|"The black tea base is somewhat bitter and, when paired with the chocolate flavoring, kind of morphs into this bittersweet chocolate flavor that made this blend extra delicious to me"|
I happen to love the combination of chocolate and mint. Mint chocolate chip ice cream from Baskin & Robbins is one of my ultimate comfort foods though I rarely give in to the urge to indulge. I happen to have a couple of chocolate mint black teas in my personal tea collection and consider them amongst my favorites. When Lynn's review of this blend posted on the site, I became even more excited to know that my own sample of it was waiting to be reviewed.
Dispersed amongst the black leaves in my dry sample package are some green peppermint leaves. The aroma coming from my sample package is nothing short of decadent! While peppermint dominates the aroma, there is a nice rich chocolate undertone that promises a tasty cup. I prepared my sample with water brought to a full boil and allowed to cool a bit and infused the leaves for a full 5 min (the website suggests anywhere from 3-7 min depending upon how strong you like your tea). A quick check of the ingredients shows that this consists of luxury black tea, peppermint, blackberry leaves and natural flavors. Curious of what a luxury black tea might consist, I did a little checking around on the Culinary Teas website and found that they use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown districts produce flavorful teas that have classic ‘Ceylon’ tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of mild astringency and a bright coppery color.
The prepared cup delivers a nice decadent dessert tea. One thing about this blend is that the aroma is amazing and has this hint of chocolate to it that really teases the senses. The peppermint definitely dominates the blend, but doesn't totally overwhelm it. The black tea base is somewhat bitter and, when paired with the chocolate flavoring, kind of morphs into this bittersweet chocolate flavor that made this blend extra delicious to me. I did find that I enjoyed this best with a healthy dose of German rock cane sugar. This also took a splash of milk well---and took a splash of chocolate milk even better! Further, as I write this Culinary Teas has this blend on sale and, at the sale price of just $6.62 for a 4 oz bag, it is an excellent value. The combination of the mint and bittersweet dark chocolate taste make this one definitely worth consideration.
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