The Cacao Mint black tea from Teavana is definitely a pleasing flavor combination. Though, I feel it would be hard to go ‘wrong’ with a simple chocolate and mint black tea.
My fiancé prepared this with dinner tonight, and while the mint aroma is definitely not as strong as the Moroccan Mint tea from MarketSpice, it still manages to overthrow any competing fragrances from, say, a savory ravioli dinner.
I enjoy this tea, it is one of the black teas from Teavana that I am happiest with. The mint is the most apparent flavoring, with just a hint of chocolate in the background, less noticeable than the black tea itself. It’s soothing and mellow, as any self-respecting mint tea should be.
It does taste a little on the extract-y side, as opposed to tasting more like a natural mint addition to the tea. It’s funny that I didn’t experience this with our first few pots of this tea, several weeks ago. Whether it’s a change in the tea itself, or a change in my own personal tastes, I couldn’t say. I could be growing into more of a tea-snob by the minute ;)
At any rate, this is a solid tea, one that I could see adorning anyone’s tea cabinet as a standby crowd pleaser. However, I think I have some additional Chocolate Mint teas to buy before I decide that the Teavana premium on this tea is worth it. Teavana sells this for $6.80/2 oz, while MarketSpice runs it at about $2.40/2 oz, for example. Though I can’t offer a comparative review the one from MarketSpice… yet!