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Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes
Tea type: Rooibos
Scents, flavorings, etc.: dark roasted cacao, natural raspberry flavor, chocolate flavor
Aroma, dry: Cocoa, raspberry
Aroma in the cup, plain: Cocoa, raspberry
Taste, plain: Cocoa, raspberry
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A
2nd Infusion: Didn’t do since is bagged
Chilled: Didn’t do
Rooibos has been recognized for centuries as a healthful drink. Now, Kalahari is working to transition it into the mainstream as a healthier, caffeine-free alternative to sodas and real teas (made from the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis). Hubby and I approached the reviews from that standpoint.
This ChocoLatté Raspberry Truffle is part of their ChocoLatté collection. Made with rooibos, dark roasted cacao, natural raspberry flavor, and chocolate flavor, this is a tasty brew. We steeped it for 5 minutes per the directions on the package.
Chocolate and raspberry are a wonderful combination. Adding them to rooibos is sheer brilliance. Too bad it’s in a bag (they brazenly misname it as a sachet), not loose. Nevertheless, the aroma when you first pull the bag out of its wrapper is a chocolate/raspberry joy. The steeped liquid retained this aroma and carried it through to our tastebuds, totally dominating the rooibos flavor. The effect was a smooth, hot beverage. One down note was the overlingering of the cacao, but it’s a very minor point.
We deducted a half teapot for the organic nonsense (it just reduces acreage production and raises prices) and a half teapot for the company calling this a “tea” instead of an herbal infusion. Actually, hubby thinks that rooibos is special enough to deserve its own term. He suggests “rea” (pronounced “ray”).
Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.