Chocolate Digestives

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Cardamom, Ceylon Black Tea, Cocoa Bean Shells, Cocoa Nibs, Fenugreek, Licorice, Natural Flavours
Flavors
Chocolate, Cookie, Sweet, Cardamon, Cocoa, Licorice, Milk, Graham, Smooth, Spices, Bitter, Caramel, Malt, Brown Sugar, Maple, Butter
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Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 11 oz / 323 ml

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  • “Solid chocolate biscuity flavor. Went ahead and got my hands on some McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives and, whaddaya know?, this captures the smell and taste.. To be clear, this isn’t a fine...” Read full tasting note
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  • “2021 sipdown no. 11 (another from Cameron) :) First of all, grateful to not taste any fenugreek. This is one of our bunnies favourite herbs and we have more than enough of this in the house — no...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sipdown (262) I remember chocolate digestives. It was the cookie my grandmother used to give us as a treat when we were kids so I was actually surprised when this tea did taste a little bit like...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Very pleasant aroma from the zip-bag, mostly cocoa plus milk chocolate and milk. A lot of mellow cocoa after steeping in the aroma, milk chocolate, chocolate chip cookies plus cardamom and licorice...” Read full tasting note
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From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

The Chocolate Digestive, king of biscuits. This classic British staple has been reimagined into a gorgeously smooth, velvety cuppa – best enjoyed with a biscuit dunked, of course.

Ingredients
Sri Lankan black tea, cocoa nibs, cocoa shells, fenugreek, liquorice, cardamom, natural flavouring.

Brew the perfect cup
1 teabag per cup – 100° water – 4+ mins – no milk

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19 Tasting Notes

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Solid chocolate biscuity flavor. Went ahead and got my hands on some McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives and, whaddaya know?, this captures the smell and taste.. To be clear, this isn’t a fine chocolate flavor, it’s a chocolate digestive flavor. And it nails it IMO. I have no idea how it gets the biscuity flavor — I guess that’s the “natural flavours” they list? Maybe woodland sprites? I dunno, but it’s there. Like others have mentioned, no fenugreek flavor (which wouldn’t be a dealbreaker for me, but it is what it is).
As for caffeine level, I’m not sure how strong it is. I’d gauge medium to high. Has made for a good afternoon cup when we’re tired of staring at the screens around 3 in the afternoon.
Makes for a nice afternoon cup of tea that’s in the rotation. I initially ordered a 50g pouch and liked it enough to order two more pouches. So it’s in our large rotation.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cookie, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 11 (another from Cameron) :)

First of all, grateful to not taste any fenugreek. This is one of our bunnies favourite herbs and we have more than enough of this in the house — no need to taste it in tea. :P

This one is okay. The chocolate is there, but not my favourite. The biscuit I’m not really getting, sadly. It’s not a bad cuppa, but I don’t need to order it myself.

Always happy to have had the opportunity to try it though! Thanks Cameron!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Martin Bednář

Mine was full of cookie flavour; maybe it’s need to be very very fresh?

Courtney

Perhaps that’s the case Martin!

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Sipdown (262)

I remember chocolate digestives. It was the cookie my grandmother used to give us as a treat when we were kids so I was actually surprised when this tea did taste a little bit like its namesake.

I was worried because of the fenugreek and liquorice but everything works together quite nicely.

I don’t know if I would really reach for this a lot so it is not something I am looking to restock right now but I would certainly happily drink another cup if it was offered. And I would have enjoyed more if I had it. Just right now my stash is so much that I think this would get lost in the mix…sorta like it did for the past year.

Courtney

I thought of this one when creating my B&B order, but because of the liquorice and fenugreek passed for this time. Good to know it seems to work!

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Very pleasant aroma from the zip-bag, mostly cocoa plus milk chocolate and milk.
A lot of mellow cocoa after steeping in the aroma, milk chocolate, chocolate chip cookies plus cardamom and licorice subtly in the background.
Very warming taste, with just the right amount of licorice (although I may be biased, because I had lived for 5 years in Denmark and I got used to that black spawn of hell, so it may be too much for the others), milk chocolate, mellowness.
Really nice autumn tea.

Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Cocoa, Cookie, Licorice, Milk

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Cameron B.

I find the licorice to be fine, but perhaps a little too much cardamom for me!

