|"Coupled with a good sweetener - like stevia, which I used - it encroached (successfully) on hot cocoa territory."|
Brewing instructions stated to steep this in 200F water for five minutes. I did so with 1 heaping teaspoon in 8oz of water. Usually botanical blends with a rooibos base require a six-minute steep, but I wasn't about to rock the boat.
The liquor brewed to the reddish brown that rooibos' usually do. The smell was that of unrefined chocolate, similar to German dark chocolate but without the sweetness. It was divine. No other word matched it - delicious and decadent. This is something you break out when you have a daughter you want to spoil, while at the same time gateway-ing her into tea appreciation. All evil genius-like. It almost reaches the awe-inspiring choco-excellence of Numi's Chocolate Pu-erh, but misses it due to the lighter base. Coupled with a good sweetener - like stevia, which I used - it encroached (successfully) on hot cocoa territory.
My brother/roommate even remarked that it "tasted like Cocoa Puffs".
All that was well in good, but how did this "late" handle as an actual latte?
I broke out the lowfat organic milk, a frother, vanilla extract, vanilla syrup, more stevia, the Emerald Tablet of Alchemy, and went to work. The added vanilla-ness was because - well - I love vanilla. I wish I had a more plain and logical reason, but I don't. In latte form, this turned out balls-out perfect. Like, I seriously wanted to run around the house, naked, screaming...and probably get arrested. It was that good. I really don't know what else there is to say. Lure your unsuspecting tea novices in with this one.
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