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Review: Adagio Chocolate Chai

 

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added to start, then milk and cinnamon honey

We’ve been on a bit of a chai kick lately, but can you blame us this time or year? Today we’re reviewing a spin on the traditional favorite, Chocolate Chai from Adagio Teas. In addition to all of the wonderful chai spices we’re used to, cocoa nibs are added to the blend. Like most chai teas, this teas is so pretty before steeping. As it steeps you can start to smell the chocolate blend with the chai spices and black tea. For me, the taste was just what I wanted it to be, spicy and strong with a hint of chocolate coming through. The only thing I didn’t love, was the texture – it was too thin. I added a touch of milk and some cinnamon infused honey. That did the trick and I ended up with the perfect cuppa!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Katie says:

Tea type: Loose leaf

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)

Steeped: 4 minutes

Served: With milk and honey

 I like my tea with milk and honey. Typically I like strong tea so I’m able to add lots of both. This tea would have gotten a 5 if it was a bit stronger. It was slightly weaker than I’d like but with a small splash of milk and a good squeeze of honey it was quite tasty. The honey enhanced the chocolate flavor for sure. If you like a strong tea add a little extra loose leaf then you would normally in the cup. Nice flavor, a bit like dessert for breakfast! This is a perfect fall and winter tea and I’ll be keeping some in my cabinet for the next few months.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

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Review: Adagio #HarryPotter Fandom Polyjuice Tea by Robert Pirlot

Abby’s Thoughts…

Tea type: Loose left
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

You wont get it from the name, so I’ll break it to you right away – this is a chai blend! I LOVE chai! I also LOVE all things Harry Potter! Soooo, yeah, I’m in love. This tea comes from the Adagio Harry Potter fandom sampler set I got from my husband awhile ago. The little tins the teas came in are just the cutest things.  With all this hype the tea better be good, right?

Don’t worry kids! It takes great! It isn’t strong and spicy like a typical chai tea, but it has plenty of flavor. The Polyjuice tea is a blend of black tea, rooibos tea, cinnamon, ginger root, cardamom, coconut, lemongrass, orange peel, cocoa nibs and vanilla. That’s a lot of stuff – just like the arduous potion in the Harry Potter books for which it’s named. This tea blends together for a light and sweet flavorful tea. Its fun to drink because all the different flavors shine in their own way. I love the addition of coconut and cocoa to the more traditional chai ingredients.

So give this brew a try if you love Harry Potter, if you love trying never versions of chai teas, and if you love the flavor of vanilla and coconut in tour tea!

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Recipe

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

If you’re anything like me, you are planning already looking ahead to planting a spring garden, though there may still be three feet of snow covering it at the moment. I’m currently trying to use up the frozen zucchini in my fridge to make room for the bounty of my sure-to-be amazing (read: weeds growing in every square inch) garden. The best way to do that is a double batch of chocolate chip zucchini bread, one for me and one to share!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Ingredients:

3 Cups – all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 large eggs

2 cups white sugar

1 Cups canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 Cups grated zucchini

3/4 Cups (generous) chocolate chips

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 5-9in. bread-loaf pans with butter.

2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and spices.

3. In large bowl beat eggs until fluffy, while continuing to blend add sugar until combined. Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini and chocolate chips. Stir in dry ingredients and pour into pans.

4. Bake for about 45 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

This recipe makes two loafs of bread, so keep that in mind prior to whipping this up. It make a great gift, or surely your office mates will love it!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Our Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread goes very well with tea. Obviously! We love pairing our recipes with tea. There are a few that we will think work well:

Marks and Spencer Everyday

Joseph Wesley Black Tea )6 Bai Lin Congfu

Tega Masala Chai Roobios

Steven Smith Teamaker Fez

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

 

Review: David’s Tea Chocolate Chili Chai

David's Chocolate Chili Chai

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 6 minutes
Served: Nothing added to start, then skim milk

Looking for something a little … different? Check this out.  A combination of black chai tea, chocolate, chilies and red peppercorns, this tea is unique. In my first few sips I could taste the sweet and spicy right away, the two flavors balancing each other. Chocolate teas can easily get too sweet, and chilies in tea I worry about it burning my face off, but this teas did neither of these things. At first you get the dry black tea and mild chai flavors with hints of cocoa, then right at the end you get a hint of spice.

