100g Dark Chocolate Flavoured Black Tea
Memories of ˜when nobody is around". Deep and rich with astringency. Delicious with strawberry jam sandwiches.
Luxury Ingredients: Black tea, Mallow + Amaranth petals, Natural flavors.
Small Batch Blended and Packed in: Canada
Tea(s) From: Sri Lanka / Kenya / India / China / Albania
Region(s): Nuwara Eliya + Dimbula + Uva / Nandi Highlands / Nilgiri / Fujian + Yunnan / Tirana
Antioxidant Level: High
Caffeine Content: Medium
By now, most of us have heard of Casanova, the prototypical Latin lover who with wild abandon, ran rampant through the bedrooms of 18th century Venice. But.how many of us know that his adventures were fueled not by lust, but by chocolate? Well, it's true. Back in those days, a thick, rich drink made from dark chocolate was the beverage of choice at cafés throughout Italy's finer districts. Casanova himself referred to chocolate as his "Elixir of Love" and considered it an essential component of his love-making prowess.
Is there any truth to Casanova's conjecture? Perhaps. Maybe Casanova's belief that he was a "god" in the art of seduction, stemmed from the scientific name of cacao self. In 1753, (When Casanova would have been 28 years of age), Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy designated the Cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, which translates literally as, "cacao, food of the gods". With this in mind, it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that ol' Casanova may have taken that meaning to heart!
Elixir of Love.Food of the Gods.here at Metropolitan Tea such hyperbole points only to one thing - tea. We've crafted this Dark Chocolate blend to capture all the flavor, excitement and high spirits of a Venetian love affair in a single cup. Brew a pot today and experience the rich chocolaty depths, soft astringent notes and a round full body that is sure to get your engine purring.
What type of tea do we use, how do we flavor the tea and why do we use natural flavors? Firstly... we only use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown districts produce flavorful teas that have classic 'Ceylon' tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of mild astringency, bright coppery color and, most importantly - perfect for use as the base tea of our flavored teas. (We have tested teas from various other origins around the world as base stock for our flavored teas, but none of these teas made the grade.) Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. This 'dual peak period' allow us to buy the best for our flavored tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness. Secondly... we use flavoring oils not crystals to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in a liquid tea treat. Thirdly. we specify natural flavors. High quality tea tastes good and natural flavors do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavored tea is to use overpowering artificial flavors, which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavors do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat 'soft ' and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas.