It’s the first day of National Black History Month! I looked through my teas and couldn’t find a single tea that was from a black owned company! :( Second best thing is this tea, which is picked by Kenyan farmers. Jamilla is the farmer who is featured on my tin.
I’ve gone through half this tin in two years. It’s a good tea, but I usually want more from chocolate than just chocolate alone so I feel like I really have to be in an extra chocolatey mood to appreciate it. It’s very raw dark chocolate like. It has that sour tang that dark chocolate gets. Maybe it’s the addition sugar that usually mellows that out? It’s more of a raw than a refined chocolate taste. It reminds me both of the smell of walking into a shop that actually grinds their own beans to make chocolate and the biproduct of the process, the shells, that get sold in giant bags for gardening purposes. I’ve bought a bag of that ground cover before and it goes through stages of smelling really good and chocolatey like this tea and going a bit sour when it starts to decompose and stay damp under a few layers. I can’t pick out the tea in this under the chocolate domination. I’d love to see this company expand on the use of cacao shells with chocolate orange or chocolate mint combos, much like Tikal used to do. So few companies experimenting with cacao shells!