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.
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!