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I believe this is the first Teavana tea I’ve consumed; I got it in a trade with DaisyChubb rather than buying it myself. Let’s just say that I have strong moral objection to the company’s business practices so I’ve decided not to give them any of my money – not that I don’t appreciate the tea, Daisy. ;)

This is an interesting mix – chai spices without the ‘chai’ and mixed with chocolate basically, though it smells totally awesome. The result is a little bit light for my tastes, though I could see this going well with a sweet dessert or something similar. I was expecting it to have a stronger chocolate flavour than it actually did, there are some mild bitter cocoa hints but the flavours seem to mostly be from the spices. I swear I’m tasting chicory root in there as well, though it doesn’t seem to be listed with the other ingredients. Hmm.

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Mercuryhime

Chicory is definitely there. I don’t why it’s not listed unless they recently changed the formula but my packages definitely say chicory on them. I’d say to try a stronger brew for more flavor but then I feel the chicory takes over. I guess you could dilute ie with milk of that happens. :)

KeenTeaThyme

Jillian, this is weird – I have the same issue. I brewed it up a few weeks ago and noticed the chicory taste (which I do not care for either). It wasn’t listed on the ingredients for mine either! I’ve been trying to think of what to do with it now. Mulch? Compost?

TeaBrat

I found this was better when I mixed it with some plain black tea

SimplyJenW

I agree with Amy oh. I use mine as chai spices with black tea, or even with a rooibos.

Jillian

@KeenTeaThyme: they’d probably make good compost, that’s the usual fate of the really crappy teas here at my house.

@Amy Oh & SimplyJenW: I’ve got enough left for one more cup so I might try adding some black tea like you suggested – though that sort of defeats the purpose of a caffeine-free chai.

SimplyJenW

Rooibos works, too. I like vanilla rooibos with it.

DaisyChubb

To be honest Jill, I won’t be spending my money there again and I agree, their business practice makes me sick D:

Thanks for trying though :D

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Mercuryhime

Chicory is definitely there. I don’t why it’s not listed unless they recently changed the formula but my packages definitely say chicory on them. I’d say to try a stronger brew for more flavor but then I feel the chicory takes over. I guess you could dilute ie with milk of that happens. :)

KeenTeaThyme

Jillian, this is weird – I have the same issue. I brewed it up a few weeks ago and noticed the chicory taste (which I do not care for either). It wasn’t listed on the ingredients for mine either! I’ve been trying to think of what to do with it now. Mulch? Compost?

TeaBrat

I found this was better when I mixed it with some plain black tea

SimplyJenW

I agree with Amy oh. I use mine as chai spices with black tea, or even with a rooibos.

Jillian

@KeenTeaThyme: they’d probably make good compost, that’s the usual fate of the really crappy teas here at my house.

@Amy Oh & SimplyJenW: I’ve got enough left for one more cup so I might try adding some black tea like you suggested – though that sort of defeats the purpose of a caffeine-free chai.

SimplyJenW

Rooibos works, too. I like vanilla rooibos with it.

DaisyChubb

To be honest Jill, I won’t be spending my money there again and I agree, their business practice makes me sick D:

Thanks for trying though :D

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