Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"What really surprised me about this blend was how enjoyable it was as an iced tea. The black tea is fairly sturdy and the chocolate flavor adds some sweetness and depth, but the rose keeps the flavor clean and refreshing."|
Culinary Teas is a company that is really growing on me. While I don't particularly love their web design, their site is full of good information, and the company does offer a fairly impressive array of teas. Today I sampled their Chocolate Rose Tea. I don't see this tea available on their website as I write this review, but if memory serves me correctly, this is a special in-house blend that Culinary Teas offers around Valentines Day. I can't provide a definite list of ingredients, but based on appearance, I can see that this tea consists of black tea and rose petals, and what I assume to be pieces of cacao nibs. I am always a sucker for chocolate tea. Now rose, that's a different story. I love the scent of roses, but rarely have I enjoyed their flavor. So I was really interested to see how this blend would go down. I used my standard black tea brewing parameters: steeping one teaspoon of leaves per cup of boiling water for three minutes. I was happy to see that the chocolate reigns supreme in this blend. The brew is rich and sweet with a strong chocolate flavor, and that chocolate flavor is very natural rather than artifical tasting. The rose component is subdued. You can certainly tell it is there, but it is not too strong so as to make you think you are drinking perfume. What really surprised me about this blend was how enjoyable it was as an iced tea. I discovered this by mistake, since I had made a rather large pot and a remainder of the tea in the pot cooled to room temperature and I decided to throw some ice cubes in it and see how it tasted. It turns out this is a satisfying iced tea. The black tea is fairly sturdy and the chocolate flavor adds some sweetness and depth, but the rose keeps the flavor clean and refreshing. Taken cold, the tea really allows the mix of rose and cocoa to shine. I have to admit that going into this review, I did not have big expectations that I would really like this tea all that much, but I am happy to report that this tea was surprisngly tasty. I recommend others consider this tea the next time it becomes available.
— To purchase Culinary Teas Chocolate Rose Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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