I don’t usually read the description/ingredients of a tea before I brew it and take my first couple of sips, mostly because I want to try to figure out a tea for myself before I read the company’s thoughts about the tea. However, after trying this one, I kind of wish I had read at least the ingredient list, because it not only has Oolong tea in it, but also Yerba Maté! And as it is a little later in the evening, I am now hoping that the Yerba Maté does not prove to be too stimulating and keep me up all night! I can usually handle an Oolong this time of night, but, I haven’t had Maté this late. I guess I’ll see how it goes, huh?
Anyway, I wasn’t too impressed with the name of this tea … the “chocolate decadence” is alright because if you’ve read many of my articles you’re probably already aware that I’m a chocoholic. But, it’s the “slimful” part of the name that sort of bugs me. I don’t really like it when tea companies attempt to embrace the “slimming” benefits of tea, I find it to be too gimmicky.
Teavana describes this tea blend as
Drawing inspiration from a decadent warm Hawaiian chocolate cake, this oolong blend is a luxurious mix of robust cacao, creamy toasted coconut, and ginger spice that satisfies even the strongest sweet tooth. Pink rose petals add romantic icing to this guilt-free treat enticing you to reach for seconds. Have your tea and eat it too! CONTAINS NUTS
But, I’m willing to forgive it, because aside from the name, this is a pretty decent tea. The chocolate flavor is rich and creamy, and I love the way the flavors meld together. I don’t taste much from the Yerba Mate except for a hint of earthy notes in the background, and these marry well with the chocolate tones, giving the chocolate a depth that I think the cup might lack if the Yerba Mate were missing.
I love the sweetness that the coconut brings to the cup, giving it just a little coconut flavor, but not a heavy coconut essence … just enough to bring a satisfying sweet and creamy touch to the overall taste. The licorice adds a little sweetness too. The one thing I don’t really like in this, though, is the carob. Normally, I don’t mind carob in my teas, but, here, it seems to affect the flavor of the chocolate and give it a “diet” sort of flavor, if that makes sense. You know how you can just tell when you’re eating something “low fat” … that’s what the carob does to this tea. And I want my chocolate to taste rich and decadent!
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable cup of tea. Not my favorite from Teavana, but it’s not bad either, and I certainly wouldn’t refuse another cup if it were offered to me … so long as it’s offered before 9 pm!