Hot Chocolate from DAVIDsTEA

hotchocolateTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy: DAVIDsTEA

Tea Description:

We take hot chocolate pretty seriously around here. It’s gotta be rich, decadent and mega-creamy. And after searching high and low for the ultimate hot chocolate tea, we finally found the perfect blend. We took a flavourful base of pu’erh and black tea, then we added real cocoa nibs and fudgy chocolate chips. The result? An uber-chocolately blend worthy of the name Hot Chocolate. Dark, sweet and totally satisfying, it’s the perfect winter treat.

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Taster’s Review:

This was another blend that I was excited to try from the 2015 Winter Collection. I love hot chocolate and I love tea. There are times, though, when I would like to have the flavor of hot chocolate, but not the added fat or calories of a true cup.

The scent of this blend reminds me of a powdered hot chocolate mix… really! I can detect the sugar and the chocolate… and I’m so surprised that this scent is coming from a tea. I’m not sure how they did it. Giving this cup a sip, I am already enjoying this one quite a bit. I taste the earthy quality of the pu-erh, but also the chocolate that actually seems lighter than expected. I think that drinking this tea a bit quicker than usual instead of sipping, brings out more of the straight hot chocolate flavor. One thing I should mention is that the flavor I’m getting doesn’t reflect a hot chocolate made from chocolate shavings, but more of a powder mix.

There is an unfortunate element of this tea that I just can’t seem to ignore: the stevia. I am someone who can tolerate stevia in many things and actually add it to my coffee once in a while. Its presence in this cup really ruins everything, though. I would recommend this blend if you aren’t sensitive to stevia and if you enjoy hot chocolate.. but otherwise, this might be one to skip.

Chocolate & Strawberry Puerh from Lupicia

ChocolateStrawberryPuerhTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Puerh

Where to Buy:  Lupicia

Tea Description:

Decadent with chocolate on the nose, finishing with the juicy tart flavor of ripe strawberries. The rich flavors of puer tea and chocolate also work wonderfully with milk.

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Taster’s Review:

I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of puerh. It’s one of those teas that my tastebuds can’t seem to enjoy. Most of the puerh teas I’ve tried seemed too dusty, earthy and the very worst, fishy! I’ve personally found that there are so many teas out there that I enjoy more so I haven’t gone out of my way to find puerh. I have high hopes for this blend, though, as it’s supposed to have notes of chocolate and strawberry. Lupicia does fruit flavoring quite well, in my experience, so I bet this will be a tasty cup.

Ooh, this is lovely! The beginning of the sip offers a strong chocolate flavor and a bright strawberry. It reminds me a little bit of a melted chocolate bar with strawberry jam. How delicious! The puerh is actually so far in the background that I can’t truly taste it. I suppose it does come out at the end of the sip as something a bit dry and dark. If I gulp the tea, the puerh does become more present. This is where the blend falls flat.. but only because I don’t like puerh. Hah! The tea base does work with the flavorings, though.

I recommend this tea for anyone who loves the combination of strawberry and chocolate. Lupicia could not have made a more perfect blend of the two. Those who enjoy puerh might be a little disappointed as it’s not terribly strong, but really.. it’s all about the chocolate and strawberry!