I bought this one a couple of orders ago, and intended to drink it while the weather was still cold. I didn’t get around to it for some reason, but last night was chilly and I’d had a bad day at work, so I was glad to be able to pull this one out and create some comfort in a mug.

My main reason for wanting to try this one (apart from the fact that I love chocolate digestives) was Bird & Blend’s latte recipe, which involves adding 1 tsp of hot chocolate powder to 150ml hot milk, along with 1 tsp honey and 1/2 tsp vanilla essence. I made the tea concentrate using 4 tsp of leaf in 200ml water, gave it 4 minutes, and then combined the two. The result is delightful. I did wonder whether the hot chocolate powder (I used Options Belgian Chocolate) would drown out the tea, but it seems not to. Instead, it adds an extra richness and amplifies the chocolate flavour, but it isn’t overpowering. Instead, they seem to work together pretty well. Or, more than pretty well, really. It’s a sweet, liquid-biscuit delight.

For the sake of objectivity, I’m trying this one on its own this morning (1 tsp in boiling water for 3m) as well; that’s how I know the tea wasn’t overpowered. The tea itself is like any chocolate tea, really; a little thin and watery tasting. You can tell it’s trying hard, but cocoa shells and cocoa nibs in water are never going to taste exactly like actual chocolate. What it really provides in spades is biscuit flavour, and I’m still not entirely sure how that is – some kind of magical tea alchemy? I feel like it has something to do with the fenugreek, but I can’t swear to it. One thing I will say is that although this blend contains liquorice, my nemesis, I can’t really taste it. Neither does it leave a throat-coating uber-sweet stickiness at the back of my throat, which is a real bonus.

On its own, this is a decent blend. It’s more biscuit than chocolate, but both are represented. As a latte, and especially with the added hot chocolate, honey, and vanilla it’s a real treat. I would buy more of this just so that I can continue making them, because it was that good.

Winner, winner!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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