When I bought this, I actually thought it was hot chocolate. It wasn’t until I got home that I saw the teapot on the front. And I thought I had examined it fairly carefully. At least I was right about the chocolate part.
So this tea turns out to be a World Market exclusive, as well as a limited edition. The box explains that its made based on the Mayan approach to their drinking chocolate, with mint added to the mix. Hence, the “spice.” The ingedients list black tea, peppermint, cinnamon, cardamom, chicory, cacao kernels, ginger, and coconut. Coconut? I guess it must have a purpose, random as it seems to me.
The fifty natural, unbleached tea bags give off a wonderful minty smell set in a black darkness. When my companions unanimously decided that this seemed like a tea to add sugar to, I added some to half my tea, purely for reviewing’s sake. Because, truthfully, I usually think sugar tastes bad in tea. I always drink it plain, so that’s just an odd flavor to me. Sure enough, the sugar in Cup A was a little too off base around the mint and the deepness of the various spices. Cup B, naturally, suited me much better, allowing simply the flavors of the tea itself to come out. The cinnamon and peppermint hit you first. The chocolate seems to be in there mostly as an aftertaste. But I really don’t think I would recognize it at all if it wasn’t in the name. Then, I was also expecting from that something more “spicy,” what with the story about the Mayans and all. There are nice, warm spices, but nothing spicy.
That said, it’s a perfect cozy, curl-up-in-a-blanket kind of tea, even if a little misleading. Just not something to get if it’s a “chocolate tea” you’re wanting to try.