A pretty decent tea. I’d never had zabaglione either, but imagine it must be really good. Very strawberry tasting. It was sweet on its own, I did not add any sugar but can only imagine how great that would be. I added a little milk, not that the tea needs any, it’s already kind of creamy, but I can use the calcium.
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The tea blender for NM Tea Company must be a genius, every tea I’ve tried has been just right. Perfectly balanced bergamot and jasmine, a delicate green tea.
The scent is almost as good as Casablanca.
Drinking this straight because it needs no sugar and I think milk would ruin it. It’s vegetal but sweetened with hints of peach. It’s pretty good, even better than I expected. I think it could have stood another minute in steeping but it’s still really good.
I love this tea. It’s so good and sweet, didn’t need any sugar. Might try it with milk next time but it’s perfect as it is. Nice limey taste. Smells great. It’s been a while since I last had a lime-flavored drink, so busy pursuing bergamot I forget there are other citrus flavors.
I need to try the lemon chiffon.
I don’t think I like this tea. I tried it twice and I am still unsure. I might see if either of my sisters would like it, or put it up for a swap. I’m glad I only got one of those small pouches of this when I was in David’s Tea the other week.
It tastes like chocolate and bananas, something I normally would like. I added milk and a little sugar. It is drinkable, but not sure what it is I don’t like. It’s a very unattractive looking drink, has dark brown chocolate smudges floating on the surface. Maybe if i don’t look at it…
Out of milk so I picked out a tea I normally drink without milk. I have been using a digital meat thermometer which I think is much more accurate than the old-fashioned dial thermometer. Also using a timer on my cell phone (One of the few features on my cheap $8 tracfone). This tea is much better if you get the temp and time more exact than guessing at it. I am drinking this tea straight, no sugar at all, and am really enjoying it. Either the tea improved as it sat in the tin, my tastebuds have developed in the past 3 months, or the exactness of the brewing. Maybe it’s a combination of all three. Really nice blend of fruit/citrus/berry and tea.
I think I finally found a chai too hot for me. I’ll have to try these spices blended with a tea, maybe add a little vanilla.
I have grown very fond of cardamom. This tea is simply black tea and cardamom but it’s wonderful. Not quite a chai but has the cardamom spiciness. It’s amazing with milk and just a little sugar.
Another awesome tea from the NM Tea Co. I have had other floral Earl Greys where the flower would overwhelm the bergamot, but this tea has a good balance. The rosemary is a nice touch. The tea is a touch bitter, I wish I hadn’t steeped it so long, 3 minutes would probably be better.
I love the smell of this tea too, it’s like having a cup of Earl Grey in a flower garden.
A nice spicy tea. Hoping it helps me catch some nice rainbow trout, today is opening day in CT.
Good with milk and honey.
I was looking for a tea to help me cope until fall when David’s Tea has their pumpkin chai again and I think I found one. Actually this tea ties with David’s Tea Pumpkin chai. It is not as spicy as the pumpkin chai I love, but it is even more pumpkiny. I never thought a tea could be more pumpkin than David’s Tea Pumpkin chai. I am putting this tea on a shelf next to the Pumpkin Chai and playing romantic music hoping the two will reproduce.
This tea tastes like someone liquified and heated the inside of a pumpkin pie. This tea is so good. I had it with a little milk and brown sugar. The only way I can think to make this better would be to top it with whipped cream which I do not have right now.
For some reason the tea smells like green pumpkin vines.
Butiki Teas: I hope you keep this tea available year-round!
I do not like coffee but this chai was not bad. I might pick out the coffee beans and add some more cardamom (I am really starting to like cardamom pods).
Well this is interesting. Earlier I had a chai that was mostly a good base lacking spices, now I have spices lacking a base. I think Chai Amazonia and Pure Chai were meant to be blended together. I will have to try that later.
First time trying guayusa, also first time trying a tea with stevia in it. I added milk but no sweeteners, figuring the stevia would sweeten the tea and it did. Though I think a little honey would have helped make the tea thicker, it is rather thin. I think it’s mental after seeing how green and herbal the tea is, but I keep tasting hints of mint. I do not think there is any mint in this tea.
