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Category of Tea: Black
Tea Company: TeaFrog (website)
Ingredients: Black Tea, Broken Cocoa Bits, Chocolate Chips.
Vendor Suggested Preparation: Boiling water, 3-4 minute steep.
In previous reviews, I’ve made it no secret that I am a chocoholic, some stressful weeks more than others. Betty Crocker Double Fudge frosting eaten straight out of the tub with a spoon soothes a myriad of mental and emotional ailments.
And if you’re having a similar “make-it-all-better-I-need-sweets” spells, and you’ve gnarfed every speck of chocolate in the house and are still about to gnaw your arm off, this lovely flavored blend from TeaFrog is the next best thing.
As I’m playing “Where’s Waldo?” with the little zip-lock bag sample, I’m seeing nice large tea leaves, the cocoa bits, and cocoa-dusted mini-chips, enough for 2-3 per teaspoon. If you close your eyes and did a side-by-side sniff test with Chocolate and Cream and a box of devil’s food cake mix, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any differences.
Steeped and sipped straight up, the cocoa flavor backs off a little; but it’s a gorgeously creamy, cookie-pastry taste treat. It’s just fine on its own, and a little milk and sugar just increase the cakey goodness.
Highly recommended as an alternative to (or an accompaniment for) a large box of Russell Stover candy.
You can purchase TeaFrog Chocolate and Cream Flavoured Black directly from their website.
Tea Company: Golden Moon Tea (website)
Ingredients: High Quality Black Tea, Bergamot and Lavender
Vendor Suggested Preparation: One small spoon of leaves, 3-5 minutes in freshly boiled water.
I’ve had a long and pleasurable relationship with Earl Grey so I was excited to taste this tea. I opened the package and was initially enchanted by the aroma. As I waited for the tea to cool, I looked at Golden Moon’s very attractive web site and learned that their Tippy Earl Grey is a : ”High-quality black tea with subtle essences of bergamot and lavender.” What fun! I knew that the bergamot with its citrusy aroma was present and accounted for most nicely but the lavender was the delightful surprise here. The floral, slightly spicy, aromatic scent of the lavender added a delightful supporting role to the bergamot which should always be the star of Earl Grey.
The brew was an excellent Earl Grey and the select leaves and the flavoring made it a distinctive cup. I realized how many Earl Grey teas I have sampled that only hinted slightly at the flavor. Golden Moon always makes an effort to provide a much higher than standard experience and they did not fail here. The lavender does not overwhelm the taste and aroma but does seem to make the bergamot a stronger, more distinctive presence than occurs in many other Earl Greys. If you are shopping for a special Earl Grey treat, I recommend this. I don’t know if this would be everyone’s choice for a daily Earl Grey to keep in stock always, but if you love the bergamot and want it strong and sturdy, then this might be the very best choice for you.
Congratulations to Golden Moon for getting the right assemblage of leaves and flavors together to make a delightful tea worthy of its title: Tippy Earl Grey.
You can purchase the Tippy Earl Grey directly from the Golden Moon Tea website.