I am happy to say I won a Steepster prize pack out of hundreds of entries and it arrived in the mail today! It was a beautiful Art of Tea gift set. It came with a delicate 3 piece glass teapot, a sample of the teas Chocolate Monkey, Iron Goddess of Mercy – Green and Mandarin Silk.
I immediately washed the pot and brewed Chocolate Monkey in the kitchen, I’ve actually been itching to try this tea for months now.The law of attraction finally brought the tea to me with a beautiful new teapot. I am happy to say everyone who tried the tea loved it!
The infuser within the teapot actually had tiny little slits at the bottom for the water to filter down without the leaves being mixed into the brew. It a great teapot if you have very fine tea such as roobios or yerba mate and you don’t want it to fall through the cracks, but it was very difficult to get the water to come out because all the tea was blocking the holes. I used a fork (pictured above) to stir up the tea and open up the holes. I absolutely LOVED the no drip pouring spout on this teapot. It was a nice surprise, because I was not expecting that to be incorporated into the design.
The Chocolate Monkey tea was divine. I’ve been so busy with moving, getting a dog (I adopted an abused puppy, but more on that in the future), and working that I have had absolutely no time for tea. This was the first cup of tea I have brewed in a long time. I’ve been drinking teabags for days and weeks now. Yesterday I had 3 cups of Pau D’Arco from teabags! I love it, this anti-fungal tea is one of my favs. You got to try it if you haven’t already. Click here to learn more about Pau D’Arco.
Anyways on the packaging of Chocolate Monkey it says that there are flavours of chocolate (duh), bananas, pink peppercorn, and fruit. The exact ingredients of this tea are: Organic Fair Trade Rooibos, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Apple Bits, Organic Banana Chips, Pink Peppercorn, Chocolate, and Natural Flavors. The color of the tea reminded me of brandy and came out sooo nicely from the teapot. I’m going to use this teapot for all my future tea reviews! The aromas were gentle and so fragrant. I had the opportunity to enjoy my tea while listening to Chakra Suite by Steven Halpern, so it made the experience that much more enjoyable.
If you get your hands on this wonderful tea I highly recommend you take a few moments to really smell and enjoy the aromas of the tea before sipping it. This is an excellent dessert tea that I highly recommend with a bit of dark agave nectar. This tea actually gets bonus points in my book because it contains organic cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are actually crushed raw chocolate in it’s purest form, uncooked and without any sugar added. Click here to learn more about cacao nibs!
Upon second steeping, the aromas were still there but not as potent. The tea lost its luster and didn’t appeal to me as much anymore. I let it cool down and drank it cold as a digestive after my fettuccine primavera pasta dinner. The picture you see above is actually the tea upon second steeping. The color with the first steep is a lot darker and brown in color. Excellent tea, great start and end to my day.