Hey there Teacups! I’m back together with another Let’t Talk Tea review and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Chocolatea Co’s – Cacao & Ginger blend. As you all know, my journey with chocolate teas and tisanes has been a bumpy one but so far on my journey cacao blends have always been a win for me, so when Chocolatea offered to send me their blends to try I had to say yes. Not only because I love cacao tisanes but because most companies never blend it with anything else and just sell it on its own so their blends really did intrigue me and I was excited to see what they had to offer. A few of my fellow tea friends and bloggers have tried out there blends and I had heard nothing but great things about them leading up to this collaboration.
Here’s what Chocolatea have to say about this blend over on their website: “Smooth, dark chocolate with warm, zesty notes of ginger. The husk, dust and nibs of the finest organic cacao beans are combined with dried ginger to create a chocolate experience like no other.”
Ingredients: Organic cacao husk, dust & nibs, dried root ginger
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend three ways: On it’s own (hot), with just honey added (hot) and with both honey and milk added (hot). Out of them all my favourite ways to have this blend are with either just honey added or with both honey and milk added. Don’t get me wrong it was nice on it’s own and was very well balanced in terms of the chocolate notes and the ginger but the chocolate notes without the added sweetness of the honey gives leans more towards a dark chocolate like note than a milk chocolate not and as I’m sure you all know by now I prefer milk chocolate.
Once I added in just one teaspoon of honey this blend became perfect for me. The added sweetness lifts everything not only making the chocolate notes seem richer and sweeter but also amplifying the spiciness of the ginger because the dark chocolate like note of the cacao were clearly stopping it from being able to come through. It’snot a very rich blend and is quite light but it works and the silky smooth mouthfeel is to die for.
Adding in milk added a nice creamy note which just seemed the amplify the overall milk chocolate feel of this blend and take that silky smooth mouthfeel to the next level. It makes this blend feel just that little bit more indulgent and surprisingly doesn’t overpower the ginger at all. I’ll be honest I really was expecting the addition of milk to drown out that ginger element but it doesn’t waiver at all. Without milk and just the addition of a smidgen of honey this is a great blend to have if you are wanting something sweet but not too heavy as you are winding down for the day. With the addition of the milk is an indulgent cup that would be perfect for an after dinner treat and that I love the slight spicy kick towards the back of the mouth from the cinnamon.
I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this as much as I did as I thought the ginger would be too much for me but it’s honestly delicious and the two elements really pair brilliantly. I would purchase this again in the future as it’s nice to have a cacao blend with other elements in my collection. I’ve only ever had cacao on it’s own in my collection which is nice but sometimes you just want to change things up a little bit don’t you and this brings a bit of variety to my collection. If the other two blends I was sent are anywhere near as good as this I’m definitely in for a treat and blend made a very good first impression on behalf of Chocolatea Co. In this tasting session I didn’t get chance to try this iced but something tells me it would be fantastic as an iced latte so I’m going to give that a try and I also have an recipe idea that this blend would be perfect for so keep your eyes on my Instagram for that.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Chocolatea Co and purchase some of this delicious blend for 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 do my best to answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tisane 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*