Mexican Chocolate Tea (Steep No. H376)

Tea type
Honeybush Rooibos Blend
Ingredients
Chicory Root, Chili Pepper, Cinnamon, Cocoa Nibs, Honeybush, Rooibos, Star Anise Bits, Vanilla Extract
Flavors
Chili, Chocolate, Spicy
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by Keshwyn
Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “Ah, spring, when a woman’s fancy turns to “it’s been almost three months since I finished my advent calendar of teas and I want to try new ones” again. Since Steepologie figured out how to make...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Late starting my Christmas advent calendar and I wanted to like this one, but it is too spicy. The chili pepper flakes are strong, and waiting for it to fade out was wasted time. From what I can...” Read full tasting note
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Tea: Mexican Chocolate Tea (Steep No. H376)
Type: Herbal
Water Temp: 185 F
Amount: 2 tsp per 8 oz of fresh water
Steep Time: 5 – 7 minutes

Mexican Chocolate Tea (Steep No. H376) is a rich and indulgent blend that combines the natural sweetness of honeybush and chicory root with the warm spice of cinnamon and rooibos. Cocoa nibs and chocolate extract add a touch of decadence, while star anise and vanilla crème extract provide a creamy smooth finish. Finally, a pinch of chili pepper flakes gives this tea a touch of heat, creating a balanced and complex flavor profile that is sure to satisfy as a delicious and comforting treat.

https://www.steepologie.com/products/mexican-chocolate-tea-steep-no-h376

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Ah, spring, when a woman’s fancy turns to “it’s been almost three months since I finished my advent calendar of teas and I want to try new ones” again.

Since Steepologie figured out how to make sample packets again (they had some problems where their sample packeting machine broke, and so they delisted all their samples for a couple of months) I figured I’d better jump on the wagon and try all their teas before the machine got broken again by all the orders coming in. I trawled through their site, looking at all the blacks, oolongs, and greens I could find – because that’s what I drink. Rooibus? Not a chance.

…except.

I love Mexican Hot Chocolate. A lot. It’s a fondness I developed when I was a tweenager, and it’s never gone away. And when I was in their store the first time, I was very sad I couldn’t get a sample of their tea, because it’s a rooibus and I was NOT going to get a full tin of a tea I was sure I was going to be disappointed by.

And the sample-generating machine was fixed.

And I had a coupon code from my advent calendar.

So I got it. And what do you know, it actually does taste like Mexican Hot Chocolate, and it does NOT taste like rooibus-trying-to-pretend-it’s-actually-camellia sinensis! WOW. It’s actually good! Apparently, given the fact that I also liked Fire Nation (and once upon a time, I liked RoT’s Rooibus Masala Chai, before I got tired of teabags) the answer to my problem with rooibus is “cover it over with so many spices that you can’t taste it anymore. Ideally, chili peppers.”

This tea definitely has a kick to it. (I like chili pepper. I don’t get it nearly as often as I used to because my kids have undertraumatized taste buds.) It also has a strong chocolate nose. I’m sure that the chicory is helping there, but that’s probably the fact that they added chocolate extract to the whole shebang. What it does not have – and I’m pleased by this – is actual chocolate; cleaning actual melted chocolate skum out of the inside of my teapot is one of my least favorite things, no matter how tasty the tea.

This is one I may have to get more of. I have too few naturally decaf teas in my inventory, and since I try very hard not to drink any caffeine after six (messed up sleep is not my friend) having another one in my arsenal is definitely welcome. I don’t even feel the need to mix this one with a decaf black – it’s fine as it is. Score!

Flavors: Chili, Chocolate

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

What a nice surprise! Will the caffeine in the cocoa or chocolate keep you up? Or did they use chocolate flavoring to bypass that problem?

Keshwyn

Chocolate has never hit me the way tea or coffee do, so I think I’m ok! The chocolate flavoring + cocoa nibs didn’t make me feel awake when I dreamed it, just pleasantly mellow. (I think I drink enough caffeinated black in the mornings that I’m somewhat acclimated.)

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Late starting my Christmas advent calendar and I wanted to like this one, but it is too spicy. The chili pepper flakes are strong, and waiting for it to fade out was wasted time. From what I can taste, the chocolate flavor is nice and mellow. I can’t finish the cup…kind of a shame for me.

Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Keshwyn

Given that I found I really liked this one, I’m guessing one has to really like chili pepper flavor. It’s good to know that for folks who don’t, this is a tea I shouldn’t serve. (Hi, you’re the only other person who’s reviewed this tea, it’s so nice to find a Steepologie tea I don’t have to upload the description for on my own. Thanks for doing that! :-)

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