Trick or Treat! I got this tea from Par Avion Tea, but they wholesale and repackage blends from Tea Guys. Unlike some of my other Par Avion Teas, the name of this blend hasn’t since changed by Tea Guys, nor has the ingredients been updated, other than the inclusion of the preservatives sea salt and citric acid in the listing on Tea Guys website, which isn’t on my Par Avion Tea tin (though to be fair, I bet it is in there and just not listed… * cough cough * )
In any event, this tea just smells of candied ginger. And steeped… it just tastes of candied ginger, too. Where in the world is the chocolate? It lists roasted cocoa beans, dark chocolate chips, and dark cocoa powder in the ingredients, and there isn’t so much as a hint of chocolate anywhere in the flavor. None! Just a really, really sweet gingery taste (not spicy at all), like those sugary ginger candies. The flavor actually reminds me exactly of their Ginger Darjeeling Peach tea, minus the peach flavor. It’s rather bland, without any of the other flavor notes that should be in the tea coming through.
So I actually pulled out some of my leftover cocoa shells from the Simpson & Vail sampler to see if I could… I don’t know… force some chocolate flavor into this to try to make it taste how it should? That certainly helped a bit, but I still wasn’t getting strong chocolately notes, and I added half a gram of cocoa shells, so it seems to me the candied ginger is just so strong it simply overwhelms whatever they were trying to go for with a chocolately-ginger tea.
Yaaaa… I think I’ll use this one up the same way I used up the Ginger Darjeeling Peach, by cold-steeping it in lemonade, which left the lemonade with the candied ginger flavor and at least gave me some tasty lemonade, if nothing else.
Flavors: Astringent, Candy, Ginger, Sweet