I’ve waited about 6 months to buy this tea. I’ve wanted it the whole time, and the raving was driving me crazy, so I finally broke down and bought 4oz of it.
It arrived on Thursday and I opened the bag up to the smell is chocolate brownies! :D
Steeped my first pot the same way I steep all of my black teas at first – 2 level teaspoons, 14oz of boiling water (boiling is 203ºF here in Prescott, AZ) for 3 minutes. Immediately after pouring the water over the leaves the smell vanished and became a much deeper melting chocolate aroma.
The first taste was exceedingly disappointing. No chocolate, no caramel, no brownies, not much of anything really. I tasted wood and graininess, very similar to a dark oolong. Near the bottom of the pot I began to taste a hint of milk chocolate, but definitely not dark chocolate.
So I decided that I did something wrong and steeped it with a tablespoon of leaves in 8oz of water for 3 minutes (verdant tea’s recommended western style steeping). Same thing. Was beginning to feel quite confused and VERY disappointed. So I went on a steeping rampage and tried every method of infusion I could think of and still got nothing. Tried gongfu style brewing as outlined on the verdant site and still the tea was boring and unflavorful.
So I’ve gone through about 2 of my 4oz and just am not feeling it, sadface. I was expecting way more from a tea with so much hype, but I guess it’s just me.