The first noted occurrence of chocolate addiction is rumored to have taken place during the ancient Mayan civilization of South America sometime around 400AD. The Mayans were the first to process the wonderful confection and called it xocoatl, from which the English term “chocolate” is derived. Ah yes, chocolate. The word itself is enough to make some people forget whatever they’re doing, be it their taxes, feeding their kids, leading a meeting, etc., and hunt down the nearest piece, slice, or spoonful. Sandwich the word between “white,” and “mousse,” and well, watch out. The invention of chocolate mousse, the wonderfully rich and creamy dessert, is generally credited to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, famous French painter, noted chocoholic, and reputed lover of fresh cream. Henri, in need of a fix after a marathon painting session in his studio, went into the kitchen and being a creative sort of guy, decided to try something new. He grabbed some chocolate, sugar, a heap of fresh cream, and set to work. A little while later and voila, chocolate mousse was born. A few months later, Toulouse-Lautrec’s friend Aristide Bruant, also a noted chocolate addict, (his likeness can be seen in Lautrec’s famous painting Ambassadeurs,) came up with the idea of a white chocolate mousse. Toulouse obliged and voila encore, white chocolate mousse was created. To honor these two great chocoholics, and the Mayans who preceded them, we’ve created this amazing tea. Sweet, creamy, chocolaty, arousing, velvety smooth finish – words alone cannot describe this one. Brew some for yourself and you’ll see what we mean. Incidentally, a little milk and sugar will really help open this one up. Bon chance!
What type of tea do we use, how do we flavor the tea and why do we use natural flavors?
Firstly… we only use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka – Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown districts produce flavorful teas that have classic ‘Ceylon’ tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of mild astringency, bright coppery color and, most importantly – perfect for use as the base tea of our flavored teas. (We have tested teas from various other origins around the world as base stock for our flavored teas, but none of these teas made the grade.) Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. This ‘dual peak period’ allow us to buy the best for our flavored tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness.
Secondly… we use flavoring oils not crystals to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in a liquid tea treat.
Thirdly, we specify natural flavors. High quality tea tastes good and natural flavors do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavored tea is to use overpowering artificial flavors, which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavors do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat ‘soft ‘ and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas.