Chocolate Midnight Black Tea

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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Chocolate Midnight Black Tea is an exclusive blend of select Yunnan Black tea infused with natural dried vanilla bean and blended with rich Belgian chocolate. The leaves of the Yunnan black tea are black with golden hairs on the buds that provide a strong invigorating aroma and vivid red liquid. The classic combination of tempting vanilla bean and rich dreamy curls of semisweet Belgian dark chocolate will offer your palate a temptingly sweet treat that will keep you coming back for more.

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2247 tasting notes

I knew I would love this tea! Yunnan black tea! Vanilla! Belgian dark chocolate! It’s the perfect combination. I would pick dark chocolate over regular chocolate every time (you know… it’s healthier anyway… I have an excuse!) The chocolate pieces look like little shavings from a giant chocolate bar. The black tea itself looks perfect, definitely “midnight” as the leaves are very dark. The steep color is more red than a pitch black cup of tea. After steeping for five minutes, the cup certainly smelled like chocolate! I peeked in my infuser and most of the chocolate pieces had melted away. With another steep at boiling, it should take care of the rest of the chocolate! I think even if there wasn’t chocolate included, this is the type of tea that would taste a bit like chocolate anyway. It’s very malty! It has the perfect mixture of bitter and sweet, both from the tea and both from the chocolate. I don’t mean astringency… there is none of that. The vanilla definitely makes itself known too! This was reminiscent of another tea I had… I just can’t remember which one. It might be my beloved Phoenix Pearls from Zen and maybe something else… So so good. I think I might have to order this one when my sample is gone. I’m so glad I got the chance to pick samples from this time around! thank you! A tea like this just makes my day a little bit better. :D

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Dang! Added to my shopping list!

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When I saw this tea on the Nature’s Tea Leaf website, I had to try it. Just look at all those yummy chocolate curls! My mouth began to water just from me looking at the picture. And the picture does not lie! There are a bunch of little chocolate curls in this. Yum yum yum!

And this is really amazing. The yunnan is a perfect choice for a chocolate flavored tea because of the natural chocolate notes in the tea … as well as the hint of spice notes which accent the chocolate very nicely. The vanilla bean adds some creaminess to the cup without making it taste too much like milk chocolate … this has one of those dark chocolate truffle tastes … like the kind of confection you might buy in one of those expensive chocolate shops (you know, the kind of place where I can only usually afford one or maybe two pieces of chocolate … but it’s OH-so-worth-it!)

Amazingly good. Bravo Nature’s Tea Leaf!


My NTL want list is getting longer!

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yeah, this sounds awesome!

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599 tasting notes

This one was a sad sipdown. I’d been hoarding this but it was time to let go. Not enough leaf for normal so it’s considerably underleafed but it still tastes good. I’ll miss it and I might think about getting more when I’m ready to buy from this company again.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

ooh this looks good. think i’ll toss this on the shipping list heh. so used to seeing mint chocolate everywhere!


This does look yummy. Shopping list here, too.


LOVE this one.

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2188 tasting notes

Thanks to Lazey for this sample. I am taking a break from sipdowns (mostly because I have no one-cup sipdowns left) to try some teas I got in recent swaps before I forget who they came from.

They are not kidding when they say there are chocolate curls in this tea. There are tons! And they definitely dissolve and make the tea a murky brown. They do add a certain thickness to the tea, but not quite enough really. It becomes some kind of half-tea-half-hot chocolate mixture. I didn’t really taste the base tea much, although what was there was fine and not bitter or astringent.

All in all this is a pretty tasty tea, but I think I prefer not to have actual chocolate pieces in my tea. A really chocolatey tea doesn’t need them, and they just murkify everything.

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Murkify—good word!


Yeah, I like the tea, but I have to clean out my pot but good after making it.

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189 tasting notes

Appearance: med curl leaf, deep black, paper fine choclate shavings
Aroma when Dry: bittersweet, slightly smokey
After water is first poured: dusty, salty sweet
At end of steep: sweet, musty
Tea liquor:
At end of first steep: powder brown
multiple steeps: not likely, did not attempt.
Staple? No
Time of day preferred: evening
first notes: flat, bland, and at same time, silky, creamy buttery, black tea chases slight smoke.
As it cools? Gets dustier, nutty.
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No.
Lingers? No.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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94 tasting notes

I think I’ve found my new favorite chocolate tea. This is the most chocolatey tea I’ve had. I really like the creamy texture it has. I was going to add milk but once again we’re out, but this tea is fine without it.

The caffeine level in this tea is really high so I don’t think I’ll be sleeping well tonight…

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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564 tasting notes

Sipdown! This is good, but I’m starting to think I need a little something extra in my chocolate teas or I’ll find them boring. This is one of those times—I made a pot and by the end of it I almost didn’t want to finish it. The vanilla is a nice touch and keeps everything creamy, but I’m finding myself hoping for some spice, some fruit, something. Ah, well, plenty of good chocolate teas in my cabinet.

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45 tasting notes

Finally, a tea that has just about enough chocolate flavour! ;-)

I could smell the chocolate and vanilla a little more than I could taste it, and I, too, found a kind of bitter aftertaste, and also something a little odd about the chocolate, maybe. But still, it was a nice flavoured tea.

I’m still finding my way with black teas, and I’m not familiar wtih Yunnan, so maybe it had to do with the flavour of Yunnan. I liked the chocolate curls, and I didn’t mind the murkiness they made in the tea.

I steeped this at 195F for 2.75 minutes, and added sugar and skim milk.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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50 tasting notes

I’ve learned to be wary of chocolate teas over the years. They always seem to promise a lot more than they deliver. Republic of Teas chocolate always tastes artificial and waxy, and Teavana knows no restraint when it comes to sweetness.

Enter a sample of this tea. What’s this? Simple black tea with real quality chocolate curls (I may or may not have tasted one straight out of the packet) and a hint of vanilla? No mockolate flavor? Only 3 simple components? Promising!

This might be one of the best chocolate teas I’ve had. It isn’t perfect; there’s a certain dusty aftertaste that I’m not loving. But the chocolate melts into the tea, giving it a smooth and creamy texture, and the tea and chocolate combine wonderfully. This is not hot chocolate masquerading as tea. This is real chocolate-infused tea, and a very balanced one at that.

I’ve found that adding a bit of milk and cream cuts down the dusty/bitter components. Overall, a great tea for dessert.

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