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Chocolate, Nuts, Nutty, Peanut, Apricot, Caramel, Raisins, Vanilla
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  • “1000? How’d that happen? Somebody’s spending too much time flitting online, huh? This was my treat to myself after nearly breaking my back loading up building plans and blueprints for Fed Ex. It...” Read full tasting note
  • “I need to work on some of my older tea bags so I pulled this one out of the cupboard this morning as well. I find that the strength of this one isn’t all that great so i usually double up on the...” Read full tasting note
  • “This was the second tea I shared with my friend today. She loved the aroma – it is very rich. The chocolate aspect of this tea is not milk chocolate but rather unsweetened cocoa or one of the...” Read full tasting note
  • “I tried this again today and it is definitely better with a LONGER steeping time of around 5 minutes, that helps to bring out the flavor. Raised the rating a few points this afternoon. I liked it...” Read full tasting note

From Ambessa (by Harney & Sons)

Starting with an aromatic black tea base, Choco Nut’s hints of dark chocolate, caramel and peanuts reflect my culinary awakening in Switzerland. It’s a rich blend that picks me up in the afternoon, and can even be dessert with a little honey stirred in.
-Marcus Samuelsson

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93 tasting notes

I love chocolate, and I love tea, but there’s just something about choclate teas that I sometimes just don’t get. When placing my last H&S order, I picked up 3 of the 4 Ambessa teas thoroughly convinced that I probably wasn’t going to like this one. I decided to give it a try because dark chocolate, peanut, and apricot sounded like a potentially awesome mix.

Fast forward three months, and I’m just now trying this out for the first time. I was in a rush to go to a meeting, so I grabbed a bag of tea and my mug, and filled up using the hot water dispenser in the conference room (don’t judge!). The entire meeting I couldn’t help but wonder what ingredient made this tea so damn tasty. See, after three months I’d forgotten why I even decided to order this. As if I needed another sign that my tea hoarding is a problem!

The secret to this tea’s deliciousness is the apricots. They add a sweetness that just works so well with the other ingredients. The chocolate is very subtle in flavor but has a pretty strong aroma. I didn’t taste a strong peanut flavor, but there were definitely some nutty notes. Overall, a tasty tea.


At first I thought the apricot thing sounded just plain nuts, but it’s perfect, isn’t it?

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123 tasting notes

Thanks to ashmanra for the sample! I now have a 20-sachet tin of this stuff on order, along with two of the other varieties offered by Harney’s Ambessa Tea. (The Lingonberry Green is out of stock, boo-hoo.) If you go to the Harney’s website, search for the keyword Ambessa to see all 4.

I guess I am a sucker for chocolate teas. This reminds me very much of Florence, which I love. Maybe after I get my tin of this I’ll have a chocolate tasting day between ChocoNut, Florence, and Love Tea #7.

I drank this without any additives like sweetener or milk or cream, and it’s so smooth and rich that it doesn’t need any. It is best before cooling, but I’ll bet it would make an excellent iced tea latte with a bit of agave and some half-and-half.

I left the sachet in the cup and it never got bitter on me. Of course, I drank it pretty quickly…

And the dry tea smells lovely, too.

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773 tasting notes

awww my boss gave me one of her tea bags :)
i get to tell her this is tea # 497.
she will probably be confused. but it will mean i’ll get to talk about tea for maybe 5 min instead of work. so win win!
the tea is very meh. smells way better than it tastes.

(kinda related i had a chocolate peanut butter beer yesterday) https://untappd.s3.amazonaws.com/photo/2013_09_11/4dfa180d4133cc7fd5c56240e8f03191_640x640.jpg

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141 tasting notes

Wonderful aroma and rich dark chocolate and brazil nut flavor, with a fruity apricot undertone. The brazil nut flavor reminds me of Green Mountain’s Rain Forest Coffee. I added half and half and orange blossom honey, and it was a delicious lunchtime dessert! I wouldn’t drink this all the time, but on special occasions when I want to indulge my desire for good chocolaty tea.

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I was trying to decide what to get with my Harney order since they are offering free shipping over $25 and the gift I am buying for someone is $20. This is looking like a good choice!

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3283 tasting notes

Sipdown, this is a sample from Sil. Thanks!
It is a tasty cup, not something I’d buy, but a tasty treat on a saturday afternoon.

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67 tasting notes

Choco and nut work very nice here(nut flavor is a little bit more dominant here on my palate),plus the tea taste mild,even when I keep the teabag in the cup for more than 10 minutes,it doesn’t go bitter or too much.So I would like to use the same teabag to make a second or a third brew for some longer time,and it works out quite good.

Since it reminded me of a nice cup of chocolate milk or pecan flavored milk when I was a kid,I tried a splash of milk ,and some honey ——but it turned out this blend is best drink plain I think.
Plus,I know there are Calendula officinalis here,from whose Hydrosol I I used to get a lot of chocolate scents~!So maybe I should buy some of this flower alone to try blending some interesting teas .

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743 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 188 ml

Mild sweet black base. Chocolate flavour coming through. Slight spice flavour. Caramel flavour. Overall very mild flavour.

Thanks to Sil for sharing!

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I found dark chocolate caramel whipped cream in the fridge and I tried to figure out which tea would go nicely with it. This came to mind. It’s more nutty than chocolate and the chocolate it does contribute is semi-sweet and coupled with the bass. It’s slightly astringent but combined with the whipped cream it made for a decadent and rich nutty dark chocolate caramel dessert.


Holy crap, dark chocolate caramel whipped cream. That sounds extraordinary.


You found… what

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244 tasting notes

I made some of this this morning since I didn’t feel like using my ingenuitea and I remembered how much I love love love this. I’m running a little low on this one but I’m already worried that I won’t be able to get it ever again…

This is one of the few teas I have that can do both chocolate and nutty flavors well but it is definitely one that has to be had when it’s still hot.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty

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726 tasting notes

Got a sample of this from the lovely The Cookie Lady!! Love trying more H&S teas, and she gave me a LOT in the last swap. I’ve always wondered how this one would be.
But like I’ve said, before, I’m not into chocolate flavored teas. This one was more nutty than chocolate, so that was kinda surprising. Almost reminded me of a chocolate flavored peanut. Not any other nut that I like-but a peanut. I really don’t like peanuts all that much anymore. They’re in everything it feels like! Especially with chocolate. Peanuts are life ruiners. D: Unless they are in their shells and salted, then they’re good. well the shells are…okay, I’ll stop talking about peanuts now, sorry. xD

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts, Nutty, Peanut

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