You would think, by all accounts, that I wouldn’t enjoy this tea very much because it’s a mash up of three broad tea flavour categories that I don’t often like: coffee, chocolate, and chai. However, each of those categories kind of has this like “one quality” that I enjoy about them/like enough to want to venture into those flavour realms – and I would argue that as if by magic this blend touches on my own personal “best attribute” of coffee, chocolate, and chai blends respectively. So it’s not a new favourite for me or anything like that – but I do enjoy it!
So what are the three aspects of the major flavour catagories that I’m into!? Well, lets start with chocolate: this blend uses Ghiradelli dark chocolate in it and that richness and dark cacao flavour really comes through in a way that I personally find much denser and fudge-y than a lot of DT’s current chocolate teas. I’m not huge on chocolate even outside of tea, but if I’m going to reach for chocolate now it’s most likely to be something very dark…
The second main flavour bucket? Coffee. I don’t drink coffee – never have, even before I was a tea drinker. Every now and then I will find something coffee flavoured or a coffee tea that I don’t mind but those are usually coffee flavoured things that lean heavily into the sweetness or creaminess of lattes/cappuccinos. That is not really the direction here. For me, the element of the coffee flavour that I really enjoy is that it tastes noticably roasted to me. I love a nice roasty toasty note in a cup of tea, so a coffee profile that leans into the roasted qualities of coffee definitely touches on some of my flavour preferences. The use of roasted yerba mate mixed with the black tea base really helps push those notes forward to make them a significant part of the cup composition.
Lastly though, and perhaps most importantly – the chai! All of DT’s favourite spices are at the party in this blend – namely cinnamon and ginger. I don’t mind the cinnamon, though I’d personally prefer a bit less ginger even though it’s honestly pretty light as an addition. However, the best part for me is the clove! It’s not a super strong clove note – that’s still not a spice flavour that tends to make a strong splash in DT’s chai blends since it’s pretty polarizing. However, you can definitely see those gorgeous clove buds throughout the loose leaf and that lovely flavour comes through in the undertone of the sip. It just adds nice warmth and depth to the cup, and separates this blend from the other chocolate/spice mixes that are part of the collection. Any time I have an excuse to work on a tea with the addition of clove I get excited, and I just really appreciate the complexity it adds to this blend.
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.
Flavors: Cacao, Cinnamon, Clove, Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Espresso, Ginger, Roasted