Berry Mocha Truffle Black Tea from Octavia Tea

Berry_Mocha_TruffleTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Tea Information:

Let’s keep this simple. This blend smells and tastes exactly like dark chocolate covered fruit. It’s seriously good. You get the mocha & dark chocolate first, a fruit blast in the middle and a slight bitter chocolate and floral finish. To make it more indulgent, stir in some milk and sugar.

This tea is available from Amoda Tea.

It’s also part of Amoda Tea’s Holiday Box!

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Taster’s Review:

As I’m sitting here with the aroma of this tea wafting through the air, I find myself in total agreement with Amoda Tea’s description above:  Yep, it smells exactly like dark chocolate covered fruit.  My mouth is watering right now.  It smells SO GOOD.

It’s the cocoa husks!  (Aka cacao shells!)  I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating:  tea companies should use cacao shells if they want a strong, true flavor for their chocolate teas.

As for the taste:  Yum!  I get the mocha notes up front, and as the sip continues, I pick up on a strong berry note that lingers into the aftertaste.

This has a really pleasing chocolate note.  I love the dark chocolate flavor of this tea.  Bittersweet!  It’s a really nice contrast to the sweet-tart flavors of berry.

My one criticism of this tea is that the black tea seems just a wee bit lost in these strong flavors.  Yes, I taste the black tea, but I don’t think it’s quite robust enough to be with all this chocolate mocha and berry flavors.

I don’t know what type of black tea is used as a base for this blend, but I think that an Assam or a Nilgiri would have been a good choice for it because I think that those malty notes that Assam and Nilgiri teas are known for would taste amazing with these chocolate mocha notes.  My taste buds are “mmm-ing” just at the thought of a malty, rich Assam tea with the mocha flavors.

But as it is, this is really a nice tea.  I can taste the tea – and I find that the tea flavors come through a little stronger as I make my way down the cup (and a slurp now and then doesn’t hurt!)   But this really tastes more like a mocha than it does a tea.

The berry notes brighten the cup in a really nice way.  The sip starts out with the strong mocha-esque flavors and then all the sudden, a bit of bright, berry flavor hits the palate.  Nice!

This is the tea I’d recommend to someone who is a former coffee drinker and decided to turn to tea because the caffeine of coffee is harsh on them (it was on me!) but they still miss that mocha flavor from their favorite coffee shop!  This tea will help them miss their mocha less – or perhaps not at all – because I’d rather drink this than a $5 mocha any day!

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Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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