Martin Bednář

I was surprised how well those were/are executed in comparison between tea and real biscuits!

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I had tried cold brewing tea directly in milk once, and it ended very badly. Decided to give it another try using this tea. I used twice the amount of leaf that I would’ve used if I were brewing it with water, and left it steeping in the fridge in vanilla oat milk for at least 24 hours.

I feel the flavor still isn’t quite as strong as I’d prefer, but I am pleasantly surprised that I am getting a “biscuity” note from the tea. I really love McVities Dark Chocolate Digestive Biscuits, and while it isn’t particularly as chocolately as I’d like, I am actually tasting something (perhaps caused from the spices?) that is reminding me of that graham-like biscuit cookie. The milk smells very chocolately, and perhaps if I was using plain oat milk (which I never buy, as I like the sweetness from the vanilla kind!) it would’ve “popped” a little more. It is delightfully creamy and certainly easy to drink, but I plan to use it to make a chocolate raspberry smoothie.

Made as a plain cuppa, I’m surprised to find the milk actually wasn’t changing the flavor much for me. I’m still only getting a very mellow impression of chocolate, but a strong graham/biscuity note. There is a subtle cocoa presence to the flavor, but I’m still surprised how much this does taste like the hard biscuit cookie under the chocolate frosting of my McVities digestive biscuits. It’s a very nice Biscuit/Digestive tea, I am just not getting the chocolate part of “Chocolate Digestives”… but I guess that could be my complaint for a lot of teas. Even with cocoa shells (which this tea does have) it seems that chocolate flavor hides from me a lot!

Flavors: Cocoa, Cookie, Graham, Smooth, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
White Antlers

Mattress Alita, the best way to flavor milk is to start with hot liquid, be it plant based or dairy milk. Bring your liquid to simmer, then add your leaves/material. The longer it steeps, the more flavor is extracted. You can refrigerate the liquid when it comes to room temperature, then strain it when it’s chilled if you wish. What this accomplishes is letting the fat/ protein in the milk absorb the volatile oils of the steeped materials.

derk

That’s what I did with the glaze I made for my lemon poundcake the other night. Simmered almond milk, turned off and added lavender and herbal tea, steeped for maybe 10 minutes in the hot milk and it infused with plenty of flavor.

White Antlers

Yes! As a former caterer and long time herbalist who still makes concoctions, I’ve learned over the decades (today I want to write centuries…) that this is the way to go when dealing with plant material and milk-plant or animal.

Mastress Alita

I’ve been trying to go through certain “prompt lists” that came off of Instagram, and I’m not an Instagram person in the slightest (I can’t even get the prompt lists without a friend logging in and downloading the pictures of the prompt calendars for me because I don’t have an account). “Cold brew a tea in milk” was one of them and I was trying to check that box. Can only guess it’s a “thing” over there. Don’t plan on trying it again. Do plan on using the tea in smoothies, it isn’t like it tastes bad. Even the hot tea with NO milk didn’t taste “chocolately” to me which was my main complaint about the cold brew, as well. I found both the cold brew in milk and the hot tea in water still tasted very “biscuity/graham cookie”.

White Antlers

Gad! Instagram prompt lists?! I had no idea there was such a thing. Guess that comes with being a technophobe crone. And I have never had a ‘chocolate’ tea that even remotely lived up to the name.

Mastress Alita

I’ve had some chocolate teas that were better than others, but agree many feel lack-luster (usually the flavorings don’t quite mesh with me, or something about “chocolate” and the tea mouthfeel feels a bit strange)… I used to get chocolate almond milk for the purpose of “helping” chocolate teas (adding more flavor and a creamy texture), but I’ve started having a GI reaction to almond milk and had to switch to oat milk, and it only comes in plain and vanilla in my area. And I’m honestly just too lazy to whisk it with cocoa powder and then add it to a tea latte, heh (though… I could totally do that…). Maybe I’ll try regular dairy chocolate milk again and see how it goes (I’m usually okay with some lactose, but not in abundance…)

