Hazelnut Rocher

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Almond, Cherry, Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Marzipan, Smooth, Sweet, Wood, Artificial, Hazelnut, Dark Chocolate, Nutty, Alcohol, Caramel
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 12 oz / 355 ml

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  • “Sipdown! (60) I think I may lower the rating for this a bit, because I really never felt like drinking it and it was a bit of struggle to finish the 20g packet. It’s not that it’s bad per se, but...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Discovery Advent Tea #4 Give me hazelnut and I will instantly pick it out among the other nuts. I love love love hazelnut. Good chocolate and hazelnut flavors though a bit too sweet for my tastes.” Read full tasting note
  • “AJRimmer Advent Day 13 Hazelnut?! I’m in! Definitely getting a nutty flavor. It’s strange to taste hazelnut without it’s siamese twin, chocolate. Hmmm… how did we come up with that term for...” Read full tasting note
  • “Bird and Blend Advent Calendar 2020 – Day 5! This tea, dry, smelled absolutely divine to me, and I could hardly wait to tear into it! I’ve never had a tea that featured hazelnuts predominantly, but...” Read full tasting note
    90

From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

Luxurious hazelnut & chocolate black tea with a splash of gold!

The most luxurious of Christmas chocolates, those little gold-wrapped nuggets are the true sign, every year, that holiday festivities have begun! Try our roasted hazelnut & smooth chocolate black tea blend and keep your eyes out for the golden nuggets, that make your cuppa sparkle, too – fancy!

Ingredients
Sri Lankan black tea, cocoa nibs, caramelised hazelnut (hazelnut, sugar), cocoa shells, sprinkles (sugar, glazing agent (carnauba wax), stabilisers (gum arabic), colours (e100 curcumin, e163 anthocyanins, e171 titanium dioxide), anti-caking agent (potassium aluminium silicate)), natural flavouring.

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Sipdown! (60)

I think I may lower the rating for this a bit, because I really never felt like drinking it and it was a bit of struggle to finish the 20g packet.

It’s not that it’s bad per se, but the chocolate side of it is somewhat artificial-tasting. But as I’m sure you all know, I have a hard time with chocolate teas in general. I do think the level of almond here is really perfect – I’ve found that I no longer enjoy strong marzipan/almond extract flavor in tea, but here it’s such a lovely rich and sweet supporting note to the chocolate. And it almost comes out tasting like chocolate-covered maraschino cherries!

Bye, tea! Sorry I didn’t love you!

Flavors: Almond, Artificial, Cherry, Chocolate, Creamy, Marzipan, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
AJRimmer

I had this one a few days ago, and for the first time really noticed how glittery it was! So pretty! Agree that it’s not a favorite though.

Cameron B.

I didn’t really notice the glitter until the last cup. I guess it all sank to the bottom of the pot! XD

Martin Bednář

I have unopened pouch somewhere. I remember being it average for me. Not a fan trying it anytime soon, moreover not even craving for this flavour profile recently.

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Discovery Advent Tea #4
Give me hazelnut and I will instantly pick it out among the other nuts. I love love love hazelnut. Good chocolate and hazelnut flavors though a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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AJRimmer Advent Day 13

Hazelnut?! I’m in! Definitely getting a nutty flavor. It’s strange to taste hazelnut without it’s siamese twin, chocolate. Hmmm… how did we come up with that term for conjoined twins in the first place? Was the first widely known set of conjoined twins from Siam? Do people even use that term anymore? I see an internet rabbit hole before me!

The tea is nutty, but it almost has a chicory or mate kind of flavor. Something about it reminds me of both. I noticed little sparkles in it and put it in my clear mug to watch them, but since some time has passes they have sunk to the bottom. As my cup cools there is a flatness that creeps in. I’ve been dissatisfied with my water quality lately and watched some scale recently grow in my kettle. I have a filtered pitcher ordered, but that doesn’t help me today when I suspect the water may have something to do with this taste that pops up in the middle of each sip. I’ll have to wait to break in the water pitcher when it gets here and give this tea another go!

Update: Ha HA! My guess was right about Siamese twins! Chang and Eng Bunker were conjoined Chinese twins who lived in Siam!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Yeah, I’ve been noticing even more chlorine in the water than normal, and that is even through the filter I just replaced two weeks ago that normally works great. ick.

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Bird and Blend Advent Calendar 2020 – Day 5! This tea, dry, smelled absolutely divine to me, and I could hardly wait to tear into it! I’ve never had a tea that featured hazelnuts predominantly, but I am partial to a hazelnut ganache in a chocolate come December! Or a Ferrero Rocher, which I imagine is exactly what they were aiming for here.

