Review: ESP Emporium Cocoa/Orange

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Thumbs up!"Overall, this is not only one of the better chocolate blends that I've tried, but also one of the best herbals that I have had in a long time. "
Laura’s Teaview: 9/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 9/10, Sophie gave it 8.2/10, Melanie gave it 6.9/10
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espemporiumcocoaorangeThis Cocoa/Orange Herbal Tea is the first offering from ESP Emporium that I have had the opportunity to sample. After surfing their website for a little while, I will say that their blends are a flavored tea lover's dream. Not only do they have many flavored tea offerings (some pure leaf too), but a number of them are quite unique. It is rare that I come across a tea company that has a multitude of blends that I have not seen elsewhere, but this is one of them. In fact, in the most recent sample package that I received from Teaviews, this was one of the samples that I was most interested in trying as I have never come across a Cocoa/Orange flavor profile done as an herbal before. Further, I love the flavor combination of chocolate and orange and have long been searching for the perfect chocolate-orange flavored tea blend.

ESP Emporium lists the ingredients in this tea as cocoa peel, apple pieces, orange peel, roasted cocoa brittle, lemon grass, flavoring, rose hip peel, stinging nettle leaves, mulberry leaves. I scooped this generously and infused it with water brought to a full boil for 6 min. The aroma coming from my tea maker is bright and citrusy. The cup is dominated by a citrus flavor that actually errs in favor of tasting more like lemons than oranges to me. It is paired with a rich chocolatey undertone. The chocolate flavor in this is not mere notes, but a true undertone. It is that of a nice, deep, dark chocolate and that chocolate flavor lingers in your mouth after you swallow. If you don't taste it when you first start sipping this, chillax for a minute and allow it to cool a bit as that is when the chocolate undertone really makes it's presence known. I would call the type of chocolate flavor in this to be more of baker's chocolate or semisweet flavor. While one might think that something that is not distinctly an orange flavor might not pair so well with a chocolatey flavor, that is actually not the case. That deep chocolate flavor prompted to me to keep sipping and I emptied my cup rather quickly. I did find that I enjoyed this best with just a touch of German rock cane sugar, but this is naturally sweet so proceed with caution when sweetening.

Overall, this is not only one of the better chocolate blends that I've tried, but also one of the best herbals that I have had in a long time. This blend is delicious and extremely balanced and well done. I loved the sweet refreshing taste that the citrus brought to the cup and also loved that delicious semi-sweet chocolate undertone. One thing to note is that when I do tea reviews, I typically prepare the cup and write a rough draft review. I then come back to finalize the review while enjoying another preparation of the tea. If something isn't all that great it will sometimes be several weeks until I drink another cup and finalize the review. This Cocoa/Orange, however, was so yummy that just a few days passed! This offering has put ESP Emporium on my list of companies that I will consider when shopping for some unique and tasty flavored blends. This one goes on my short list of teas that I want to add to my personal tea stash. Thumbs up!

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