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Chocolate Mate Chai from Rishi Tea

October27

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh & Yerba Maté

Where to Buy: Rishi Tea

Company Description:

Velvety, mellow and deep, this chai is an enticing blend of energizing pu-erh tea, shade-grown yerba maté and cacao. Made even more inviting by creamy vanilla, nutty coconut and fruity, pungent and uplifting Ayurvedic long pepper, this is a most sophisticated take on hot cocoa.

Taster’s Review:

This is a tea that frightened me.  I am not crazy about pu-erh tea (although I think I am acquiring a taste for them).  It’s the earthy quality of pu-erh that puts me off, and in a blend with yerba maté which is also quite earthy, I was afraid this blend would be way too earthy for my palate.

But it isn’t!  This is really very tasty!

The chocolate flavor is very prominent, and it tastes rich and smooth.  It is a somewhat savory chocolate which pairs well with the masala spice blend.  The spices are not over-the-top, I can taste a peppery note though, but it does not overwhelm the cup.  It is actually quite delicate and accents the other flavors very nicely.

But the real star here is the coconut.  It is the most prominent flavor that I’m detecting.  It is sweet and creamy and in perfect harmony with the cocoa flavor and the spices.  This really is quite a bit like a gourmet hot chocolate!

The flavor of the pu-erh tea is not really distinct – and that is just fine with me.  As I’ve already mentioned, I’m not all that crazy about pu-erh.  That being said, there is a pleasant depth to this blend that I attribute to the tea as well as the yerba maté.  There is a hint of earthy quality but it is not off-putting, it’s really very pleasant.

I like this tea very much.  I did not brew it the way that the packaging suggests – with a boiling water and milk combination – I simply used boiling water and steeped for 4 minutes – using about 1 tsp. of tea per 6 ounces of water.  This created a very sumptuous cup that was alive with the flavors of coconut, chocolate, and warm spices.  Delicious!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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