Rocky Road

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Almond, Chocolate, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Marshmallow, Roasted nuts, Cocoa, Tannin, Vanilla
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic, Vegan
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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  • “Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #11 I’m hoping Anne will be able to clarify this for me, but I know she doesn’t work with sunflower seeds anymore – this blend had sunflower seeds in it but I feel...” Read full tasting note
  • “I really like this one. It reminds me of Decadence but with a nutty taste. I didn’t get sunflower seeds like others. It’s probably a different blend than before since my batch is recent. I got a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “My boyfriend is really enjoying this one and we finished it up today. It definitely tastes like Rocky Road ice cream- a bit of dark chocolate, some nuttiness, and a sweetness that I would say is...” Read full tasting note
  • “Hmm. I am really surprised that I don’t like this more than I do, given the ingredient list. But it honestly tastes like the sunflower seeds, or something, has gone off, and that’s influencing the...” Read full tasting note
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Tea of the Week for February 6, 2017!

I’m pretty sure that Frank had a Rocky Road tea at one point because I recall asking him to reblend it several years ago – I had never tasted it but I had found the tea description in his archives and I wanted to try it so I do remember asking him to reblend it. He never did.

So since I can no longer retrieve any of those archived teas and it doesn’t show up at Steepster, I’m just going to call this my blend.

I started with Laoshan black teas from Verdant for their chocolate-y character. Then I chose a rich, malty Assamica tea from the Jingmai Mountains. Then I added some Golden Yunnan tea to round out the flavors. To this, I added roasted cacao nibs, cacao shells, marshmallow root, sunflower seeds and vegan dark and white chocolate chips.

And yes, I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again now: YUM!

ingredients: black teas, roasted & salted sunflower seeds and vegan white & dark chocolate chips

organic ingredients: black tea, cacao nibs & shells, marshmallow root and natural flavors

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17 Tasting Notes

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #11

I’m hoping Anne will be able to clarify this for me, but I know she doesn’t work with sunflower seeds anymore – this blend had sunflower seeds in it but I feel like I recently saw it on the site without them? Was this reblended recently(ish)?

I’ve wanted to try this tea basically since I knew it existed though, so I was insanely excited to have the chance – and I absolutely loved it as well! Something about the dry leaf visual seems to perfectly “Rocky Road” too, from the different types of mixed chocolate (the white ones look like marshmallow globs at a glance!) to the sunflower seeds. Plus, adding marshmallow root!? Genius!!

The flavour is really good – it’s creamy and rich but not cloying, and I get both the white and dark chocolate notes along side a maltier black tea base and hints of nutty sunflower seeds. It could maybe be more marshmallow-y, but it’s very close to being right on the money! I want to try it with milk next to push that ice cream element to the next level.

This is the first tea from the box that I’m keeping for myself – it’s just so good.

52Teas

Yes, it was reblended earlier this year – without the sunflower seeds so if you have a batch with the sunflower seeds in it, that’s from my original batch from 2017.

Roswell Strange

Thanks for clarifying – this would be the 2017 batch then, which makes it all the more impressive how delicious it was!

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348 tasting notes

I really like this one. It reminds me of Decadence but with a nutty taste. I didn’t get sunflower seeds like others. It’s probably a different blend than before since my batch is recent. I got a nice almond note from it instead. The marshmallows give it a very light sweet taste with added creaminess. It didn’t seem as dark chocolatey as Decedance but more between milk chocolate and dark chocolate which I liked. The blend of Laoshan, Assamica & Golden Yunnan really works well and it was delicious and had a nice malty note.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Marshmallow, Roasted nuts

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
52Teas

I omitted the sunflower seeds in the reblend of this one. :)

Kawaii433

Oooh ok, that explains it :D. I’m not coo-coo crazy then. hehe Aaron and I loved it, thank you!

52Teas

I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Thank you!

I have decided to omit the sunflower seeds on my future blends – I got a variety of reviews on the sunflower seeds: some liked them but most did not. For me personally, I liked their salty contribution to the overall cup but because they go stale too quickly, I decided it would be better to just not include them in blends from this point forward.

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637 tasting notes

My boyfriend is really enjoying this one and we finished it up today. It definitely tastes like Rocky Road ice cream- a bit of dark chocolate, some nuttiness, and a sweetness that I would say is marshmallow.

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4754 tasting notes

Hmm. I am really surprised that I don’t like this more than I do, given the ingredient list. But it honestly tastes like the sunflower seeds, or something, has gone off, and that’s influencing the whole blend. It smells a bit play-doughy as well. Apparently I thought something similar last time, too.

I’m so confused, because this should have been a complete hit for me, but it wasn’t :( Maybe it needs a bit of sweetener? I’m not sure how much that will help, though. It’s just kind of… bland, with some play dough flavour…

tea-sipper

I think the odd flavor was the sunflower seeds. They go bad fairly quick.

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1088 tasting notes

The nuttiness from the sunflower seeds works here. Still, somehow, clearly sunflower seeds. I’d like more chocolate. I’d like more vanilla. I’d like more marshmallow. But then, to be fair, I always would like more of these.

Thanks for this, VariaTEA.

Flavors: Chocolate, Marshmallow

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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1759 tasting notes

I drank this yesterday with milk, which made it much more like the icecream. Oddly, same as last time, I wasn’t interested in a second steep. Rare that I find something so satisfying, with no desire for more… Odd, for me! Still, I’m glad I have another sampler of this coming my way.

Fjellrev

Oh man, she NEEDS to reblend this.

Indigobloom

Definitely agreed on that!!

Arby

It should be a regular

Indigobloom

Yep, I think so too. Except I really miss the Blueberry Creamcheese Danish, so kinda want that as a regular first…

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11036 tasting notes

oh man. i really wish i’d been able to get more of this one. It is delightful!

Creamy vanilla, cocoa, pecans, and malt..smooth with no bitterness. Yep. i’d get more of this if it came up again.

Terri HarpLady

Damn, that does sound good, even for someone like me who mostly hates flavored teas, LOL.

Sil

it was super noms.

Helena

Yeah I agree that does sound like a tasty treat.

Fjellrev

Right? I really hope this’ll come back.

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1792 tasting notes

Oh, this is a lovely surprise. I accidentally steeped it for over ten minutes because I received an important phone call while waiting for the 2.5 minutes. Concerned I ruined it for life, I added some whole milk, took a sip, and…?

Wow! Very flavourful and miraculously not bitter at all. There’s a lot going on in this blend. Creamy vanilla, cocoa, pecans, and malt. I think it’s the malt and vanilla together that’s creating an Animal Cracker-like vibe to this too.

You know, altogether, the flavours really do come together to create a Rocky Road ice cream experience. Crazy. I wish I had more than just the taster size!

Sil

this sounds delicious!

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2831 tasting notes

The base is a pretty high quality black. Malty, honey, cocoa, delicious tannins typical in blacks. No bitterness at all, even in a longer steep (6 min, boiling water).

A hint of vanilla, lots of rich cocoa/dark chocolate. I was hoping for more vanilla, but this is still tasty. The sunflower seeds are nutty, but I find their flavour a bit musty (although allergen free). It wasn’t the marshmallow treat I hoped, but I did enjoy my cup this morning.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Tannin, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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658 tasting notes

I don’t want to be too hard on this because I have yet to find a chocolate tea that comes close to being actually chocolatey. This one is no exception, but it only fails in the way they all fail. The richness of chocolate just does not translate into tea, in my opinion. The strongest note in here is actually the sunflower seeds. It’s not bad, it’s just not as robust as some of 52Teas’ other black teas.

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