Adagio Teas : Chocolate Flavored
Black Tea Review
It Smells Like Chocolate...But Doesn't
Taste Like It
Summary : Looking for a real chocolate tea...you
know, a tea that actually tastes like chocolate. If so, well...keep looking.
As you won't find it in this tea from
Review : Tea and chocolate are just meant to go together.
After all, what other combination can you cure your sweet-tooth while
at the same time avoiding the calories of chocolate candy, chocolate
milk and other chocolate creations. Unfortunately, if you are like me...actually
finding a tea that really does taste like chocolate can be a fruitless
undertaking at times - as all too many teas claim to have a chocolate
flavor but, once brewed, have a taste that can be of anything except
And so it was that I found myself in a "chocolate mood" one
late night. So I dug through my teas and pulled out a flavored black
that said, quite simply, Chocolate. So...who could argue with that. Thus,
I popped the top and gave this tea a try.
Here is how
Adagio Teas describes this tea on their website : "While the greatest chocolates
may come from Switzerland, the best chocolate tea undoubtedly comes from
Adagio. And we guarantee that you won't choose to remain neutral. This
decadent treat infuses the flavor of rich chocolate with the bright,
full taste of Ceylon black tea. A rich sugar-free treat, delectable both
hot and cold."
Now admittedly, I committed the cardinal sin of tea tasting with this
tea. I formed a judgment about this tea based purely on its aroma...which
in this case was very good. This tea out of the tin has a wonderful
chocolate aroma about it. Thus, I lept before I looked and just assumed
that this tea would indeed have a chocolate flavor once fully brewed.
Well, I guess I got what I deserved....which is another disappointing
tea in the "chocolate tea" category. While this tea had a strong chocolate
aroma before it was brewed, and even had a nice chocolate aroma during
the brewing process....the chcolate flavor mysteriously vanishes after
the tea has been fully brewed.
Indeed, once brewed, this tea really doesn't taste much different
than other straight black teas I've tried. And really...I should have
expected this. Other "chocolate flavored black teas" I've
tried have had exactly the same thing happen...a chocolate aroma whose
chocolate flavor completely disappears
once brewed. I suspect this happens due to the very powerful and not
entirely pleasant flavor of loose-leaf black tea...the black tea flavor
simply overwhelms any chocolate flavor that happens to be there.
Thus, tucking my tail in-between my legs, this tea was needless to
say quite a disappointment. Happily, if you want a REAL chocolate tea...you
know, a tea that actually HAS a chocolate flavor, I do have a suggestion
for you. Try Adagio
Teas Cocomint Green Tea...you'll get a wonderful
chocolate flavor with that green tea, unlike this rather less than
desireable chocolate black tea.
Recommendation : No. This tea is all too typical of
other chocolate flavored black teas I've tried. The tea has a nice
chocolate aroma before and even during the brewing process. But...once
brewed...for all intensive purposes, the tea tastes like a strange
flavored black tea. And the flavor of chocolate is mysteriously absent.
For a good chocolate tea...try Adagio
Teas Cocomint Green Tea.
Tea Information and Brewing Instructions
- Tea Reviewed : Chocolate Flavored Black
- Manufacturer :
- Available from :
- Type of Tea : Flavored Tea
- Leaf Type : Loose Leaf Tea
- Date of Review : January 19th, 2006
- Tea Rating :
- Brewing Instructions : Place 1 teaspoon of
loose leaf tea in an infuser. Boil 1 cup (5.5 ounces) of water.
Pour water over the tea and wait 5 minutes.
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