Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail
Do you love chocolate but hate the calories? This tea may be the answer! Made from all organic and natural ingredients, this black tea blend tastes decadent with no residual weight effects. The aroma of this tea reminds me of my grandma’s kitchen when all of us kids were able to coax her into baking us brownies … delicious….
Ingredients: Organic China black tea, organic cocoa nibs, organic cinnamon pieces and natural flavoring.
Are there teas that you fall in love with before you even open the package? I mean, you just read the name of the tea and you love it? I experienced that with this tea. Cinnamon Chocolate Brownie? Um… YES please!
The aroma right out of the bag is spot on. I smell cinnamon, I smell chocolate, and I smell rich, gooey fudge brownies. Once brewed, the fragrance softens a bit, but I still smell the chocolate and the cinnamon, as well as the distinct scent of freshly baked brownies. I am salivating just sitting here smelling the aroma that is wafting out of my tea mug as I type.
The flavor is also spot on. The only difference is that I can also taste the black tea. There is a really good balance of flavors – it doesn’t seem like any one note is competing with the others for the spotlight. It’s more like a very solid quartet of flavors, singing their way onto the palate and I’m loving every moment of the performance.
The cinnamon offers just a hint of heat to the cup. It isn’t what I would call spicy-hot, but, it does deliver a little bit of warmth. The chocolate is rich and inviting. The black tea is strong, and it has a baked-good/bread-like taste to it that melds perfectly with the chocolate flavor and completes the brownie like taste. This really tastes like brownies that have been enhanced with a touch of cinnamon.
The cinnamon notes in this tea give it an autumnal character and because of that I prefer it hot. It is warm and cozy … very comforting, and absolutely delicious.
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!