Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Chocolatea’s – Original Cacao. I recently reviewed their Cacao and Ginger and really enjoyed it, so I’ve been really excited to try something else from them. This time around it’s just cacao without any other additions. I’m a huge lover of cacao and it’s many uses so going into this tasting session I was eager to see what the quality was going to be light and too see how it took to being prepared a number of different ways. While I enjoyed their Ginger & Cacao blend I was also excited to see what the cacao used in it tasted like on it’s own.
Here’s what Chocolatea Co have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Chocolatea in its beautiful simplicity. The husk, dust and nibs of the finest organic cacao beans infuse to create a chocolate experience like no other.Each sip is smooth and delicate, reminiscent of dark chocolate but without the bitterness and sugar. Cacao’s unique health-enhancing properties make this the perfect brew to calm your mind and lift your spirit. Sugar-free and 99.5% caffeine free. Great as post-lunch pick-me-up or as a nighttime treat.”
Ingredients: Organic cacao husk, dust & nibs
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session (over a few days) I tried this tisane a number of ways: on it’s own steeped hot, with just honey added (hot), with milk and honey added (hot) and as an iced latte. out of them all I enjoyed this the most with just honey added (hot) and as an iced latte. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it on it’s own because I did, in fact I would even go as far as to say it’s probably one of the only cacao tisanes I’ve ever enjoyed on it’s own. Because it uses husks, dust and nibs mean it is much more well rounded, silky smooth and chocolatey and much better than a most of the husk only bitter and bland cacao tisanes I’ve had in the past.
I simply just prefer my cacao tisanes with a little bit more sweetness behind them, for the cup I had of this with honey I only added in a teaspoon of honey and it worked perfectly to give this less of a dark chocolate note and more of a milk chocolate note. It stopped there from being even a smidge of bitterness to this and just make it so much easier for me personally to drink. However if you are not a fan of adding in sweetener to your cacao blends I do think you would still be able to enjoy this. I’m yet to try it iced on it’s own or iced just with honey but something tells me it would work and probably end up being just as delicious as it is hot.
The reason I decided to try adding milk into this is because like I said I love transforming it into what is especially a cup of milk chocolate. It takes milk well but I recommend steeping it for at least 8-10 minutes if you are going to add in milk and when you do you really don’t need a lot of it. It just amplifies that creamy note and makes this into much more of an indulgent night time treat especially when you have it hot. When it comes to making an iced latte with this I recommend using double the amount you would use for a normal cup and then steep it concentrated to make sure it will stand up to being watered won’t by the ice and the amount of milk that you add. Once you get that balance right though it makes for a great replacement for chocolate milkshake that is much better for you.
This is definitely one I will buy again in the future because I can think of so many great ways I’ll be able experiment with it in different recipes. This will be something I see myself reaching for a lot as a replacement chocolate while I’m trying to cut down on eating it.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Chocolatea Co and purchase some of this tisane to try for yourself, you can do both here. As always either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instragam @teaisaawishblog and I’ll do my best to answer them all as soon as possible.
*The tisane featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*