There are very few things in life that are more delightful than chocolate. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find something I like more than chocolate. Right there in that same category with chocolate for me would be tea. So, when I find a chocolate tea, I sit up and I take notice.
Mighty Leaf offers a collection of teas which they call their Chocolate Truffle Teas, and this is one of the teas from that collection. When I first heard the title “Pear Caramel Truffle” I was immediately intrigued, because the combination of flavors sound so delicious, like something you’d find in a gourmet chocolate shop or a specialty desert served at a fine café.
Mighty Leaf describes this tea as:
Pear Caramel Truffle black tea is made with Washington state pears, blended with Ceylon and China black tea, sweet bits of caramel and chocolate chips. A Mighty Leaf signature blend, consider this luscious and rich tea the perfect after-dinner dessert tea or afternoon treat.
While I enjoyed the tea as a whole, it certainly is not as good as I had hoped. I must admit that the flavor is not what I had anticipated when I first opened the tin. The flavors of the Ceylon and Chinese black teas are the dominate components to the flavor profile, which softens the notes of the pear and the chocolate, which isn’t as pronounced as I would like it to be. The caramel finishes the flavor profile, and is difficult to discern until after you’ve had a sip and the tea has left your palate, leaving you with a caramelized finish.
The instructions on the tin suggest a four minute steep time, however, I have found that the tea has some bitterness to it when left to brew that long, so I would suggest a shorter brew time, I brewed the tea for 2 minutes, and this cut the bitterness significantly. Mighty leaf states that the teas used in this blend are Ceylon and Chinese black, although they do not discern which Chinese tea they have used in the blend, I suspect it is the Chinese tea presence that offers a slight malty aftertaste as well as the bitter bite to the over-brewed tea.