Thanks so much, Angry Tea Room! This is a tea company I feel doesn’t find enough notice on Steepster. They have so many delicious sounding blends! Here is a lovely no caffeine option that I was very interested in trying. It sounds like a Mexican hot chocolate: plenty of chocolate ingredients, plenty of spicy ingredients with a rooibos and honeybush base. I love the addition of the saffron…it gives the blend a look of flames! I went with one heaping teaspoon as I didn’t want to overdue it with the promise of spicy ingredients. However, I shouldn’t have worried. The spiciness isn’t too bad. I could have handled a little more heat. It isn’t like some heat blends that use a lot of cayenne pepper powder. If anyone is worried the spices will be too much for you, don’t! The flavor has a nice cocoa flavor to it. Plenty of cocoa! The rooibos/honeybush base is of the very smooth sort. None of that offensive rooibos. It’s the good stuff, which is probably helped with the additional honeybush. On the second steep, the cocoa takes a backseat and the spicy flavors turn up. More cinnamon than heat, but a nice balance anyway. A unique blend I haven’t seen anywhere else. I’m not sure why this wasn’t called ‘Angry Chocolate rooibos’ though!
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug// 8 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep