Monday, March 21, 2016
How About Some Chocolate Tea?
Last week I experimented with Maple Tea and thought I would shift focus to one company this week but multiple flavors. In preparing for this week's exploration of Eastern Shore Tea Co., I went to my local Wegmans Supermarket and picked up a couple of flavors I had never tried. The Starry Night Tea jumped off the shelf because of the illustration by Charles Constantine as a tribute to Van Gogh; once I read the description, it went in the cart.
Because I have enjoyed several other Eastern Shore Teas, I decided to try this brand first. The ingredients are black tea, chocolate, toffee, and hazelnut flavoring, and with the following description, "Starry Night tea is a delicious combination of chocolate truffle, toffee, and hazelnut teas making a perfect alternative to hot chocolate," I was looking forward to the experience. There was a lovely aroma of hazelnut, which is a domineering scent whenever it is used, with a bit of chocolate. The taste was lovely and the chocolate taste called for milk, which I added. Enjoyable but not chocolaty enough...4/5 on this one for me.
Later that evening I tried the caffeine free Chocolate Chai Herbal Red Tea from Zhena's Gypsy Tea.
I originally bought this tea for the convenience of trying several different flavors. The aroma was a mix of cinnamon and heady with cloves and a bit of chocolate. I loved the blend of flavors. The chocolate was not pronounced; I did not add milk and would give this a 4/5.
Finally, this evening I tried the Numi Organic Tea, Indulgent Tea Chocolate Spice.
Starry Night is a good black tea and will definitely be enjoyed again; the Chocolate Chai is a nice caffeine free option, but the Chocolate Spice is just a bit richer. Are any of them a substitute for hot chocolate? No, however, they are a lighter substitution. And after I hit the Publish button, the kettle will be brought to a boil for another mug of Numi Chocolate Spice.
And next week...I will sample several different flavors of tea from Eastern Shore Tea Company.