Origin: South Africa
Price: Sample (regular price - $9.95 for 15 pouches)
Vendor: Mighty Leaf
Brewing Method: 1 bag, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 200°F-205°F, steeped for 5 minutes
Overall Score: 4.0 out of 5
Chocolate Mint Truffle is rooibos infused with chocolate and mint. I could smell the mint as soon as I opened the package. The fruity aroma of the rooibos followed. I couldn’t really smell any of the chocolate, but mint is an aroma that normally over powers anything else that is with it. The tea bag is about half full (or half empty) with the blend. The mix has a brownish-red color to it because of the dark rooibos, but I can see some flecks of the green mint.
The chocolate aroma comes out while the tea is steeping. The fruity rooibos and the mint are still present, but the aromas of all the ingredients finally came together with the addition of hot water. The liquor is a very deep red color, but in a deep cup such as the one in the picture, the liquor looks brown.
The taste is overall very mellow. I taste the sweet, fruity rooibos first and then the aftertaste is the mint with the rest of the rooibos. The plus side is that this tea is rather sweet with no bitterness at all. The down side is that I really don’t taste the chocolate in this blend, which is kind of disappointing because I love chocolate as much as the next person. I am surprised at how much of the rooibos flavor I get compared to the mint. My mouth feels cool, but the mint is no where near overpowering.
By the time I reached the bottom of the cup, I was still missing the chocolate. Even though the idea of mixing two loves - tea and chocolate - seems fantastic… in reality, I’m not sure if they will ever go together in the way we hope. But, what is to stop us from trying, right?
Sunday, February 22, 2009