The prompt lists have been giving me some fun mini-goals to working on some of my sipdowns (I got through 17 last month, which was my highest monthly total so far for this year). I’m definitely not doing everything on the list if it doesn’t suit me (like “drink the same tea all day” would be very bad for my migraine brain - I need moderate caffeine in the day, and herbals in the evening). Some have proven to be fun experiments. Honestly most of them make no sense to me without the “Instagram context” (of which I don’t have… again, I’m not a user over there and have no intention of doing so, photography/social media isn’t really my jam) so I’m being very selective off the charts. Some do interest me and mostly I have to wait until the weekends to have more “tea time”… “Indian Tea” and some chai prompts are easily feasible for me and I’m looking forward to doing those at least this month. :)

Roswell Strange

Cold brewing in milk, specifically oat milk, definitely became a thing recently in the instagram blogging community – though I’ve seen it done elsewhere before too. Similarly, I’ve cold brewed directly in orange juice and other juices. My understanding is that one of the advantages to cold brewing directly in milk is that it’s verrrrryyyy low effort/maintenance, but also some people don’t enjoy the flavour of “cooked” milk/milk alternatives so cold brewing straight in milk offers an alternative to that. A lot of people find cold brewing teas, versus steeping/infusing in hot water, provides a “smoother” taste. I’ve tried both, and personally I feel like I’ve had mixed success – very dependent on the tea, IMO.

White Antlers

Mastress Alita-2 thoughts. #1-You might be casein sensitive/allergic rather than lactose intolerant. I discovered my casein allergy late in life after thinking lactose was the culprit. A1 milk has a lot of casein where as A2 milk does not. I seem to be okay with raw milk, which I can get from my CSA but even then, I only have it on rare occasions. Actually finding A2 milk is the challenge. The idea of chocolate almond milk to ‘help’ the tea delighted me! : )

I hope you’re feeling better today.
#2. I have an IG account but I never post anything because I’m anti-social, very private and like you, not interested in social media. I use IG to mostly look at pictures of the city where I live-lots of public gardens, parks, nature preserves, historic sites and so on. Cat pictures, stupid videos and impossible to reproduce food, embarrassing selfies of people I don’t know and don’t want to know and all manner of horrid art don’t interest me at all.

Mastress Alita

@Roswell: Other than experimenting with the milk (which I haven’t really had any great success with) I have cold brewed directly in lemonade and quite liked that. I haven’t tried juice yet, though! I do notice different flavors cold brewing with water and have found I tend to (in general) prefer black teas hot brewed, oolongs I don’t have a preference (tend to like both hot and cold equally), and greens and whites I tend to prefer cold brewed. And for some strange reason, I hate the taste of red rooibos cold brewed/iced, but like it hot, but LOVE green rooibos cold brewed!

@White Antlers: I’ll have to look into the casein then! I tend to be fine if I limit my dairy, but have issues if I have excessive amounts. Now I’m having issues with the almond milk which I think may be either a late-developing nut sensitivity or just an issue with my GI in soluble vs. insoluble fiber (switching to oat milk I’ve done very well). My GI is wonk since it is tied to the migraines (and my head is doing much better today, thanks!)

White Antlers

Mattress Alita, if you have not explored it, do some reading on AIP; auto immune protocol eating. I have had fibromyalgia for the last 50 or so years. When I am strict with AIP, I am nearly pain free. If nothing else, it makes for some interesting reading.

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Am I freaking out here, or does this taste like mint chocolate? checks ingredients Yep, I’m just going crazy. Maybe I’m tasting the licorice. Regardless, this one is quite good. It tasted good without milk, but it tastes even richer and fuller with some milk. I don’t usually love B&B’s chocolate blends, but I’m pretty impressed with this one. It tastes like thin mints to me – it just does! But I love the way this tea is balanced and flavored. Nice black tea, chocolate, and flavors. Thanks for the share, tea-sipper!

tea-sipper

Mint?! I don’t think there was any flavor contaminating from here… Also, we both just wrote tasting notes for chocolate teas we sent each other. haha

AJRimmer

I’m sure it was just my brain fooling itself, but I enjoyed the results! Oh yeah!

Martin Bednář

A mint? Indeed weird. But I am happy you liked it, as I do as well :)

derk

Cardamom might be the culprit.

AJRimmer

Aha! That could definitely be it.

