Today it’s a double review with my Mom, Lorie making a guest appearance and Brooke’s Mom and Dad, Cathy and Stewart, adding their thoughts in too. And with Brooke and I reviewing the tea at different times, things are getting a bit tricky with editing posts. Unbeknownst to me, I accidentally wrote over the post Brooke had written (oops!). Luckily, after some quick thinking on Brooke’s part and a few tense moments, the post was recovered. Thank goodness! So you should consider yourselves lucky that you get to enjoy the post that-almost-never-was…
Tea: Chocolate Orange
Description: So Happy Together
Some things are just meant to go together. Cups and saucers. Cream and sugar. Tea and cookies. And chocolate and orange. It’s a harmonious combo alright – rich, sweet and decadently dark. And this delicious pu’erh blend has it all: big chocolate chips to satisfy your dessert craving and zesty orange peel for a touch of fruitiness and spice. It’s the kind of thing you could get used to. Which is good, because you and this tea are totally made for each other.
Ingredients: Pu’erh tea, chocolate, orange peel, natural and artificial flavouring.
Steeping Preperation: 1.25 tsp, 98°C, 4-6 min
Cathy: Hmm, I guess I can smell the chocolate. I do not smell the orange but it smells very welcoming and comfortable.
Brooke: Yeah, for the first time the smell isn’t knocking me over. It’s very subtle. I wonder that means for the taste…
Back in Bolton:
Lorie: It smells like some sort of hand lotion.
Stacey: Oh shoot, I dropped some tea leaves on the floor.
Lorie: You better pick it up before Titan eats it.
Stacey: It looks like mouse poop.
Lorie: Don’t even go there Stacey!
Lorie: Oh, it has a smooth taste. But no chocolate yet. Or orange.
Stacey: …What does it taste like then?
Lorie: Okay, a tad bit of chocolate.
Stacey: It’s very dark in the cup…kind of looks like beer.
Lorie: Mine looks like coffee. But it doesn’t have an after-taste like coffee. It’s not very harsh on the palate at all.
Stacey: I taste more orange then chocolate. It almost has a tropical note to it…maybe that’s just the citrus.
Back in Halifax:
Brooke: Oh! I like the taste! The orange is peeeerfect in there.
Cathy: You taste the orange? It’s lost on me.
Stewart: Hm! It’s sweet.
Cathy: Do you throw a fit?
Stewart: No, a cow.
Brooke: Parents, can we put down the crossword for a SECOND?
Cathy: It’s lighter, it’s not as satisfying as the others.
Stewart: What kind of tea is it?
Brooke: Pur’eh. It’s a dark tea from China.
Stewart: Hm, I like it! I like dark teas.
Cathy: And I don’t, I think that’s why I’m not as impressed.
Brooke: It’s too sweet for me, too chocolatey. I’m still full from my ice cream cake dessert, though…
Cathy: Where vaults can be seen… well…
Stewart: 4 down is wrong!
Brooke: Well this is going just peachy.
Lorie: This is a nice, mellow, smooth tea with just a hint of chocolate and an aftertaste of orange. It pairs well with being cozy inside while it’s freezing rain outside. It’s also a nice wind-down tea after a day of baking and christmas preparations. I enjoyed it very much. 4.5/5
Stacey: I recommend drinking this tea after it’s cooled down a bit. The chocolate flavour really comes through and mixes well with the orange. I don’t think it tastes like a chocolate orange but it’s still quite nice. Not too sweet either! A lovely tea to sip on with Christmas music playing in the background. 4.25/5
Stewart: I like this tea. I like the complexity of the fermented black leaves and the tones. I wondered if the flavour would change over time but for a small cup of tea, it’s just dandy! 3.5/5
Brooke: I think it’s just not what I was in the mood for after eating dessert. It IS a dessert, so the chocolate and orange were too much for me. If I was in a different mood, I bet I would really like it. 3/5
Well, that’s day 21 in the books! 3 more days to go people! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to review a tea with Brooke tomorrow, but apparently we are in for quite the ice storm. Newscasters are even comparing it to the ice storm of ’98, yikes! I better go wrap my Christmas presents while we still have power!
Until next tea,
Stacey (and Lorie) and Brooke (and Cathy and Stewart)