Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing the Lewisham Tea Company’s – Chocolate Spice blend. Lewisham Tea Co very kindly sent me three of their blends to try and since you all know just how much of a love / hate relationship I have with chocolate blends I had to try this one first to see whether or not it was going to be a hit or miss blend. As you all know when it comes to chocolate blends there is no in between and they can be hard for companies to get completely right.Here’s what The Lewisham Tea Company have to say about this blend over on their website: ”A full-bodied chocolate tea blend, fused with barley malt, roasted chicory root, ginger bits and black pepper. Cocoa has been shown to increase serotonin and dopamine levels, effectively combating bad vibes and irritation. Basically, this tea will make you feel happy!”
Ingredients: Assam tea, cocoa, barley malt, roasted chicory root, ginger, cardamom, black pepper
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this tea three ways: On it’s own (hot), with honey (hot), and as latte (hot). going into this tasting session I definitely thought that I would enjoy this tea the most with milk and honey and while it was nice prepared that way, my favourite way to have this is actually without milk and just the addition of around half a teaspoon of honey. Is this the best chocolate tea I have ever had? No it’s not, but it’s still tasty and I love the addition of the cardamom and the barley malt. Cardamom and chocolate is one of my favourite combinations in tea blends ever and I don’t think there has ever been a tea that has combined those two that I haven’t really enjoyed drinking.
But the addition of the barley malt added some really interesting notes to this blend. It tastes sweet and nutty, but also adds a very nice toast like note and subtle caramel notes as well. Going into this I wasn’t expecting it to add much; honestly so I was very shocked to see just how much it did bring to the table. the chicory was quite subtle but still noticeable which I was honestly quite happy about as it’s not one of my favourites and I was worried it was going to take over this blend.
The cocoa adds a nice chocolate note which is more milk chocolate than I thought it was going to be, though I do wish I was a lot stronger and there was a smidgen more cardamom as well. I couldn’t really pick out the ginger amongst everything else and the same goes for the black pepper, so on the spice front this could definitely do with a little bit of work in that area. The addition of just a little honey makes this instantly more indulgent because you link that sweetness to what you are use to from chocolate so it works. The addition of milk however does overpower the already subtle spices and takes away some of the amazing notes that the barley note provides so I wouldn’t recommend having it with milk.
Overall I enjoyed drinking this and I have already finished the bag I was sent however it doesn’t bring to the table everything it promises with it name and ingredients list which was a little bit disappointing. It’s at a really good starting point but there a just a few things about it that could do with a little bit of a tweak as it sort of feels unfinished. For a blend named chocolate spices this did not provide enough spice for me and if it were to ever be reformulated I would consider purchasing some to try again but despite the fact that I enjoyed drinking this blend it is not one I would rush to repurchase.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4/5
If you want to find out more about The Lewisham Tea Company and purchase some of this blend to try yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*