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Bird and Blend Advent Calendar Day 3:

I find chocolate teas to be hit or miss for me, and too frequently a miss. But not this one. When I read the ingredients (chocolate, fenugreek, and liquorice????) I was doubtful. But it works beautifully here. The black tea base is mild and doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors. The fenugreek and liquorice are present but don’t over shadow the chocolate. This tea is a definite hit.

I have a Happy Planner and for each day in December I am noting which tea I had from the advent calendar and whether I would ever want to order a bit more of it. This one I may want to re-order some time. I really enjoyed it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Had this hot today with a hearty splash of oat milk.

I think the oat milk actually really complimented the flavour and really pushed this tea to taste more cookie like than it already does normally. When I stopped and processed the flavours I was drinking I could taste the milk chocolate, fennel, and oat notes a lot more distinctly but just casually drinking this while working on my afternoon project I was definitely getting Chocolate Digestive cookies.

I liked this a lot today!

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1027 tasting notes

From their subscription; I think an April 2019 one?

Took a strainer, two teaspoons of tea in, added boiling water. After 5 minutes I took the strainer off.
The results are following:
Dark, bit opaque, copper colour.
Biscuity aroma combined with malt from tea. Little of chocolate. Yummy! It reminds a real thing a bit.
It is full of flavour. I tastes quite a lot like real thing – I guess I have to buy them again and try to pair it with this tea. Shops are closed tomorrow though :/
It is really biscuity, with chocolate top. And base tea, this time it is Sri Lankan Black Tea it gives it some malty flavour combined with caramel. I do not notice any spices as previous raters. Probably another batch. Or they tweaked a recipe a bit.

Overall, if you are looking for biscuits in liquid form, this tea is for you. Maybe I steeped it for long and that made it bit bitter for my tooth. But it is really nice blend. I just need tweak brews a bit.

7.30 pm, I have to at least start with something to Uni. Deadline is in Friday noon. Thursday night working again. Kids over for a weekend. No panic attacks, but today it was close! I just was telling myself it is not end of the World. And next week my friend from Switzerland will come! I can not wait for that!

Just I want to finish those exams… all, as soon as possible. Why are they making it so hard?

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Chocolate, Cookie, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Thanks again for the fun sale, Cameron B! I have no idea what chocolate digestive cookies taste like. They seem to be a not-American cookie. However, this tea is lovely. It has a unique flavor… never tasted this in a tea before. It kind of takes over the cup and it’s also hard to describe. Both steeps tasted very similar, with only a hint of chocolate. It was mostly that added flavor — or possibly it’s a combination of all these odd ingredients that make it seem like an added flavor? The cardamom, cocoa, fenugreek and licorice. It tastes like none of these flavors, unless they all combine into a new super flavor. To me I can only describe it as DESSERT but it’s such a unique dessert flavor. I wish I could try the cookie to compare! However, though this base is Ceylon, it doesn’t seem like the older weak Ceylon that B&B used. This is a stronger, tastier Ceylon. Both cups were very dark and flavorful so I’m very happy about the new Ceylon!!
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

Mastress Alita

I’ve never had this B&B, but I do always keep some British “digestive biscuits” in my house to go with tea, hahahaha. I get the McVities ones! (The Scottish staple!) They are hard, flat, sweet wheat biscuit, and the ones I get are covered in dark chocolate (because who doesn’t love dark chocolate?) but I’ve seen milk chocolate and plain as well. There is this absolutely tiny section of my grocery store that has a few “British” things in it (I live in podunk Idaho and foreign cooking stuff is near impossible to find out here!) so I was shocked when I saw these. Now I buy a pack on every trip just in the hopes they’ll keep stocking them.

Evol Ving Ness

All y’all need to come to Canada. Chocolate digestives are in every local grocery and corner store. Really, this is not something easy to find in the States?

Mastress Alita

Oh, my friend in California could throw a stone and get foreign foods. But where I live in the middle of farm country in Idaho, foreign foods are nil impossible to find… it was EONS before even ONE green tea ice cream finally appeared in a local grocery, and that is my favorite thing in the world. I’m willing to pay the ridiculous price for it. >_>

tea-sipper

Yeah, I never heard of Chocolate Digestives until this tea. haha. I will have to intentionally look for them…. but I doubt I will find them in my store. There is no way I’ve seen green tea ice cream. I bet I’d love it though. :D There was a really weird fruit I’ve never seen before for $6. It must have been the foreign food of the week.

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