Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tea Forté
A rich black tea with luscious Belgian chocolate, rosebuds, cacao and roasted coconut flakes. Enriched with notes of toasted Hazelnuts.
I was very excited to try this tea. Chocolate? Hazelnuts? Coconut? and Roses? Sounds heavenly if you ask me!
The aroma of the dry leaf is hazelnut with hints of chocolate and coconut. I couldn’t smell much from the rose in the dry leaf, although I can pick up vague floral notes in the liquor.
The black tea base is pretty mild here. It isn’t very aggressive, but then, I wouldn’t want it to be, because it would spoil the other flavors going on. I like the smooth, even-tone of the black tea as it is here.
The flavor is creamy and rich. I am tasting more hazelnut than anything else, but the chocolate is there too. Speaking as a chocoholic, I think it could use a bit more chocolate (but then, if a little chocolate is good, more chocolate is better, and a lot of chocolate is best. That’s my motto!)
The creamy flavor that I am getting comes primarily from the coconut, I don’t get a whole lot of specific coconut notes, but I do get that creaminess. I do get a little bit of coconut in the finish too.
The rose is not very strong in this, but its there if you focus on the sip. About mid-sip, I get a little bit of flowery sweetness, and in the finish there is a subtle sharpness that is also a distinct rose characteristic. Both of these notes are very subtle, but they’re there.
A very good cup of tea. Perhaps one of the best that I’ve tried from Tea Forté. I think what I’m liking best about it is that it IS a very contemplative cup, one that I am enjoying sipping.
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