Thanks VariaTEA for the sample.
I didn’t look at the ingredients prior to trying this one so I kind of got to challenge my tasting abilities in that regard. The chocolate in this, for me, was really evident and I thought it presented itself in a smooth, straightforward way that was natural and not too cloying. I got creamy, custardy components as well which led me to believe that either this was milk chocolate or it incorporated vanilla, if not both. I think, maybe, the former is the case? The description of this one doesn’t do much in the way of elaboration.
Once I did look up the ingredients I was very surprised to see that I missed a key one: pineapple. Pineapple is one of my personal favourite flavors so the fact it completely passed by me was disappointing. I’m not sure whether to chock that up to a weak flavour in the blend or bad observational skills. But even if I had noticed it I have to say I’m not totally sure what place it would have had alongside the chocolate. I mean, far be it from me to say that pineapple isn’t part of the recipe for happiness ’cause man do I love me some pineapple. But pineapple and chocolate? It seems like a weird mash up.
Overall – just going by my blind impression I thought this was about average. Drinkable, but not exceptional or restock worthy. Knowing the ingredients? I’m more critical because I don’t think the flavour was properly balanced or clear. So I think overall this is maybe just a little less than acceptable/average?