satisfaction.

But best of good wishes on the chocolate journey.

Lisbet

Yeah all of the chocolate teas I have tried, with the exception of one mediocre chocolate black tea, were rooibos. I think I’m over that combination.

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739 tasting notes

wow this one is kinda good. the spicy part is just kinda a delicate nudge and really brightens and deepens the chocolate flavors. and it’s all very well balanced with the tea. i know we have some mexican hot chocolate in our cupboard at home and it tastes very accurate to that flavor.
i steeped it for over 4.5 minutes cuz i know kusmi does fine with longer steeps. i probably could have let it go even longer.
well done kusmi! well done.
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558 tasting notes

I’m really enjoying this tea. I think I may have found a chocolate tea I actually like! The spice really works well with the chocolate flavor. This was a great desserty afternoon tea. I think I may have to place an order with Kusmi after trying a few of their teas (courtesy of Lori). The next sample I’ll try with cream and maybe a pinch of sugar.

Meghann M

2nd steep 30 seconds longer and added some cream and sugar. This tea holds up very well to cream and sugar. Brought out more chocolate and sweet notes with the cream. I have one more tsp left and hope I can order more of this on Friday (payday). Must get through a few more things in the cupboard (or move them to a TTB pile…in hopes that it will be my turn before they get too old!

__Morgana__

Sounds terrific.

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I’m having a cup of this thanks to a coworker who got a box from a student who traveled abroad. It’s a really really good cup of tea. I also happen to be drinking this after steeping in the muslin teabag that it came in. As far as teabags go this one is excellent!

For me the smell of chocolate is greater than the taste, and the spiciness is about the same in scent and flavor. There’s definite clove, though I’m not sure what else. It’s a rally nice dessert cup and I find myself wishing for more so that I could experiment with sweeteners and milks.

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I am 6 months now, and its a girl! I am super excited! So, I chose to try this tea today. I received a teabag sample of this in the mail with my Kusmi order. I adore the cute, smooth brown and pink wrapping. What was even more interesting was the bag that this came in! It was a cloth or cloth-like teabag! WOW! I’ve never seen anything like it. I have the large reusable teabags, which is comparable. However, this is different because its not reusable (I don’t think).

Onto the tea! Have you ever smelled the scratch and sniff chocolate stickers or pencils? This smells exactly like that! It brought back childhood memories! I could definitely smell the chocolate and a bit of spice. It wasn’t that prominent though. After steeping, the liquid was a dark brown. The spices didn’t come through as much. In fact, it tasted like a very watered down sugary cocoa with a hint of warmth and spice. I was expecting a more robust cup, but this is good for those days that you want a small chocolate kick but nothing too spicy. There was no bitterness to this cup, which I love. I added some sugar to see if anything flavors would come up. I sense something nutty. Perhaps its cacao? I can definitely taste something woody and nutty with the chocolate. Very delicious. After that, I added just a tiny bit of skim milk, and this turned into a mild hot chocolate of sorts. VERY mild and light. This isn’t something I would purchase just because it wasn’t as chocolate-y as I would like it to be. The flavors were a bit bland. Perhaps a longer steep time would have helped it out.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
teataku

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Charisma

_ Thank you!!!

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Well, this one is a surprise to me. Intellectually, I’d say it isn’t very good tea, but the empty tin on my countertop would say otherwise. This flavor is the 3rd regular (4.4 oz) tin of Kusmi that I’ve consumed in entirety. The first was Petrushka, which I’ve since replaced with the jumbo (8.8 oz) tin. That blend comes in as near perfection to my taste buds. The second was — shockinly — Violet. Yeah, wow, who’da thunk it? I ordered the 4.4 oz just because the smallest quanitity of what I figured was a novelty flavor. I am now awaiting the Fedex man to bring my second 4.4 oz tin of Violet.

Which brings me to the subject at hand, the Spicy Chocolate. I mention all the above to establish the fact that I am a Kusmi fan, I have been won over and it is my current reigning favorite brand. I like their subtlty. I like that it’s “tea first — added flavoring second”.

So why am I surprised that I evidentally like the Spicy Chocolate? I think, it may have to do with the naming of the tea. I think maybe it’s a bit unfortunate to call it “spicy”. I don’t think it is particularly spicy. I also think it’s a bit … perhapse…. misleading to call it “chocolate”. But it does contain chocolate, so it’s not a falsehood, but I think it does the tea a disservice because it sets a person up to expect something like hot cocoa. Which it doesn’t resemble in the least. So, if that’s what the name led you to believe, then you’ll be disappointed. But taken for what it IS, Camellia leaves with cocoa nibs and some spices, then it is good tea. That’s just it…. it’s very tasty drinkable TEA.

Ysaurella

oh ! we don’t have this Petrushka blend in France ! how is this possible…Kusmi is a French brand … I’m going to complain to Kusmi :D
await so to read your review about this blend as well

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I’m going to call my first try “user fail.” May not have prepared it long and strong enough; just couldn’t get much more out of it than spicy water flavor, even with a little milk. Won’t be so chintzy with the leaves next time and maybe we’ll get some real chai-itude out of it.

Lori

This is one of those very very mild French teas.

Meghann M

Sorry to hear the first try was a disappointment. I truly loved this tea, hope more leaves will do the trick for you!

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Another Kusmi which I did not hate. In fact sort of liked. It is not going to my top 3 or even top 5 of best chocolate-flavoured teas but not damning with faint praise, this is nice enough.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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