To get a more “hot chocolate” taste and feel, as promoted by David’s tea, I added milk. This did make it somewhat creamy which I liked, but it muted the spice from the chili. For me this tea was more interesting without the milk added and for my next cup I will drink it black. It you are looking for a hot chocolate experience try a cream tea or just have some hot chocolate, but if you are looking for a tasty tea with hints of chocolate and spice give this one a try.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

David's Chocolate Chili Chai

Katie says:

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 6 minutes (this tea is OK to just leave in the cup)
Served: milk & honey

This tea is really different and very yummy. I find that chocolate teas can be very hit or miss. This is a hit! You can actually see little chocolate chips in the loose tea. The real chocolate gives this tea a much nicer flavor than teas that use fake chocolate flavoring. With milk & honey this tastes like tea with a splash of cocoa — very yummy! It’s kind of like a lower calorie mocha but with tea instead of coffee. To up the cocoa flavor I highly recommend adding a few more chocolate chips or chocolate shavings. This is a tasty treats for when you’re craving sweet & chocolate.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

TeBella Tea Company

TeBella Tea Co

On a recent trip to Tampa, FL I stopped at a terrific tea shop, TeBella Tea Company in Davis Islands. The main street that TeBella sits on is just the cutest thing. There are shops, bars and restaurants all of which are well maintained to give you a unique neighborhood feeling as you take it all in. We also stopped at Yeoman’s Road Pub for a pint, but that’s a story for another day. Now… more about the tea!

TeBella Tea Co

Look at all that tea! A dream come true. There were tons of beautiful teas to choose from and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the teas they had to offer. They were also very patient and let me see and smell many, MANY teas before I settled on my favorites. Thank you friendly tea folks!

Tea

One of the teas that I took home with me is their White Coconut Dulce (pictured above). A beautiful tea with bright white coconut shavings mixed it.  It smelled and looked amazing.  Hopefully you will find a review of it posted here soon. Spoiler alert: it was delicious.

Chocolates

They also had the gorgeous chocolate made by locally by William Dean Chocolates.  For some of these chocolates TeBella tea is used. Almost too lovely to eat, but not quite.

Chocolates

After drooling over the tea and chocolate offerings we finally made our selections. Opting for hot and iced teas. BTW, Tampa has wonky weather in February. Then we made out way into the pouring rain and quickly flooding streets, off to our next adventure in Tampa. Cheers!

Tea Cold and Hot

Review: The Spice & Tea Exchange Black Chocolate

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.5 of 5 tea leaves – a decent tasty tea!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

A classic dessert tea, Spice and Tea change Black Chocolate is a tasty treat. It is a blend of keemun tea and chocolate essence.  I’m not sure what chocolate essence is, but it tastes good. The keemun provides a base of light sweet, earthy black tea flavor with hints of smoke. The chocolate flavor adds another dimension to the cup. Put it all together and you have a chocolate tea that doesn’t just taste like chocolate. Easy to make and easy to drink, it makes for a quick snack to satisfy a tea lover’s sweet tooth.

If you like black tea blends on the sweet side and you aren’t too scrupulous about the ingredients in your tea, this tea could be a good choice! I enjoyed trying it and you may too.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: A touch if honey & coconut milk creamer

If hot chocolate & tea got married and had a baby it would be this tea. With strong notes of both tea & chocolate this tea has a really overall flavor. I wanted to know what gave it such a delicious chocolate taste but the ingredients just say “chocolate favoring.” For this reason I suspect there to be artificial chocolate flavor which is the reason I’m giving this tea a 3 instead if a 4. Still very tasty, but I like tea companies who give a less vague ingredient list. This would be a great choice for a hot cocoa lover on a diet! Also, coconut milk creamer has just a slight coconut taste but it was quite good with this tea!

