I’ve now tried a bunch of Harney’s chocolate flavored teas and found them all quite enjoyable. They’ve also been a favorite of the many redditors to whom I’ve sent some in trades and beginner tea samplers. It seems a key is to realize that you’re about to sip a chocolate flavored tea — not a thick, rich hot chocolate — and you’re set for a good experience.
Chocolate Mint is no exception. For science, I took a few sips straight first (totally drinkable), but if I’m drinking a dessert tea I like to do it up. Today, cream and simple syrup help bring out the flavors in this delicious cup.
I would say that the chocolate is more subtle here than in, say, the straight Chocolate (of course) or the SoHo (which is chocolate with coconut and vanilla). Here it’s more about the mint, which lends a refreshing aroma and taste. Although the chocolate may not be super chocolately, it is still an effective base that gives the tea a depth and richness — there’s no mistaking this tea for straight mint tea, for example.
I steeped this tea three times, starting with 4 min and increasing 1 min each time.
Rarely do I rave about a flavored tea; I generally find the description more enticing than the brewed cup, and rarely would I consider ordering more after trying a sample. This tea is an exception for sure. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.