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Bencheley Chocolate Mint Flavored Black Tea Review
A Disappointing Chocolate Mint Tea
Summary : This tea has a very tantalizing aroma of chocolate and mint, but falls flat in the taste department with very little chocolate or mint flavor surviving in the brewed product.
Review : I love chocolate. And I love mint. And as such I consider the marriage of chocolate and mint to be essentially a gift from heaven in a tea...and will try any tea that says chocolate mint on the box. Sadly...I've frequently been disappointed, especially in the chocolate mint flavored black teas of the world.
Yet, like a well-trained Pavlov dog, simply ring the chocolate and mint bell and I'll come running...regardless of the consequences...always hoping that the tea I'm about to try will truly be different.
And in this case, I really did have my hopes up a bit. The tea I tried this evening was a tea from Bencheley Teas...a tea I never heard about until I came across it in a health food store while visiting my mother back in Wisconsin. It certainy was expensive enough...so figured it must be a premium tea of some kind.
Shows you what I know.....
Bencheley Teas are produced by the First Colony Coffee & Tea Company of Norfolk, Virginia. They are difficult to get both online and offline. But where you can find them online, they sell for around $3 for a container of 25 tea bags. I felt really stupid when I discovered this...as I had spent $9 for the tea at the health food store...who says grocery stores don't have any markup???
In any event, my stupidity aside, I was looking forward to trying this tea. Mainly...not just because the label teased me with its chocolate mint name, but the tea had a very nice aroma too. True...it wasn't quite as strong as the good chocolate mint teas I've had before. But the tea was no "wimp" in the fragrance department either.
Yet, while the tea had a very pleasant aroma of chocolate and mint before brewed...once brewed...the tea tasted like all too many other chocolate mint flavored black teas I've tried. In other words, once brewed, this tea has a strong flavor of black tea...with a nearly non-existent flavor of mint and only a very subdued flavor of chocolate. In short...a true "after-dinner" tea of chocolate and mint this tea is most definitely NOT.
All in all...I feel pretty stupid. I bought a vastly overpriced tea from a health food store, figuring it would be good due to its high price. And all I got for it was a less than memorable tea tasting experience...with the remaining 24 tea bags dumped into the trash can. I wonder if V. Richards in Brookfield, WI takes back overpriced tea containers that have only been used once???
Recommendation : No. If you are looking for a tea with a good and strong flavor of chocolate and mint, well...you won't find it here. Indeed, you will rarely find in in a black tea. Instead...try a rooibos tea for good chocolate mint teas.
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