Taste: 3 of 5 tea leaves – a decent tasty tea!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Check out another dessert tea form spice & tea here:
https://delecteable.com/2013/06/14/review-the-spice-tea-exchange-hazelnut-cookie-tea/

Review: Stash Christmas in Paris

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Happy holidays everyone!

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.75 of 5 leaves – a decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: With milk & honey

It is Christmas Eve and I’m drinking a cup a Stash Christmas in Paris tea with my Dad. (He likes it too) As usual, I’m writing my blog post at the last minute! (Love ya Abby)  This is my favorite of the holiday teas that Stash sent us. The tastes of mint lavender & chocolate go well together with some chocolate candy. I have to say, the vanilla flyavor is so mild you might miss it! I’m using a coconut milk creamer, and that adds a nice flavor as well.

My favorite part about this tea is the cool feeling of the mint mixed with the warmth. Very refreshing! The lavender makes it unique. Perhaps I’ve found a new Christmas Eve tradition? Merry Chistmas to our wonderful readers and gratitude to the awesome companies who’ve sent us tea throughout the year!

Taste: 4 of 4 leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing to start then added milk & honey

Nothing compares to a hot cuppa and freshly baked christmas cookies on a cold winter evening. Baking, and the of course eating, Christmas cookies is one of my favorite holiday traditions.  This year my husband (the true baker in the family) and I made traditional sugar cookies, snickerdoodles and Hershey’s kiss cookies. Serious yum!

This year I ate a few of these fresh-out-of-the oven beauties and sipped on a nice hot cup of Stash Christmas in Paris tea. This tea combines two classic flavors, peppermint and chocolate in a light caffeine-free package!  To round out the flavors, lavender and vanilla extract are also added.  Though I couldn’t identify them on their own, they added a little complexity to the overall taste. This sweet and minty blend goes so well with well with the seasons sweets, but had enough body that it is worth drinking by itself too! Adding milk and honey helped bring out the sweetness and made it all the more comforting and cozy, as an evening tea should be.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Review: Harney & Sons SOHO

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.9 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

We have already posted about Katie’s sampling tea from our trip to Harney & Sons in Manhattan this past spring and now we are going to talk about mine! When I saw that they had created a special blend to celebrate the opening of the store we were standing it at the time, how could I have chosen anything else? The wonderful aroma of black tea, chocolate, vanilla, coconut and amaranth flower petals didn’t hurt either. The bright pink petals give striking contrast to the rich black tea. The blend creates an interesting and complex scent and as the tea steeps it changes slightly so that the different elements shine.

The flavor is nice too. It isn’t too sweet, which is my favorite part. Sometimes with blends like this the sweetness can overwhelm the tea. Not so, for this tea. There is a hint of sweetness but you are still clearly drinking tea! Instead of the tea flavor getting lost, it adds balance to the other sweet ingredients. Tea with hints of chocolate, coconut and vanilla from one of our favorite tea makers? Delicious! This very tasty tea is certainly worth a try if you are looking for something a little different.

Taste: 4.75 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

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Katie says:

Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Sometimes I buy things because they are pretty. I can admit that! As a commercial photographer, I’ve decided that gives me a free pass to be influenced by beautiful products, photos & packaging. Abby and I sampled this tea, along with many others, at Harney & Sons in SOHO so I knew it was beautiful inside that gorgeous tin. With flower petals mixed in this is one of the prettiest teas that I’ve ever seen! How could you not love the little pink petals inside? Seriously. LOVE!

