Leaf Type: Fruit/Herbal Tisane
Where to Buy: The Rabbit Hole
Exotic rose and luscious chocolate mingle to create a decadent herbal brew worthy of your harem. Go on, treat yourself to a little luxury and for a completely decadent hit, add honey.
Learn more about this tisane here.
Mmm! This is really good!
This seems to be a fairly simple blend of cacao nibs and rose. But out of such simplicity comes a true delight. Upon opening the pouch, my olfactory sense was greeted with a heady fragrance of rose and the tempting aroma of chocolate. The brewed tisane offers mere hints of the rose but a very delicious chocolate scent.
I recommend steeping this for at least ten minutes – and longer would probably be even better. Since there are no tea leaves in this blend, there is no threat of bitterness by over-steeping, the flavors will just intensify with the longer steep time. I would also recommend adding a little more than the recommended 1 teaspoon of leaf per cup, and I will explain why.
After steeping according to the recommended parameters, I found the tisane to be a bit thin in flavor. Yes, the chocolate and rose flavors were there, and they were INCREDIBLE; however, I – being the chocoholic that I am – happen to think that more chocolate = better. And I think that a richer chocolate flavor here would have been much more satisfying, and this can be easily remedied by simply adding an extra teaspoon of leaf before infusing, and be sure to infuse it a minimum of ten minutes, and fifteen would be even better, if you can wait that long!
As it is, it is still very delicious. The cacao nibs give the cup a tasty bittersweet, dark chocolate kind of flavor. The rose adds a touch of exotic flavor to the cup, tasting floral but without tasting like perfume. The finish has a dry cocoa powder kind of taste, with lingering notes of rose.
This combination of flavors reminds me very much of a decadent chocolate truffle that I might find in a high-end chocolate shop … even though the flavor is thinner than I would like, I still consider this to be a highly enjoyable cup.
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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