Thanks again very much for these samples, AJRimmer! Another PudTea I get to try! Seeing all the cocoa shells and caramel cubes here, I had high hopes. It is certainly chocolatey with the cocoa shells – they get points for that. I wouldn’t say it is particularly caramel. But I appreciate there isn’t stevia here after the stevia bomb of David’s Hot Chocolate. The black tea is fairly light, but waiting 23 minutes to brew a black tea won’t create the darkest deepest brew. The second steep was also light, and my main problem with chocolate teas is when they just aren’t dark enough. Chocolate needs depth. If the cocoa shells weren’t here, this would be a failed blend. I like this, but it isn’t as special as I’d hoped. It mostly reminds me of a couple of Bird&Blend’s teas.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep