If you're a milk chocolate fan, we'd recommend pairing a good quality bar with Yunnan Gold or Gyokuro.
If you're a dark chocolate fan, we'd recommend pairing a good quality bar of 70% with Earl Grey or Keemun Gong Fu.
If you're a white chocolate fan, we'd recommend pairing a good quality bar with matcha.
After several rounds of tastings (a gruelling job!), Tom has selected some of the distinctive single garden teas from our range that perfectly complement each type of chocolate, so you can indulge you senses over Easter.
Tea & Chocolate Pairings. Tea Before Chocolate, or Chocolate Before Tea!?
We recommend tasting the chocolate first as it will coat the mouth, before allowing the tea to warm, melt and moisten, which will in turn highlight the aromatic components of the chocolate. Tea will also counteract feelings of sickly over-indulgence.
Milk Chocolate Tea Pairing
JING Yunnan Gold – a pairing of fantastic synergies. This is a really characterful tea with maltiness and sweet spice notes that go so well with the milky sugariness of milk chocolate; it cleanses the palate of any over-sugariness and the malt and sweet spice notes complement the milky-sugariness of the chocolate as does its slightly milky finish.
JING Gyokuro – the unmistakably thick, creamy, and umami rich qualities of this iconic green tea complement the milk chocolate while its clarity and freshness offset the (sometimes) sickly-sweetness of the chocolate for an uplifting taste experience.
Dark Chocolate (70%) Tea Pairing
JING Earl Grey – A JING classic, this refreshing and bright black tea is lifted with citrus, so when paired with dark chocolate, it refreshes the palate and lifts the slightly heavier, darker notes that come from the cocoa.
JING Keemun Gong Fu – A wonderful Chinese tea that is clean and light, Keemun Gong Fu has fresh, toasty notes that complement the bitterness and intensity of dark chocolate, and it has a fruity sweetness which highlights and accentuates any berry notes within the chocolate.
White Chocolate Tea Pairing
JING Organic Matcha Ceremonial Grade – this combination goes unbelievably well together! Our organic Matcha’s rich umami character highlights the milky, creamy qualities of white chocolate and its vibrant freshness offsets any sickly-sweetness. It is a truly harmonious combination which delivers far beyond expectations.