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While I wait for a restock on my favorite Chocolate Tea (Harding Spring, from Trailhead Tea) I grabbed a small bag of this to try, thinking that perhaps a rose chocolate might be a nice switch from an orange chocolate.
It’s a perfectly serviceable black tea with some chocolate flavor to it, but I can’t really discern much rose in there. I will finish this sample bag, and feel no compunctions to buy more. There’s nothing wrong with it, but there is no sit-up-and-demand-I-drink-more to it, which means I don’t need to keep it in my cabinet.
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Smooth
This is the chai that I grabbed by mistake when I thought I was pulling the Mt. Everest Blend off the shelf, which explains why I was inexplicably tasting clove – and a bunch of other delicious stuff.
And by delicious, I mean, I might have a new favorite chai. This stuff is fabulous. The clove might be a trifle overpowering, but everything else blends together in an amazing taste combination that is right up there with my lamented Coconut Chai from Zhena. (And Steepologie has a coconut chai that I will be trying, at this point, it’s just that the store was out when I ducked inside to snag a bunch of 2 ounce samples.)
The fact that there is pepper in this chai (some of them leave it out) is – I suspect – what really makes it for me. I like the chai blends to be both fierce and smooth, and a lot of them just go for smooth. The oolong is an interesting choice for the tea base, because it’s making the whole thing a touch more floral – again, a plus for me.
I will be ordering more of this. It will be replacing my base chai tin on my shelf, when I finish that one off. Highly recommended.
Flavors: Clove, Floral, Pepper, Spices
Oh, the sadness that is discovering the tea you drank is not the tea you thought you drank! Alas, poor Mt. Everest Breakfast, you are suffering for my failure to read the label, because you are a perfectly reasonable English breakfast tea that doesn’t have the glory and shine that is the Majesty’s Chai that I drank, thinking it was you.
This tea is a breakfast blend. I love Yunnan, and I love Assam, and sadly, the two combined in this tea to not be a force multiplier of each other, but to instead cancel out the distinguishing notes that both teas have and leave me with…a breakfast blend.
I will not be buying it again, because I do not need a breakfast blend. If I’m going to pay for Yunnan leaves, I want it to be Yunnan-flavored. If I’m going to go drink Assam, I want it to be Assam. I don’t want a blend of the two that tastes merely tea-flavored.
I like Bourbon. I like Chai. So when I spotted this one, I decided I was going to try it.
Since I’m currently lacking my handy-dandy electric kettle, I had to settle for making this one with nearly-boiling water; I suspect it would do better with slightly less hot water (something in the 185F range). I also made it with just a splash of milk.
Verdict: Quite good, and it grew on me the more I drank it. The lapsang souchong, which ordinarly would be a turn-off for me (I like smoke, but not in my tea, go figure?) accented the apple and the honey in ways that I had not anticipated. My usual preference for a gingery bite was also present. I found myself wishing I had a good sharp cheddar and some crackers to pair this one with, but I’m out of crackers at the moment. I will probably try it again when I have access to those.
There is a distinct aftertaste that I’m less fond of, and suspect would also do well with a cheddar; after thinking about it, I suspect that’s the anise. (I like licorice, so it’s not a problem, but those who don’t should be warned.)
All in all, I probably won’t go out of my way to buy this tea again, but I will enjoy drinking the remainder of the 2 ounce container I bought of it, and I do not regret the purchase at all.
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Flavors: Apple, Peach
Late starting my Christmas advent calendar and I wanted to like this one, but it is too spicy. The chili pepper flakes are strong, and waiting for it to fade out was wasted time. From what I can taste, the chocolate flavor is nice and mellow. I can’t finish the cup…kind of a shame for me.
Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy
I bought a sachet of this tea on my trip to Seattle. To be fair, I didn’t brew this according to the instructions at all. But when you’re stuck away from home with only an automatic coffee dispenser to provide hot water, you do your best to make due.
Anyway, first of all, I would strongly recommend using more water than I did. 8 ounces is definitely not enough for the size of the tea sachet they sell. I also oversteeped this (that’s what I get for not setting a timer! ), so it turned out a little more bitter than I would’ve liked. Regardless, it has a soft honey/caramel smell after it’s been steeped, and a slight earthy flavor.
Given the chance, I’d love to try this again! But I’ve got an entire cabinet of teas to get through before I even start thinking about buying more!
Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Honey
I picked up a sachet of this tea when I visited Seattle, because they were sold out of the loose leaf. The dry leaves really do smell almost exactly like sour patch candy! Once brewed, the tangy/sour notes become more subtle and there’s a sweet aftertaste. Definitely a great tea to try, and one I wish I’d bought more of!
Flavors: Sweet, Tart