Review: ESP Emporium Cocoa/Orange

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Thumbs up!"The citrus taste is sweet and tart without being overly dominant and the cocoa comes through loud and clear for a lightly chocolaty treat. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.2/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 9/10, Laura gave it 9/10, Melanie gave it 6.9/10
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espemporiumcocoaorangeI've tried other chocolate orange blends in the past but I have yet to find one that proves to be really satisfying. Chocolate can be a tricky thing to reproduce in tea form. Using cocoa peel, apple pieces, orange peel, roasted cocoa brittle, lemon grass, flavouring, rose hip peel, stinging nettle leaves, and mulberry leaves, this offering is ESP's take on a classic combination.

A generous amount of lemon grass is floating amongst good sized pieces of orange peel and cocoa husks, making for a rather tropical-looking blend. The other ingredients listed are all visible but to a lesser degree. The aroma is well balanced between the cocoa and citrus component, each alternately coming to the fore.

ESP Emporium provides a wide bracket of possible brewing parameters for this tisane: 1 to 2 teaspoons of leaves in water heated to between 203 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, steeped between 5 to 10 minutes. Trying to average things out, I chose to brew a generous teaspoon of leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water for 8 minutes. The electric yellow liquor smells distinctly of chocolate-dipped candied orange peel. What is amazing to me is that the aroma is entirely believable, without any chemical-seeming after-whiff.

The overall effect is rather pleasant. The lemon grass ads an interesting tangy dimension to the orange flavour. The citrus taste is sweet and tart without being overly dominant. The cocoa comes through loud and clear but this blend gives just an impression of chocolate rather than a truly chocolaty flavour. It's smooth and creamy tasting but the cup is lacking in body to create a really decadent experience. With the addition of a creamer though, the texture is nearly perfect. A little sweetener helps to make the chocolate flavour more convincing as well. Like many herbal blends it can be steeped indefinitely without any adverse effects. The taste seems to become more lemony over time. A drinkable second infusion can be eked out of the leaves. The flavour profile is now more focused on generally fruity notes, courtesy of the apple pieces and blackberry leaves. The citrus flavour is still rather bold as well, especially in the finish. Although I didn't try it this way, I suspect it would also be pretty tasty as an iced tea.

At 5.50$ for 50 grams, it's very reasonably priced. I would be inclined to drop some into my shopping cart next time I place an order with ESP Emporium even if it didn't quite bowl me over. Somewhere out there there must be the chocolate orange tisane of my dreams!

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