Black Silk Chocolate Milk Qui Hao from 52Teas

Black-Silk-Chocolate-MilkTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Mount Wuyi, in Fujian China is primarily known for oolongs, but this rare black tea is harvested only a short time each year. It is naturally low in tannins, giving it an exquisitely smooth finish which, combined with its natural chocolate notes, earned it the nickname “Black Silk”. We’ve upped the ante by adding some organic chocolate and marshmallow flavors, cacao nibs and marshmallow root.

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Taster’s Review:

When I read my SororiTea Sister Nichole’s review of this Black Silk Chocolate Milk Qui Hao from 52Teas, I was eager to try the tea out for myself!  If you’re a frequent reader of our little blog here, you may have picked up on the fact that I’m a little bit of a chocolate freak!  So this tea is right up my alley!

Mmm!  The Qui Hao black tea is a delightful choice for the base of this tea.  It is a rich, satisfying, well-rounded tea and it compliments the flavor of the chocolate notes.  There is a creaminess from the marshmallow but it seems a little subtle.  But that’s alright, because for me, this tea is about the chocolate.

The combination of the rich, malty Qui Hao and the chocolate flavors creates a dark chocolate type of flavor and the hint of marshmallow enhances the overall sweetness of it.  I don’t usually add milk to my teas these days, but after sipping on this for a while, I decided I’d see how it tasted with a splash of milk.

I have to say that I think that this is even better with the addition of dairy.  It brings the marshmallow notes forward a little bit without obscuring the chocolate notes.  It adds just a hint of the milk chocolate flavors that I think that this particular tea needed because I wasn’t really getting “chocolate milk” until I added the dairy.  The milk just brought it all together very nicely.

Overall, a really pleasing chocolate tea.  If you’re a chocoholic tea lover – you should definitely give this one a try!

Black Silk Chocolate Milk Qui Hao from 52Teas

Black-Silk-Chocolate-MilkTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  52Teas

Tea Description:

Mount Wuyi, in Fujian China is primarily known for oolongs, but this rare black tea is harvested only a short time each year. It is naturally low in tannins, giving it an exquisitely smooth finish which, combined with its natural chocolate notes, earned it the nickname “Black Silk”. We’ve upped the ante by adding some organic chocolate and marshmallow flavors, cacao nibs and marshmallow root.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’m always hoping to find a nice chocolate tea, but haven’t really found one that is the most delicious yet! Sometimes the chocolate is too faint or fake… sometimes the tea base is too bold. When I saw this black silk chocolate milk blend pop up for sale, I knew that I had to give it a try.  It seemed like it would have a great combination of chocolate and a smooth black tea base. Plus, I love the addition of marshmallow root as I think it adds a creamy element to the blend.

After the tea has been steeped, I smell a rather strong black tea with a tiny bit of chocolate in the background. The first part of the sip is of the black tea base. It’s a little more astringent than I expected, but I do pick up on notes of hay and earth. The chocolate, for me, comes toward the end of the sip. It’s not a strong chocolate flavor, but is faint and dark like cocoa. Happily, I can taste a bit of the marshmallow root in the form of a quick creamy finish. The cup is very drinkable, but I really want the silky smooth black tea and that strong chocolate! They’re just not there for me, unfortunately.

I’m happy that I tried this blend, but it hasn’t filled my needs for a chocolate blend.  That being said, it’s not a bad blend and if you’re looking for an average black tea with a hint of chocolate, this is a good choice.