Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Indonique
Our secret blend of rich Indian black tea and spices including cocoa. Chocolate Chai is sure to become your families new cold weather tradition.
This is one of the best chocolate chai teas that I’ve encountered. Here’s the reason – I can TASTE the chocolate. I mean… REALLY taste the chocolate.
The Nilgiri base is smooth and stays in a harmonious balance with the spices and cocoa. I’m not tasting even a hint of bitterness, nor am I detecting any astringency to this cup.
Nilgiri is an excellent choice for chai blends because it has a deep, robust flavor but is a little less tempermental than a typical Assam might be – which can get bitter when left to brew too long. A Nilgiri will allow the tea drinker to steep a little longer to get more flavor out of the masala spices without worry that the tea base will become bitter.
This chai gets its chocolate-y flavor from cocoa powder – which is evident when you look at the dry leaf, it looks as though it has had an ample dusting of cocoa powder.
The cinnamon is the most prominent spice in this blend, but it doesn’t present itself as a hot, spicy cinnamon. There is a mild to warm spice note in the background, but with this tea, it’s really all about the chocolate – and in the opinion of THIS tea reviewer, that’s just the way it should be!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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