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Madame Flavour Orange Choc Ceylon

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The latest trio from Madame Flavour sounds just per­fect for the winter months: orange choc ceylon, car­a­mel oolong, and mint choc rooibos.

This is Madame Flavour Orange Choc Ceylon, which is as close to orange fla­voured chocol­ate as you can get as the ingredi­ents list includes ‘cocoa bean pieces, cocoa bean shells, orange peel, nat­ur­al fla­vours of chocol­ate and flor­ida orange, dark chocol­ate drops’. I enjoyed this tea far more than anti­cip­ated. The tea smells exactly like a lique­fied piece of orange-fla­voured chocol­ate. It is, as the box says, an aro­mat­ic exper­i­ence. The smell hits long before you take your first sip: the first notes linger the moment the tea bag is out of the box, and only intens­i­fies as it steeps for 5 minutes.

I usu­ally steep black teas for no longer than 2 – 3 minutes, but I like to fol­low the recom­men­ded instruc­tions whenev­er I first try a tea to taste it as it was inten­ded. I’m very impressed that after 5 minutes in 200 ml of boil­ing water the black tea remained very enjoy­able and not overly bit­ter. Given the cit­rus-y notes of Ceylon black tea, it’s a very fit­ting pair­ing with orange. The orange gives a sweet zesti­ness to the tea, and the cocoa beans and dark chocol­ate drops give the fla­vour of chocol­ate without adding sweet­ness. Together, they’re the per­fect sweet­ness, that is, barely sweet.

This box of Madame Flavour Orange Choc Ceylon con­tained 10 tea bags. The tea ori­gin­ated in Sri Lanka and was pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2015.