Review: Trail Lodge Tea Mexican Cocoa Rooibos

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Thumbs up!"This tisane makes for a satisfying, warming treat. The flavours are successfully blended, the cinnamon being the biggest player. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.2/10
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traillodgeteamexcocoThis is the first time I am sampling an offering from Trail Lodge Tea. They carry a wide range of herbal teas and rooibos. This organic blend contains rooibos, cinnamon, honeybush, cacao bits, chocolate seeds, safflower, chili flakes and natural flavour. It’s not clear to me what “chocolate seeds” are but I’m sure I want to grow some in my garden. ☺ The blend is a rusty brown colour, including easily distinguishable flecks of all the ingredients listed. The aroma is spicy yet tart and fruity – very interesting!

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.

— To purchase Trail Lodge Tea Mexican Cocoa 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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