Tea and Chocolate: The Perfect Companions
One of the greatest pleasures in life is sitting in a comfy chair with a large mug of tea and a colossal slab of your favourite chocolate. The two go so perfectly together, both relaxing yet stimulating at the same time. It got us thinking about how to maximise the enjoyment of this moment by working out which teas pair best with different types of chocolate. So we have done the hard work by eating a lot of chocolate and drinking a lot of tea to give you the ultimate tea pairing guide.
We found the best way to marry up with dark chocolate was to find a tea which cut through the bitterness and balance out the flavours. Our top choice was our Royal Empress tea which has a lemon flavour as well as rich roasted notes which counterbalance the bitterness of the chocolate to give you a perfect pairing.
Other notably mention go to our single estate Blue Mountain tea from Southern India which has a more subtle nutty quality that complimented the dark chocolate without overpowering. Our herbal option would be our Cool Mint blend with its strong minty flavour which is strong enough to go side by side with the dark chocolate.
We wanted to go outside the box here but actually we found the classic breakfast tea was the perfect companion for the most popular type of chocolate. Our British Breakfast Tea did the trick for us and it is a combination I will never get bored of.
Notable mentions also go to our Smooth Ceylon which has a smooth brisk flavour which sits nicely alongside the milky sweet chocolate.
White Chocolate White chocolate is a bit of a favourite of mine, but it is very sweet. So getting a suitable partner is actually a bit trickier, but we found our Gorgeous Green Tea with its smooth umami notes helped to cut through the sweetness and create a delicious partnership.
Milk chocolate with hazelnut
Our Awesome Assam has a rich boldness which intertwines with the nutty flavour of this type of chocolate so beautifully that it is well worth a try if you like this kind of chocolate.
Anyway we thoroughly enjoyed this little experiment and were pleasantly surprised by some of the combinations. We highly recommend you don't just take our word for it, but give it a try for yourself.