Brand: Arbor Teas’ Tea Infused Chocolates
T ea Rating: 100/100
Price: $18.00 for the truffle assortment.
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Description: “A rich, smoky combination of dark chocolate ganache and our smoked Lapsang Souchong Black Tea, square cut and dipped in dark chocolate.”
The very last review of the Tea Infused Truffles form Arbor Teas is the one I was most worried about. As, I haven’t been exposed to very much Lapsang Souchong in my tea lifetime and the times I have it was a strange tea. First off, the smell of the truffle itself embodied the tea and chocolate, smelling like a bitter, high percentage of dark chocolate,but also smelling like pipe tobacco and campfire at the same time. The taste is interesting. Upon first taste,the dark chocolate plays nicely with the smoky and toasty flavors from the Lapsang Souchong tea.
This is a truffle that really opens up your senses and engages all of your taste buds. With the bitterness from the dark chocolate and the bitterness found in the black tea, you can really feel them drying your mouth out directly after you swallow. I attribute this drying, to sticking a handful of cotton balls in your mouth, that is how the dryness feels immediately after swallowing. However, my mouth watered for another few seconds after the initial drying subsided, which was really interesting! I allowed my dad to sample this truffle with me, and he thought “the after taste tasted like you just finished a bag of barbecue potato chips and tastes like dark chocolate was paired with an ashtray instead of tea”. You gotta hand it to my dad’s first official appearance on my blog for bringing the thunder with his Gary Vaynerchuk like interpretation of the truffle!
I like this truffle, the caramel undertones from the lapsang souchong pair well with the smokiness and the dark chocolate. I think this was the most daring of the entire bunch,and is in the leader board for embodying the most creativity.