Review: Tea Forte Hazelnut Truffle

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Thumbs up!"This tea lived up to its name and was scrumptious..."
Erika’s Teaview: 8/10
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I was introduced to Tea Forte a few years ago when my husband had very thoughtfully put together a hand-selected sampler for my birthday.  At the time, the unusual shape of the packaging intrigued me.  Nowadays it’s not uncommon to find other pyramid shaped bags, but most need to be coaxed into shape, and they can easily crumple under their own weight.  Tea Forte's infusers on the other hand are always standing at attention, and the little string and leaf attached for easy removal has always put a smile on my face.

This morning I’m sampling Tea Forte’s Hazelnut Truffle.  Ingredients include a black tea base with Belgian chocolate, rosebuds, cacao shells, roasted coconut flakes, natural hazelnut flavors, and other natural flavors.  The scent was heavenly, a clear mixture of chocolate and hazelnut that reminded me of those powdered coffees that come in oblong tins.  I used water brought to a boil and allowed to cool slightly with a four minute steep.  After the buzzer rang, I removed the pyramid and noticed that the contents had swelled to near capacity.  I tried as best I could to wait for the liquid to cool before taking my first sip.

I have had the opportunity to sample a wide variety of chocolate flavored teas and let me tell you, the bar has been set very high.  Happily, this tea holds its own.  The most prominent component is the hazelnut, which adds a nice toasted quality to the cup.  The chocolate follows closely and the coconut lingers around in the back.  I was pleased that the “natural flavors” actually came across as natural, as it seems so many of them tend to add an unpleasant artificial taste to tea.  For my second cup I added a little cream, and I much preferred this cup to the first.  With the addition of cream it truly turned into a delicious dessert tea.  This tea lived up to its name and was scrumptious, a must try for fans of hazelnut and chocolate.

For a wide selection of Gourmet Organic Teas be sure to visit Tea Forte.

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