Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The lavender was a perfect partner for the chocolate, making this tea a sophisticated dessert tea option."|
The combination of cinnamon, chocolate and lavender sounding nothing short of intriguing, so I was very eager to give this sample a try. I have now become a huge fan of rooibos teas flavored with cocoa shells, but this combination of flavors really takes things to a different level. Visually speaking, this tea is quite attractive, with cacao nibs and lavender flowers readily visible among the rooibos leaves. I steeped one heaping teaspoon of this tea in six ounces of boiling water for about six minutes. The tea offered a sweet aroma that provided a bit of a teaser for the flavor of this tea. The chocolate is the most noticeable flavor, but it is not nearly as sweet as most other cocoa-flavored rooibos blends. For me, lavender can make or break a blend, and in this case, it definitely makes it. I was surprised at how much I appreciated the contribution of the lavender, with its less intense though readily available characteristic flavor and aroma. The lavender was a perfect partner for the chocolate, making this tea a sophisticated dessert tea option. The cinnamon was the mildest ingredient in the blend, but that is not to say it was not detectable. It did provide a nice clean finish to the tea and also helped balance out the cinnamon. I found this to be perfectly delicious on its own, but I suppose some may find that it is not quite sweet enough and would wish to add milk and/or sugar. I had to prepare a second cup almost instantly after finishing the first one because I was so impressed with the flavor of this tea. This is such a refreshing spin on the usual chocolate rooibos, and I very much appreciated the originality and the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and floral flavors.
— To purchase Review:Lu Lin Teas Cinnamon, Chocolate and Lavender Rooibos, 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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