Chocolate Coconut Truffle from The NecessiTeas

Imagine my JOY…Chocolate Coconut Truffle from The NecessiTeas option!  YAY!  The chocolate in this flavored Black and Honeybush Blend is cocoa nibs.  I really must pause and try and explain to the best of my ability the aroma that rolled out of the bag once I opened it.  It was like a DARK Chocolate Brownie.  Upon a second sniff I was able to take in the coconut aroma as well.

Chocolate Coconut Truffle from The NecessiTeas has a very dark sip at the beginning and then follows through with a sweeter middle sip.  The end sip on to the after taste is much more creamy and dreamy and the flavor that lingers well on to the after taste is another treat in itself.

The apple ingredient is more of an afterthought.  It’s very subtle but I couldn’t imagine Chocolate Coconut Truffle from The NecessiTeas without it.

Once this has had a chance to cool at room temperature for a bit I noticed the flavor becomes even more smooth.  This is darn tasty!  Now I want to eat a brownie!  Chocolate Coconut Truffle from The NecessiTeas the ultimate sweet tooth tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea/Honeybush Blend
Where to Buy: The NecessiTeas
Description: A truly sublime black tea mix, this “island night” blend of real coconut and cocoa evokes the rich and calming beauty of an after hours exotic getaway. The undertones of honeybush tea, apples, and other natural flavors beautifully complement the chocolate and coconut, making this flavorful escape a full destination of deliciousness.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Brownie Batter Honeybush from 52Teas

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52teas-Brownie-Batter-HoneybushTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

A certain someone who shall remain nameless *ahem, LiberTEAs* keeps telling me that our chocolate blends need MORE chocolate. More chocolate, she insists, more, more, more. So, I decided to see just how chocolatey a blend I can make: and here it is. This is our premium organic, caffeine-free honeybush blended with organic cacao nibs AND chocolate chips and organic flavors of brownie batter and extra chocolate. =) Do I need to say more?

Learn more about this tea here.

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Taster’s Review:

So I was quite pleased with myself when I read the above description because it’s nice to see that people listen to me when I say that more chocolate = better.  Sometimes I think I say these things just to hear my fingers tap on the keyboard.

But no.  Frank from 52Teas heard me.  And so he created this Brownie Batter Honeybush tea.

To brew this, I used my Breville One Touch, adding the whole 1/2 ounce to the basket (I usually like a little extra leaf when it comes to honeybush tisanes).  Then I poured 500ml of freshly filtered water into the jug of my tea maker.  I set the temperature for 195°F and the timer for 10 minutes.  Since honeybush doesn’t have the tannin content that Camellia Sinensis does, it won’t get bitter like tea when steeped an extended length of time.  And by lowering the temperature to just below boiling, I find that it eliminates that funky ‘sour wood’ taste that is often noted in both rooibos and honeybush.

My first two sips were a little muddied because the cup was still quite hot.  After allowing it to cool to a drinkable temperature, the flavors really come forward.

The flavor is really chocolate-y.  The honeybush flavors come through too, and the nutty flavor of the honeybush really ties in well with the idea of brownie batter.  I find that the flavors develop as I continue to sip – now that I’m nearly finished with this huge mug of tea, I’m experiencing more chocolate with each sip than I did at the start.

Very yummy.  If you’re a chocolate fan, you’ll like this one.  The chocoholic in me is quite satisfied with this drink!

Pumpkin Brownie Honeybush Blend from 52Teas

Pumpkin-Brownie-HoneybushTisane Information:

Leaf Type:  Honeybush

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tisane Description:

I think this one might just speak for itself.   Caffeine-free honeybush, cacao nibs and marigold petals with organic pumpkin and fudge brownie flavors.  This is a big cup of delicious!

Learn more about this tisane here.

Taster’s Review:

I don’t remember ever tasting a pumpkin brownie before, and I’m pretty sure that if I had tasted a pumpkin brownie before, I would remember it!  So, for the purposes of this review, I’m going to just have to imagine what a pumpkin brownie would taste like.

And while I’ve never tried pumpkin brownies, something I have tried (and I LOVE!) are pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  When autumn arrives, something I’m always keeping a look out for at my grocery store bakery are those cookies … and I’m happy to say that this reminds me a lot of those yummy treats!

But getting back to the subject of pumpkin brownies, I think I’m going to have to find a recipe for pumpkin brownies too.  This might just have to be the Thanksgiving dessert for this year’s Thanksgiving.  Because … yeah.  Pumpkin … Brownie.  Do I need to say any more?

And if my pumpkin brownies wind up tasting anything like this yummy tisane, I think it might even be something that is requested more often than on Thanksgiving.  This is YUM!

The honeybush base is a nice choice for these flavors, because it has a naturally sweet, nutty taste that goes really well with a fudge brownie flavor.  It adds some depth to the brownie notes.  And I like the way the honeyed flavor works with the pumpkin too.

This is a sweet dessert-like tea, but I like that even though it’s inspired by something that is really rich and sweet, it isn’t an overly sweet cup of tea.  It satisfies the sweet tooth without overwhelming it.  There is a balance, ad the pumpkin, while it is a sweeter vegetable, it adds an element of savory to the cup so that it’s not cloying.

The pumpkin is sweet but not too sweet, and adds a compelling contrast to the cacao flavor, and I really love the way pumpkin and chocolate taste together.  There’s a good amount of chocolate flavor, a good amount of pumpkin, and I can still taste the nutty flavors of the honeybush too.


Cinnamon Chocolate Brownie from Simpson and Vail

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Simpson and Vail

Tea Description: 

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.

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 3 minutes.

Certified Kosher

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I received this in a tea trade and was eager to try it because I had yet to try a tea from Simpson and Vail. So far I have been quite pleased with all three of the Simpson and Vail teas I received in this trade!

Having never tried Simpson and Vail before I took a look around their site and was impressed that this is a family run business, the prices are quite fair, and they have an amazing selection of teas, coffee, food, and tea ware. They also have recipes, and all of their information regarding health, shipping, policies, etc are easy to find. I truly enjoy a well laid out website that offers easy to find information, and is user friendly.

Needless to say I will be revisiting the Simpson and Vail site again to place an order of my own!

The base used in this tea is quite bold, which I like. Especially for a morning wake up tea. Sure this is a dessert tea but no one can tell me I can’t have my dessert tea for breakfast.

The cinnamon is a nice touch, but only a touch, and unlike many teas with cinnamon in them, the cinnamon in this tea does not take over. The chocolate is not over the top either but tastes like a darker chocolate to me. Now I am picky when it comes to chocolate flavoring in tea. Usually, in my opinion, the chocolate flavor used in tea often comes over as really cheap tasting. Like the easter chocolate eggs you could find at a local dollar store. Not good. This however, is a nice chocolate flavor and that is because they used real cocoa nibs, organic cocoa nibs at that! A true chocolate taste.

Now I may not be as in love with this tea as my sisters are, but it is a good hearty blend with well balanced flavors that taste the way the name eludes that it will. However it is not quite as “dessert-y” as one may hope for when reaching for a dessert-y tea. On the other hand it is a wonderfully flavored tea for breakfast when one does not want their standard black.

I do notice as the tea cools more of the flavor develops so don’t be in too big of a rush enjoying this tea … give it a chance to show you all it has to offer.

I look forward to trying more from Simpson and Vail.

Cinnamon Chocolate Brownie from Simpson & Vail

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Simpson & Vail

Product Description:

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.

Taster’s Review:

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.