I just opened a sample of this I’ve had for a while. (This is no longer available at the Todd & Holland web site).
In the packet it smells like some sort of confection. Not candy really. Not cookies… well, maybe cookies? Or a flourless cake?
Steeped, it smells more like candy truffles. Or chocolate covered cherries, which is sort of strange because there’s not anything that would ordinarily be expected to generate a cherry aroma in this. And yet, there it is. A dark, candy sort of cherry. There’s a slight cocoa note as well. The tea is a cherry red-brown and is surprisingly clear given the chocolate chips as ingredients.
The tea tastes pretty much like it smells, except that it has a strange bitter note to it on the back end. Not so much a bitter tea note as a bitter other note, like baking chocolate bitter perhaps.
It’s not horrible, but it’s not as good as some of the other Todd and Holland flavored black teas. Which may explain why it is no longer available.
But the important thing about today is — I have news!
I accepted a job offer, so I will be employed again as of the end of January! It seems like a great group of people, and a fun company, and it is about a 10 minute commute from my house (I am planning to time a bike commute and see if that would make sense since it is so close).
Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa