Ages ago I picked up a small amount of Devil’s Chocolate from Teaopia, a rooibos tea with cacao nibs, ginger, cloves, and red pepper. The tea is intended to be a rich chocolate flavour for chocolate lovers, but I was disappointed in the tea as a chocolate tea. The tea is tasty, but not really the chocolate flavour that I was hoping for.
Dry, the tea is mostly spicy, warm, hot… There’s also a slight bitterness to the scent which I didn’t care for, but I was so curious to try the tea that I went for it anyways.
When steeped, the tea has that same spicy scent – the ginger really comes through, along with the pepper. The taste is similar, though the bitterness isn’t there. The tea is pretty bland without sweetener, but once I added it the chocolate taste comes out just slightly, though I would still say that the ginger and pepper tastes are much stronger. I added some milk to mellow it out, however found that it wasn’t needed; it didn’t change the taste that much.
I did a search for other bloggers reviewing this tea, and I couldn’t find anything – so leave me your thoughts in the comments if you’ve tried Devil’s Chocolate! Of course, Teaopia has now been bought out by Teavana, so it’s not available anymore. I did notice that The Banff Tea Company had a spicy chocolate tea in stock the last time I visited… though I resisted the urge to buy… more tea!