I admit that I know next to nothing about tea. I couldn’t tell a Darjeeling from a Rooibos. I do know how to make a great cup of builder’s tea though. And I probably get through four or five cuppas a day. Whilst I know tea is very much similar to chocolate when you consider all the different tea plant types, growing locations and perpetration, the end result of the cup of tea is dependent on how the end user (me in this case) actually brews it. With chocolate it’s just a case of unwrapping and enjoying. But seeing as I haven’t made a cup of tea with loose leaves for about twenty years, I don’t hold much hope of getting it right first time.
When I was on the Chocolate and Love site I knew that I just had to try something different and get away from the usual plain chocolate fare. So here we are, a nice cuppa chocolate tea – with bits in ;-)
When I opened the inner packet it just had a fantastic aroma of Malibu rum, which I suppose it gets from the coconut that is added to the black tea which was also combined with chocolate pieces. I found this aroma to be incredibly engaging and intoxicating and really made me want to try it straight away. Of course I let it brew for about three minutes and then tried it.
After stirring and letting it to settle it turned into a honey colour that made it appear very flavoursome. Whilst I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I did find it delicious, if a touch unusual. There was a heavy sweetness that did actually taste a fair bit of honey, coconut and, raisins. There was, however, a slight acrid flavour at the back of the throat. It’s nothing to worry about, and I’m sure you get it with all (non-pleb’s) tea!
But does it taste of chocolate? Definitely. It’s not what I call strong, but it does balance well with the tea flavour after you’ve strained it. I probably made it too strong, but next time I’ll try it a touch weaker to see what it’s like. Overall I liked it, but I don’t think I should have tried it on an empty stomach as it just didn’t give the indulgent feel it might have if I’d just had a good meal. Also, can it compete with a good bar of Beschle? I’m afraid not. Well it wouldn’t would it? I salivate at the thought of a great bar of chocolate.