I’d say that once it was brewed up (with a splash of milk, as I nearly always add) it was too smooth for me to associate with a Ferrero Rocher, however. But I was put very firmly in mind of hazelnut ganache enrobed in chocolate – though perhaps less of the outer chocolate than the ganache itself. (Purdy’s signature Hedgehog chocolates leapt to mind pretty much immediately on the first sip!) There were moments where I kind of wished the chocolate flavours sang a little more loudly, but I couldn’t complain at all when the rest was so lovely. After all, I’ve had many chocolatey teas – I kind of feel I know how that’ll go by now. But the hazelnut was the main attraction here, most certainly. It wasn’t a thin or watery kind of hazelnut flavour, but a beautifully well-rounded, creamy hazelnut experience that I could absolutely find myself luxuriating in time and time again. And as an alternative to scarfing down a box of GuyLian seashell molded chocolates, this is probably better for me. It felt like all the decadence of doing just that, but the sweetness was implied, rather than explicit. I’d probably need to stop gobbling the chocolates from sweetness overload long before I’d want to take a break from this cuppa – although I’ll err on the side of caution and make no promises!

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Bird & Blend Advent Day 5 (5-December 2020)

Hazelnut rocher! I opened our sachets and picked out all the glittery pieces and then steeped this loose leaf. There is a very subtle chocolate smoothness here with all marzipan at the end of the sip. Shockingly, I’m actually enjoying this. Shockingly, because I usually cannot stand marzipan XD. The scent is very marzipan-y too. It all just mellows together to be a delightful cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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1192 tasting notes

I don’t like the candy that this tea is named for, so I’m not sure what my reasoning was for buying it. The flavor is pretty similar to other B&B blends that contain chocolate. With sugar and milk, it’s pleasant. I don’t taste any nuttiness, but the cocoa shells are nice. It’s a mild, tasty blend. Nothing about it really stands out from other blends though, and as I mentioned, it’s quite light. Maybe overleafing this would make it more interesting. I made my resteep in a much smaller mug, and that actually tasted better than the first steep – like a dark chocolate hot chocolate. Yeah, I’ll definitely be overleafing in the future. I wish I tasted some nuttiness!

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3501 tasting notes

From my order a while ago, I think the Boxing Day sale?  I think I’ve had a Rocher ONCE in my life.  One little sphere of a Rocher.  I like that the blend tries to incorporate gold like the candy wrapping into the blend, which are sprinkles that look like gold bars.  I think they also used them in Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.  What happens to the brew, is a sort of wispy, cloudy substance floats around in the cup.  Not exactly gold, but it’s different.  The flavor is certainly chocolate thanks to all those lovely cocoa shells.  A great idea for hazelnuts in the blend… but I’m tasting mostly marzipan on the dark black base.  The second cup, wow, I’m glad I brewed the second steep for five minutes as the chocolate flavor is fantastic – the deepest chocolate, so so good.  So I think my parameters couldn’t be more spot on.   I had this once before, and the parameters must have been different, because this is a much better tea steeping it this way or the flavors are at their melding together perfection that sometimes fresh leaves don’t have (especially something like chocolate flavor).  I drank a second steep from yesterday’s leaves today and upon finishing the cup, I steeped up fresh leaves of the same tea.   Now that is saying something.  I don’t think I’ve ever had the same tea/fresh leaves on the same DAY… It’s the tea for the moment for me, I suppose!
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 3 minutes after boiling //  5 min

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Marzipan

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Huge appreciation for the Douglas Adams reference.

tea-sipper

Of course you’re a fan of the Guide. :D

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Another tea from VariaTEA – pretty much anything that isn’t 1 of 3 teas is going to be courtesy of her or roswell strange via her haha. I’d forgotten that she gifted me with a larger sample of this one. I pulled it out today largely because the little one was trying to eat the package and shake it at the same time. As it turns out, this reminds me of something i can’t quite place but i am still a fan. If i think about it come the holidays and it’s back, i’ll need to pick some up. Just the right chocolate/tea ratio without being too astringent or that weird chocolate taste i don’t like. thanks lady! for sure making my first week “back” at work better.

tea-sipper

Yep, I’m drinking this one right now and really hoping B&B brings it back at some point.

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803 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite holiday teas from Bird & Blend! As the name implies, the blend smells just like a Ferrero Rocher truffle…and this time the flavor lives up to the aroma. It’s smooth and just sweet enough with distinctive notes of dark chocolate and hazelnut. I enjoy it plain, but adding milk really takes it over the top.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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1077 tasting notes

The smell reminds me of chocolate scratch-and-sniff stickers. Fourth grade specifically, what 1993? Taste and body are thin but a strong returning sweetness like I’d expect in good loose-leaf comes about many minutes later. I used 2tsp to 10oz; thinking now that I should’ve used all three. Regardless, it’s kind of artificial. Thanks for the try, Martin :)

Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Hazelnut

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Martin Bednář

You are welcome :)

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