A treat of a black blend, inspired by Queen Elizabeth II.
What it is
A bespoke Tea Horse tea inspired by Queen Elizabeth II. Ceylon black tea has been blended with cocoa bean shells and peppermint to give a delicious, but not overpowering, taste of chocolate and peppermint.
Where it’s from
The tea is grown in the central Sri Lankan region of Uva. Cocoa is native to South America, although now much of the world’s cocoa is grown in West Africa.
For our Jubilee selection we wanted to honour the tastes of Queen Elizabeth II through tea. Charles Oliver, a royal servant who worked at Buckingham Palace through the reign of Queen Victoria right through to our present Queen, compiled notes on royal eating habits, collecting recipes and banquet menus. In his book he recalls that when the Queen was very young, she was very fond of crisp chocolate-coated peppermint creams. We thought this would make a great tea and hopefully, we were right!
Why we chose it
The particular black tea we chose has a mellow flavour that works well alongside cocoa and mint. Although Queen Elizabeth II had a sweet tooth as a child, this taste didn’t apparently continue into adulthood, so we’ve used cocoa shells rather than chocolate to give a fantastic rich flavour without being too sweet.
What it tastes like
Not ones to deceive, it’s all in the name! It tastes like a chocolate peppermint cream, particularly if you add a little milk (although it’s great without milk too). The balanced flavour of the tea carries notes of pure cocoa with an overtone of peppermint.
Drink it with
Pretty tasty on its own perhaps instead of dessert, or whenever you fancy the taste of chocolate without the calories. Pair it with some good quality chocolate to enhance the flavour.
How to make it
Use one teaspoon per cup. Using freshly boiled water, brew for four minutes. It’s equally tasty with or without milk.