Steep for 3-5 minutes, 208°F
For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
All tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. How the leaves of the plant are processed and their level of contact with oxygen determines the type of tea. The more processing the leaves go through, the darker the leaves become, resulting in a distinctive color and taste characteristic. There are four main varietals of tea: black, green, white, and oolong. Tea contains substances called flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidant polyphenols. Antioxidant polyphenols help protect the body's cells from damage due to harmful molecules called free radicals. Regardless of the processing method, black, green, white and oolong teas all contain polyphenols. In fact, tea ranks as high as or higher than many fruits and vegetables in the ORAC score, a score that measures antioxidant potential of plant-based foods. Black tea is a varietal of tea that has been cultivated for centuries. It is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties. During processing, the leaves are heavily oxidized and fermented Our black tea is made from fresh leaves, hand processed under high humidity to promote carefully crafted oxidation, and then oven-fired which turns the leaves a dark, coppery color to yield a superior complex and authoritative flavor. It has higher caffeine content and is stronger in flavor than the other tea varietals.
Average Customer Rating
Enjoyable, but I'm not going to crave it the way I crave plain ol' Darjeeling tea. Doesn't taste like soap! It's a very distinct mocha flavor finished with a sweet floral note. Definitely recommend for those who like chocolate flavors.
1/14/14 | Angela, Parkersburg, WV
On the Fence
I purchased the single steeps sampler (which I love being able to try loose teas this way!) When I opened the packet I smelled the roses immediately. The chocolate is a slight note behind it. I was hesitant to take a sip because the aroma of the roses is slightly overpowering. I will say it is an interesting cup of tea. If you like a floral tea than this is a tea for you. I feel like the chocolate flavor gets lost with the roses.
12/17/13 | Lynn, Upstate, NY
I taste deep, dark, creamy chocolate. I do not feel this is perfumey or soapy at all! I like the rich, desert- like flavor any time of day.
12/7/13 | Susan, Woburn, MA
Roses are lovely...
… but I wouldn't want to drink them! This unfortunate brew tastes like guest soap!
11/9/13 | ALANNA , Chicago, IL
The caffeine level in a cup of tea can vary by tea type, steeping practices and even the particular tea harvest. We use the following designations as guidelines for the caffeine levels of our teas:
Robust, high caffeine teas; 50-100mg
Lower caffeine teas with shorter steeping times; 30-50mg
Tea/herbal blends with less than 30mg
Decaf tea retains a tiny amount of caffeine
Herbal teas are 100% caffeine free
These steeping guidelines produce the best results for our palates. Use them as a guideline, but you may certainly experiment and find the best results for yours.