Chocolate Orange Rooibos

Tea type
Rooibos Tea
Ingredients
Orange Wedges, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Natural Flavors (Vegan), Organic Red Rooibos, Organic Vanilla Beans
Flavors
Chocolate, Orange, Vanilla, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Orange Zest, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood
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Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Organic, Vegan
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “My Black Friday order from 52Teas arrived yesterday! Boy, am I excited to try all these nummy looking teas. This one was one of the generous free samples that was sent along with the small order....” Read full tasting note
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  • “Thank you for sending me this free sample, I had a few delicious lattes with it. I finished it this morning and enjoyed my morning brew very much. Some nice orange zest, sweet rooibos, and dark...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Normally I enjoy rooibos teas, especially because usually you can’t really detect it much. But there is something very herbal tasting or maybe savory tasting about this blend that I’m going to...” Read full tasting note

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Tea of the Week for October 2, 2017!

At one point, Frank created a Chocolate Orange Honeybush. To be honest, I don’t really remember it – although I did review it and after reading my review, it would appear that I did enjoy it. Sadly, reading the review didn’t help me to remember the tea. So that blend was in no way my inspiration for this blend.

My inspiration for this blend is a love for the flavor combination of chocolate and orange. They go together so well. And when I began to consider the base I’d use for this flavor combination, rooibos seemed to be a natural choice. Granted, rooibos is seldom a ‘natural choice’ for me as it is rarely my first choice for any tea – but I felt that the sweet, nutty, somewhat woodsy flavor of organic rooibos would work well with the flavors of chocolate and orange.

So I started with some organic rooibos and added lots of cacao shells and nibs, some dried orange segments and some vanilla. I didn’t want the vanilla to be a strong, independent flavor, but instead, I wanted it to lend a creamy element to the cuppa – something to lighten the sometimes “dark chocolate” taste of the cacao shells and nibs, and something that would soften the bright orange notes just a little.

And – WOWZA! This is fantastic! There is a strong chocolate note, a creaminess and a sweet orange flavor that starts out kind of subtle but continues to develop as I sip. Nice!

organic ingredients: rooibos, cacao shells, cacao nibs, oranges, vanilla bean & natural flavors

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My Black Friday order from 52Teas arrived yesterday! Boy, am I excited to try all these nummy looking teas. This one was one of the generous free samples that was sent along with the small order. Since i’m always on the look out for a nice dessert non-caffeine tea for evening relaxation, I was glad to see this one.

My sense of smell is almost entirely gone again, but when I first opened the pouch a delicious whiff or orange burst on me. It was like the squirt of orange when you first crack the peel. It is gone again now, but for that split second it was heavenly. I plan to get my kenalog shot next week (which shrinks the polyps in my sinuses enough to allow me to smell for a few months) and I can’t wait to really smell this one. Just from that one whiff I bet it is divine.

I love those chocolate oranges that are so popular around Christmas. The kind that look like a baseball wrapped in foil, and when you smack it, it falls open in chocolate wedges. That is what this tea reminds me of. It brews up a nice dark amber color. I like the flavor best when it is on the edge between hot and warm. Not so hot that you burn your tongue, but not mildly warm. As it cools the rooibos woodiness is more prominent.

I am looking forward to trying this one again in ten days or so when my sense of smell and taste are back. I bet this one is just lovely to smell. Even without a full sense of smell the flavor is smooth and mild. Definitely a hit for me.

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Fjellrev

Ooh, you make me want to skip ahead and try this even though I have so many others in the queue! Was hoping it would be like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

Maddy Barone

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, fjellrev. I resteeped last night, and the second cup was just as good as the first.

Fjellrev

Oh wow, great tip! I normally don’t bother with a second steep so I’ll have to check that out.

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Thank you for sending me this free sample, I had a few delicious lattes with it. I finished it this morning and enjoyed my morning brew very much. Some nice orange zest, sweet rooibos, and dark chocolate (cocoa bean)

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Orange, Orange Zest, Rooibos

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Normally I enjoy rooibos teas, especially because usually you can’t really detect it much. But there is something very herbal tasting or maybe savory tasting about this blend that I’m going to attribute to the rooibos. I personally think it would be better with honeybush. The smell of the dry leaf is literally as if I’m smelling a box of chocolate orange truffles. So dang good. But there is something in the taste, I think the rooibos that is off-putting to me. I think the orange is there, and I think cocoa is there, and in that respect its good. I just think the rooibos itself is bothering me. Maybe ill play around with the steep times/leaf amount next time!

UPDATE- i used a little less leaf the next time, added milk and some agave and that weird taste I was experiencing definitely faded. I must have been having an off day lol. I give this a thumbs up, when brewed correctly and mixed with milk & sugar!

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange, Rooibos, Wood

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