To Captain Hook with Love

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Tea of the Week for September 17, 2018!

Ahoy! Avast Ye, Matey!

We have a day called “Talk Like a Pirate Day” and it happens to be September 19 – and it was the inspiration behind this chai blend. My personal favorite Pirate is Captain Hook played by Colin O’Donoghue from the recently concluded television series “Once Upon a Time” so I thought I’d dedicate this tea to him.

At first glance, it’s going to seem like there’s a lot going on with this chai, but it all works together very well: I started with a rich black tea base of Yunnan, Assam & Ceylon with a touch of Lapsang Souchong (for a hint of smokiness). Then I added some Rum essence (because what’s a pirate without his rum?), coconut, spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg & allspice), some chicory root & marshmallow root & a couple of organic vanilla beans. It’s a pirate’s booty of ingredients – but it makes for a very flavorful blend – perfect for the cooler weather ahead!

This is vegan & gluten free . . . and alcohol free!

ingredients: black teas

organic ingredients: black teas, coconut, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, chicory root, marshmallow root, nutmeg, vanilla bean & natural flavors

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I loved this one TOO.

And it’s a belatedly posted sipdown!

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I had been avoiding this one a bit, expecting it to be a strong chai – but I was misremembering. It’s a smooth, gentle, coconut chai. This cup had 4 green cardamom pods, by chance, so it seems to be heaviest on the cardamom in terms of the spice profile, but it’s a pretty balanced blend overall. Very pleasant to drink without additions. I think the coconut might be going slightly off here – it’s just a touch soapy – but I think I just have one cup left and will try to remember to finish it off sooner rather than later.

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This was the tea of the week a couple of weeks ago. I was in the mood for a chai so I grabbed this one. It might be a bit late for a chai since I’m trying to adjust my sleep schedule but my internal clock doesn’t seem to be cooperating with me.

I was inspired to create this tea a couple of years ago, actually – on “Talk like a Pirate day” – I thought, hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have a pirate inspired tea? So I wrote the idea down along with the flavors that I envisioned for a pirate chai blend. I had planned on blending this last year for Talk Like a Pirate day, but I needed to change the menu for whatever reason so I docked it until this year.

This is really tasty – the rum & coconut give this an interesting twist to the classic chai flavors. It still has a chai flavor – not overly spicy though – but the flavor I pick up the most is the rum. The coconut softens the overall cup a bit (along with the vanilla) – to give this a creaminess which is nice because this is one that I don’t recommend going latte with because the dairy (or non-dairy milk) doesn’t meld very well with the rum notes – and it’s just not the same experience. If you do decide to go with a latte, be sure to brew this extra strong.

Nice – unusual – tasty!

Edited to add: the smoke is pretty subtle with this one. I start to pick up on it more as I reach mid-cup but really, what I notice is that the smoky notes meld with the rum a bit to give the rum a little bit of something. Like I said – very unusual, but I really like it.

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