Friday, February 22, 2013
Art of Tea Chocolate Monkey
Leaf Appearance: reddish brown, needle-like
Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade South African Rooibos, Organic South African Honeybush, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Apple Bits, Organic Banana Bits, Organic Pink Peppercorn, Chocolate Seeds, Natural Flavors
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: reddish brown
This tea was decadently delicious. I am usually not a fan of rooibos but the chocolate and banana accented it perfectly. It was well balanced and sweet without being overdone. I prefer my flavored teas to be a little more laid back and this one fit the bill. I was still able to taste the woodsiness of the rooibos and honeybush underneath. The pink peppercorns never seem to affect the flavor of tea but they certainly look great next to the deep red leaves. I've seen some banana blends fall flat and I think that the apple really helped maintain the fruity sweetness that was needed. This herbal blend is caffeine free and there was no astringency. It was an excellent desert tea that I can definitely see myself reaching for it after dinner. It might even satisfy my sweet tooth so that I don't indulge as much as I would otherwise.
You can find out more about this tea here.