Ok, here goes nothing! I hate to say this, but I like this chai more than the Laoshan Village chai. To me, it seems like the spice notes are a little bit more tame. While my taste buds may not be fully trained, and my tea vocab may not be as descriptive as it could be, I will try my best to describe what I think is going on here. The base of this chai is a little subdued, with a great balance of spice. I can pick out the cardamom, saffron, and a great aftertaste of cacao! I have yet to find the vanilla notes, but I attribute that to my overall inexperienced palate.
If you have had the Laoshan chai and loved it(which I did) you need to try this Chocolate Phoenix chai! You will not be disappointed! Thank you David for another amazing tea!