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Hello fellow tea drinkers!
Stacey here. Thanks to everyone who read our Buttered Rum experience—we really appreciate the love. We were so appreciative in fact that we couldn’t wait to write another one. So here we are!
There’s less banter in this post, probably because we were up at 8am with the kettle on, but also because this tea left us gurgling speechless. I mean, whoa. Good on David’s Tea for making a tea that shut these two goomers up. The tea in question? Chocolate Rocket. Yes, you read that right—prepare yourself for one wild ride.
Tea: David’s Tea Chocolate Rocket
Ingredients: Roasted Yerba maté (Brasil), cocoa, almonds, roasted chicory root, raspberries, natural and artificial flavouring
DAVIDsTEA’s Description: Need a boost? Try this tea. First you’ll experience a pure, sweet hit of chocolate. Then you’ll find yourself awash in the freshness of raspberries. Followed by the richness of almonds and chicory. And then, bang, you’ll realize you’ve been infused with roasted Brazilian maté. How will you know? It’s what’s giving you all that crazy energy. Just fly with it.
We used all 10g of the loose leaf tea to make a pot; since it was a maté, we let the water settle to a comfortable 94°C before steeping for 4 minutes. This time the tea was a soft butterscotch colour. I thought there was a slight hue of pink in there but Brooke said I was seeing things. Go figure.
For the first fifteen seconds there was a silence. We just looked at each other…nodding every few sips. It’s safe to say that we were at a complete loss for words. It was that good. With its intense aroma and smooth raspberry taste ,it was definitely something to savour. After we were finally able to formulate words and not just go “hum.. ohh!…ahh” we both agreed that the raspberry hit the spot. On the other hand, we struggled with the chocolate flavouring.
Stacey: Nope, I don’t taste it!
Brooke: Oh, wait now, yes! There’s the chocolate.
Brooke: Yeah, the flavour is coming in nice now, Mmmm. It’s just a hint, like a brown tootsie roll pop. Not rich like a piece of chocolate, you know? Just the candy flavour.
Stacey: I still can’t taste the chocolate…oh wait, there it is. Yes, like a tootsie roll! Nice!
Aside from the fun flavours, we were also impressed with the taste of maté leaves. For those of you who don’t know, maté is a traditional South American tea from the Yerba tree. It’s got about half the stimulant effect as coffee but it’s also loaded with other healthy bits like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Also, unlike coffee, it won’t leave you feeling all jittery and addicted—which in my book is definitely a plus.
[Brooke here: check out this article in the LA Times from a few years ago, some studies suggest that too much of a good thing…causes cancer. Whoops!]
Brooke: I’m trying to think how this is going to feel compared to coffee… I don’t want a headache!
Stacey: It’s weird, usually I think of teas as relaxing, but all I can think about it stimulant in here.
Brooke: No, just unwind and enjoy! The stimulant comes after.
Stacey: But what am I going to be like in an hour?
Brooke: Buzzed. Like a bee.
Brooke: Overall, this tea rocks. Pun intended (get it? Chocolate Rocket? Hmph). From the name alone I was hooked. The raspberry wasn’t tart and bitter, it was silky smooth. I think the whole taste could be summed up as a quality street chocolate. You know, the ones with the fruity goo in them? Even though the description said we’d taste the chocolate first, we had the reverse effect… with delicious results. Mmmm. Pour me another cup. 8.5/10.
Stacey: It’s different, that’s for sure. It’s interesting that as you go in for a sip you’re hit with the smell of the raspberry and your taste buds get to enjoy nice chocolate flavour. I think we might have to add more matés to our tea cupboard; this tea is just utterly delicious and has me wanting more. The flavours are so soft and inviting. I’m kind of left speechless with this one…I hope that’s not the stimulant kicking in… 8/10.
Chocolate Rocket could replace your coffee any day [Brooke: just don’t drink liters of the stuff!]; with its sweet hit of raspberry and chocolate, this one will have you traveling to the moon and back. And we definitely recommend the trip.
Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke