Made in a timolino.
Sometimes I’m bad at reading the names of teas I’m making, or paying attention to things like ingredients when I look them up on Steepster.
I’m especially guilty of that with this tea because I originally just assumed it was from Marriage Freres since it’s name is so darn similar to Mousse Au Chocolat from that company, and I received both in the same package. It just made sense to me that this was some sort of version of that blend; and I didn’t even bother to check. And then, both times I had this (the review I’m writing now, and the sipdown I had today that I’ll write about later) I didn’t realize that there was oolong in this. If I had, I likely would have steeped it a bit differently. But there’s nothing I can do about that now though, I suppose.
EDIT: I’m reading the ingredients more closely now too; apparently there’s also mate in here and rooibos. So really, it’s like a tea potluck?
Firstly; this smells amazing though the aroma is quite strong; I noticed after a day of having it in my possession that I was going to have to keep it separate from all my other samples because even with it double bagged and wrapped in tinfoil I was still smelling it. It’s so decadent though! It reminds me of rich, moist chocolate cake! With a thick layer of creamy, dark chocolate icing.
I was really impressed with the measured out leaf too; I saw a whole raspberry in what I had measured out as well as several other large chunks of raspberry, and lots of cocao shells. Yummy!
Taste wise; this is very much a raspberry focused tea. Yes; the smell of the dry leaf would have you believe that the ratio of chocolate and raspberry would be in favour of the chocolate but the opposite is true. And, the raspberry was actually a little more tart than I was expecting too; a natural sort of tart though. Kind of like raspberries straight from the garden that weren’t quite ready to be picked – but awfully darn close! And, the raspberry flavour lingers in your mouth for a very, very long time too.
And then, underneath that very intense and sharp raspberry flavour is the chocolate. It is rich and indulgent like the smell makes you think it should be; just not as intense as the raspberry, and the flavour doesn’t stick around nearly as long either. It’s like tasting raspberry, then chocolate, then raspberry again.
Like I sort of touched on; I didn’t taste anything that would’ve led me to believe there was oolong or rooibos in this; though I did taste a mild roasty flavour that reminded me loosely of coffee; knowing now that there’s mate in this that makes sense to me if it’s a roasted mate!
Overall I thought this was pretty good; definitely a little different than anticipated but in a good way! And it’s nice being surprised, too. Thanks MissB!
And, today’s pretty close to over (and may in fact already be over for some of you) but today’s word of the day was: Gait! A gait is: “A distinctive manner of walking; a particular style of such movement.” This one wasn’t a new word for me; but it was for Tre. He had a good laugh about the example sentence for this one too, which was:
‘All the male models seemed to approach the stage with a peculiar gait.’
I should have asked him to do his best model walk for me; I can pretty much guarantee it would have been a disaster.