|"This tisane makes for a satisfying, warming treat. The flavours are successfully blended, the cinnamon being the biggest player. "|
I infused a heaping teaspoonful of the blend in 250ml of boiling, filtered water for 5 minutes. The tisane quickly colours to a deep rusty red. There is a rather unappealing slick of oil floating on top. That’s the draw back of having cocoa and chocolate as part of the ingredients I guess. There is a mild but convincing aroma combining chocolate and cinnamon wafting from the cup. Taking a sip, the flavour profile is honey sweet and lightly spicy. The cinnamon lingers a while on the tongue in the finish. I didn’t find this blend particularly chocolaty, although adding milk and/or a sweetener (I chose maple syrup) does make the chocolate’s taste a bit more prominent. I was more reminded of rice pudding, as far as deserts go.
I try steeping the blend again for 7 minutes, not expecting much – flavoured rooibos blends are usually a one hit wonder. Surprisingly while the rooibos and honeybush have indeed faded quite a bit, the spices are still going strong. It’s a bit watery in feel and not nearly as lush as the previous cup, but this brew still quite pleasant.
This tisane makes for a satisfying, warming treat. It also works well iced. The flavours are successfully blended, the cinnamon being the biggest player. To sweeten the pot, a portion of the sales of this tea goes to a Christian organization helping Mexican orphans. All in all, this is a good, reasonably priced buy. I look forward to sampling other offerings from Trail Lodge Tea.
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