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Adagio Teas : Chocolate Chip Flavored Tea Review
A Decent But Underwhelming Flavored Tea
Summary : I was hoping for a liquid replacement for a chocolate chip cookie. But all I got was a smooth and pleasant black tea with barely a hint of any chocolate whatsoever.
Review : Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies? Or my favorite, Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. But alas, that's where the problem comes in, as a love of chocolate chip cookies is the end of any hopes of keeping a slim waistline.
As such, during my last order with Adagio Teas an intriguing flavored black tea called Chocolate Chip caught my attention. Hoping that I had discovered my new liquid chocolate chip replacement, I instantly ordered the tea and eagerly waited to give the tea a try.
Here is how Adagio Teas describes this tea on their website : "Dark chocolate chips melt into the infusion of this Ceylon black tea to create the ultimate coupling of two taste bud tantalizers. Dense and soft chocolate flavor - seriously, for a second you think you're just eating a bag of cookies! Clean, slightly tangy finish brings you back to tea, and the balanced astringency compliments the dark chocolate nicely."
The Chocolate Chip flavored black tea from Adagio Teas contains the following ingredients : black tea, natural chocolate flavor, dark chocolate.
Once I opened up the foil pouch the tea arrived in, I'll admit, I was hopeful that this tea might indeed meet my admittedly stringent requirements to be a "chocolate" replacement in a tea. The aroma of the tea definitely had a strong chocolate fragrance, far stronger than some of the other chocolate teas I've reviewed the past week.
Yet, once again, my hopes were dashed when reality rudely intervened as the teas fragrance in no way matched the teas flavor.
Once brewed, since the tea is a black tea with quality leaves has a pretty coppery color - just as any good black tea should. Unfortunately, the color of the tea precisely matches the flavor in that there's virtually little chocolate flavor whatsoever. Once again, as is so often the case with flavored black teas, the powerful flavor of the black tea simply overwhelms whatever infusions have been added. And in this case, that infusion was the chocolate flavor I so desperately sought but once again failed to find.
Overall, for the third time in a row I've been disappointed in various chocolate teas that have promised many wonderful chocolate adventures but, in the end, provide nothing but a decent and forgettable tea.
Recommendation : Yes and No. For a black tea, this tea is quite good. Indeed, my thought about this tea is that it could make for a good "introductory black tea." It's a very smooth tea, with little bitterness (or astringency, as Adagio likes to say). However, for a tea called a Chocolate Chip tea, this tea fails to live up to its billing, as there is virtually no flavor of chocolate at all. Thus, if you are searching for a chocolate chip cookie or chocolate chip ice cream replacement, keep looking, as you won't find it here.
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