Finishing off a sample of this one I got in a swap a while back :)
“This really hits the spot today. I needed a faux dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth - and this was the answer! I love the hint of vanilla and hazelnut, the powerful chocolate kick and the mint...” Read full tasting note
“Want to make this actually taste like chocolate? Add a teaspoon of hot cocoa mix. Awww yeah. You don't lose out on the mint either, but I bet a mint hot cocoa mix would be even better! Sadly I...” Read full tasting note
“i actually hit a sale!! i am renowned for missing them, lol. exams begin next week. sounds like i may be having surgery done on at least one eye as early as tomorrow..... remember how i...” Read full tasting note
“Amazingly enough, this is the first Teavana blend I've tried! I think I have a few other samples floating around, but I got this in my envelop from *Amanada* which was just packed with goodies. I...” Read full tasting note
The ultimate after dinner tea! Comprised of black tea with rich hazelnut and cocoa pieces make this a chocolate-lovers delight. But the smooth minty undertone really sets it apart from other teas. Add our natural Rock Sugar and a splash of cream for a decadent treat!
How to Prepare
Use 1 teaspoon of tea per 8 ounces of water. Heat water until just before boiling (195 degrees) and steep for 3-4 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.
Black tea, cocoa bits, hazelnut pieces and peppermint leaves. This tea contains nuts.
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The Cacao Mint black tea from Teavana is definitely a pleasing flavor combination. Though, I feel it would be hard to go ‘wrong’ with a simple chocolate and mint black tea.
My fiancé prepared this with dinner tonight, and while the mint aroma is definitely not as strong as the Moroccan Mint tea from MarketSpice, it still manages to overthrow any competing fragrances from, say, a savory ravioli dinner.
I enjoy this tea, it is one of the black teas from Teavana that I am happiest with. The mint is the most apparent flavoring, with just a hint of chocolate in the background, less noticeable than the black tea itself. It’s soothing and mellow, as any self-respecting mint tea should be.
It does taste a little on the extract-y side, as opposed to tasting more like a natural mint addition to the tea. It’s funny that I didn’t experience this with our first few pots of this tea, several weeks ago. Whether it’s a change in the tea itself, or a change in my own personal tastes, I couldn’t say. I could be growing into more of a tea-snob by the minute ;)
At any rate, this is a solid tea, one that I could see adorning anyone’s tea cabinet as a standby crowd pleaser. However, I think I have some additional Chocolate Mint teas to buy before I decide that the Teavana premium on this tea is worth it. Teavana sells this for $6.80/2 oz, while MarketSpice runs it at about $2.40/2 oz, for example. Though I can’t offer a comparative review the one from MarketSpice… yet!
Why did this tea have soy lecithin when other teas from Teavana like MateVana don’t? I have no idea.
I did manage to enjoy a cup or two, since soy lecithin, at least for me, isn’t as bad as a reaction like let’s say… Tofu. The majority of the allergens happen to be in the protein, at least. (I’m sensitive/intolerant and not severely allergic however.)
It probably should have been called “Mint Cacao Black” instead of “Cacao Mint Black” because the mint just wants to love you and shove the chocolate-ness aside. But the mint doesn’t completely overpower the whole thing, and it tries to get along with the other flavors in this tea. It’s probably more-than-perfect for autumn, not something I would really enjoy in the summer. It’s also surprisingly calm for a black tea. Most black teas have a wakening effect on me and this seemed to have the near-opposite.
Overall: Good mint-ish tea.
For something more chocolate-y I would head towards JavaVana or Matevana
I believe I got this tea from the Traveling Tea Box Pass B!
This smells like mint! This tea brewed dark brown. The scent was mint chocolate. The flavor was strong even though it has been in a plastic ziplock bag. Delicious! The blend is a good one! It has a hint of hazelnut and dark chocolate. With the mint mixed in, it tastes like Trader Joes’ Peppermint Hot Chocolate mix. Delicious! I added sugar and milk to it, which is great. The mint is a little too strong though.
Oh my, big thank you to momo for giving me this idea.
Tea_bird Cacao Bliss:
1/3 cup of 1% milk
1/3 package of Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate mix
1.5 tsp of tea
Heat milk. Add mix to milk. Steep tea in 12oz of 195F water for 2.5 min. Add tea to milk. Find a comfy couch with your fav Netflix episodes with a warm fleece blanket. Sip and enjoy!
Wonderful, simply wonderful.
Smiles from this are totally worth being wide awake at bedtime.