HOT: This tea does not taste exactly like hot chocolate, but it does taste remarkably similar considering that it is tea! It has a dark chocolate, almost espresso top note. The metallic, earthy black tea comes through in the aftertaste. I recommend that if you re-steep the tea, you add a little bit of chocolate bits to it because the tea is much milder the second time around.
I would also like to bring attention to something miraculous: my partner, whom I have only ever known to like iced, fruity herbal tea was extremely fond of this tea hot! SO if you have a partner with a sweet tooth, try to coax them into a taste and they may also be pleasantly surprised?
ICED: I steeped this with a little extra chocolate and added milk. It tastes somewhat similar to a mocha, and there is a stronger note of espresso. The added milk (obviously) takes the chocolate note from the realm of a dark chocolate into a milkier one which is pleasant. However, I still prefer the hot version, though that could be the cold winter air clouding my judgement.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Dirt, Metallic, Smoke, Sweet