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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 Adagio Teas.

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 for chocolate!

Chocolate  Flavored Black Tea Leaves

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 tea from Adagio Teas 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 Tea
  • Manufacturer : Adagio Teas
  • Available from : Adagio Teas
  • 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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