Oh, by the way, it tastes great too. This a black tea with hints of chocolate & coconut. I like that it is still a black tea and gives you a caffeine boost. The chocolate and coconut flavors are present but not overpowering. I like tea that tastes like traditional black tea. This doesn’t taste like an herbal tea; you get the richness of black tea accented with some wonderful flavors. And it’s pretty & pink. Bonus!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

Since this is Harney & Son’s SOHO store namesake tea, we’re thinking about our friends in NYC today. We hope that you are all safe & sound and weathering the storm. From the photos that we’re seeing up here in ME & MA it must be a crazy few days in New York City! We’re hoping for the best and that life in the city will return to normal sooner rather than later. Be safe everyone!

Review: Deckan Tea Craigmore English Breakfast

Deckan Tea was kind enough to send us samples of this tea to review.* Thank you!

Overall Rating

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes for the first cup, as recommended then 5 minutes for the second cup
Served: Nothing added

On a busy day with lots to check off the “To Do” list a little boost from a flavorful black tea is just what I need. The Craigmore English Breakfast tea from Deckan Tea is that classic blend that helps you get moving! I found it to be rich in flavor, yet smooth and easy to drink. Commonly, milk and a touch of sweetener is added to this famous blend, but I tend to have my tea with nothing added. I know, boring, right? In this case, that taste was spot on and I didn’t feel the need to add anything.

Everyone takes their tea differently, so go ahead and play with your tea until you find the combination you like! For example, the first time I tried this tea I followed the instructions and steeped it for 3 minutes. It was good and tasty, but didn’t quite have the punch I was looking for. So, I the next time around I steeped it for 5 minutes and it was just right! Give this one a try if you like those classic big flavors of black tea.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 tea leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

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Katie says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: tried with just milk first then with milk & sugar

One thing that makes Abby & me very happy is a note in our inbox about a new tea to try. So, when Deckan Tea asked if we’d like to try their English Breakfast tea we were thrilled! Upon opening the bag I found nice-sized leaves (see my photo above). In my experience the more tea looks like leaves, and not the “dust” you find in cheap tea bags, the better it tastes.

This is an interesting tea and I enjoyed it very much. The tea is milder in flavor, but has a very nice classic English Breakfast taste. I did take Abby’s recommendation on a longer stepping time and found that to be just right. Isn’t it nice for me that she always tries teas first? 😉

This is a delicious choice for a mild black tea. However, don’t be fooled about the mild flavor. I found that this tea will hold up to a second steep! Although the 2nd time around I recommend just leaving the tea in the cup. It doesn’t turn bitter so it’s perfect for me to leave steeping at work while I run around getting things done. No need to time the 2nd steep — easy! And easy is good.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas as the ones we purchase. If we get a sample that we don’t like we won’t include it on our blog.

Review: Republic of Tea Coconut Cocoa

Overall Rating

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!:

Abby says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Over the weekend Katie’s mom gave us this tea to sample – thank you Katie’s mom!

As it was steeping the heavenly sent of cocoa and sweet coconut drifted into the air – yum! The subtly sweet coconut and cocoa taste match the aroma to a tee. The flavor isn’t just sweet though, it has more complexity to it. I find there is a hearty undertone that balances the sweet. To me, the savory side has a rye bread aspect to it, but in good way. That may sound wierd, but it really is good. Teas that are just sweet loose my interest after a few sips, but this one is has more to it. There is a satisfying quality that I just love. After one cup I have already decided that I must, must have this tea in my cupboard.

Anyone can enjoy this coconut and cocoa herbal blend and because of the low level of caffeine it can be had any time of day! Probably best for people who like a little sweetness – it is a great dessert tea for any time of day. If you give it a try, you wont be disappointed. I’ve already put it on my shopping list!

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!

Katie says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: left the tea bag in the cup
Served: milk & agave nectar

Yum. This tea with milk & a bit of sweet is like a light version of cocoa. It’s perfect for my fuzzy medicine head. I have a sinus infection…boo! So, in light of that I’ll keep this review short & sweet like this tea. The coconut flavor is very unique so this is a great tea to bring out and share with others because most people won’t have had anything like it before. Like Abby said, thanks mom for sharing it with us! 🙂

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – this tea is easy to make!