308 Tasting Notes
This is my last cup of this one and honestly, that’s ok. I bought a big bag of this and I’ve kind of gotten sick of it. I think it’s really good, but I need a change. Thankfully, I have two other chocolate teas on the way! I’m sure I’ll turn around and miss this one after it’s gone.
I had this yesterday on the ski slope at the lodge at lunch. It was orangey and cinnamony. I didn’t taste much else in it until I got to the bottom of the cup and then I suddenly started getting a spicier kick, but this was not a good thing as it was like it had cayenne pepper in it. I didn’t like it very much.
Batrachoid sent me a sample of this one. It’s yummy… like sucking on a dark chocolate bar. I thankfully do not taste the roses. This is a nice tea to drink while sitting on the couch in my pajamas watching it dump snow and watching a movie.
2 tsp/12 oz, and a smidge of agave nectar.
Update: Oh wait, there is the rose. Not too terribly strong though. This is a nice treat, but I don’t think I’d order it.
So, I walked by my co-worker’s desk (chris_s) and noticed he was opening a new tin of tea. I smelled it and then begged him for some… I think I said ‘Gimme!’. It has actual coffee beans and chunks of roasted almonds in it. It smelled so amazing, like almond coffee. It smells just as good brewed and has an interesting complexity because of the coffee beans. This is definitely going on my shopping list.
I’m drinking this again today. This really is my last cup of it. I had about a 1/2 cups worth, so I scraped it together and filled my mug halfway in desperation to get another cup. I’m definitely going to have to start scraping some pennies together to get more of this.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so sad to see the end of a sample. I’ve been drinking this over the last few days, almost always as a mid-morning tea. I’ve had a cold so I didn’t want to rate it until I could properly taste it. It is interesting that when I am drinking this tea it doesn’t necessarily knock my socks off, but yet I keep wanting more of it (what did you put in this tea Frank!).
I don’t normally like chai but I really like this. In the package, the tea has the scent of chocolate raisins. One brewed the tea is raisiny, chocolatey and has a fair amount of cinnamon flavor. It’s kind of like a mexican chocolate cupcake (esp when sweetened with agave nectar). I sure hope this is in the permanent collection because I am definitely going to need more of this (see reference to crack above).
BTW – there are thankfully no milk chocolate chips in this. I will have to verify with Frank that it is a typo and not just an oddity with my sample.
I think I had my expectations set way high for this tea by all the great reviews. I suppose I was bound to be a little disappointed. This tea is just ok for me. I taste a black tea with strawberry (a la Frankenberry). I’m not getting vanilla or creamy custard. I’ll finish off the sample, but it’s not something I plan to order again.
Lowering my rating on this one. I like it, but the more I drink it, the less I like it. There is some weird flavor in the background that I am associating with melted crayons (I got this after a 5 min and also after a 10 min steep). Also, tonight I steeped it 10 minutes and I am getting lots and lots of cinnamon. Cinnamon crayons. Maybe waxy is a better description. I liked it better at 5 min.
So the description of this tea on steepster says milk chocolate chips, but the bag and picture listing the ingredients do not. I haven’t found any milk chocolate chips in it either. I wonder if it changed at some point or if that was a misprint somewhere. I was surprised to see that in the description when I logged in to review this.
I got this as one of my 3 ValenTeas samples. I think it was good. I’m not going to rate it yet because I cannot taste much at the moment (cold… boo). I wasn’t going to drink any good teas until I could taste again, but for some reason I keep grabbing the teas with chocolate; perhaps that is all I can taste. I drank this and DavidsTea Read My Lips today.Update – I checked the tea and there are no chocolate chips in the package that I have.