Still working my way through the Chai Collection. Had this as I usually have my chai, with milk and a little honey.
It’s… well, boring, for a chai. This is the kind of chai my mother would like. If you think chais are too spicy you’ll like this one.
I like my chais more complicated with lots of spice and flavors. This is just black tea with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, I taste cinnamon and a hint of clove. It’s not a bad tea but a dull chai. Think I’ll mix in some cardamom pods and some other spices next time or maybe use it as a base for my Sunday night chocolate chai by adding vanilla and some cocoa.
While I was ordering some of the pumpkin creme brulee my curiosity got the better of me and I ordered some of this tea too. I think this is the most unusual tea I have.
When I opened the bag (cute bags too, btw) I was at first startled by what I thought was some kind of white slug clinging to the inside of the bag just about above the tea. It took me a couple minutes before I realized it was just a piece of pineapple. I felt pretty stupid. Apart from the pineapple pieces being mistaken for slugs by my nearsighted self this tea is very attractive looking; vivid green leaves, little bright pink flowers.
The taste is pretty good, I am not usually a big fan of pineapple but it had a nice taste without that strange mouthfeel eating pineapple or drinking pineapple juice gives me. I did not really notice any creaminess or the cilantro.
Nice to see that I’m not the only one enjoying this tea. It perks my spirits up a little after hearing about what happened in Boston. :(
I recently splurged on 4 ounces of this tea because I love it so much. It’s the perfect blend of black and green, mint and bergamot. Currently keeping it in the bag it came in but am thinking about getting some of those Adagio 4 oz tins.
I no longer add sugar to this tea, just steep it for 2 minutes in 160 degree water and it’s good to go. Thinking it will taste good iced in the summer. I am also beginning to wonder how this tea will taste with a little milk. But it’s so good on its own I do not want to risk spoiling it.
I also still really love the smell of this tea and think it would make a great scent for a body wash.
A pretty basic chai. I thought it seemed a little weak but I have been experimenting with a new mug and having trouble with getting a tea strainer that will fit in it (this new mug has a 3.5" diameter, too wide for my normal tea strainer) I actually used the infuser from my teapot and I think the infuser resting on the bottom of the cup kept gravity from making this tea as strong as I would like it.
I did not notice anything unusual about this chai, maybe more cinnamon taste than most chais I have had.
Wow I really like this one. Has just enough coconut, not overwhelming, you can taste it. And lots of spicyness. It’s just what a chai should be. Also it’s caffeine free so I can drink it whenever I want and not worry about it keeping me up all night.
I like it with milk, honey if I want it sweeter.
I got the Chai Collection from David’s Tea. It’s a lot of fun trying out all these different chais.
The chocolate chili chai was very chocolatey, though not as spicy as I hoped it would be. I think i was expecting it to be closer to Azteca Fire. Maybe I will add a few more spices next time. This tea has a creamy texture.
I went to David’s Tea for the first time the other day. That place is even more fascinating in person than on their website. It was hard not to spend all my money there while rejoicing about not having to pay for shipping. Sadly the only way to get Pumpkin Chai was to buy the Chai Collection, I was hoping that store would have it but they’ve been out for months. Pumpkin chai should be available year round! But I am getting off track, this is the Bollywood Chai I’m reviewing.
I am not sure how hot the water was, though I assume the lady behind the counter went by the recommended water temp. I had it with milk and honey because that’s how I always have my chai. This chai probably could have done with less honey, or no honey at all, I think the fennel and especially the candied fennel seeds made the chai sweeter than I would have liked. If I had made this chai at home I’ll bet I would have picked out the candied fennel seeds and ate them, I like candied anything. Besides being too sweet it was an all right chai, the fennel overwhelmed the other spices until it was all I could taste. It’s not a chai I would buy again but am glad I tried it. Fennel and licorice lovers will like this chai.
It’s been so long since I last posted a tasting note. Class has me so busy lately. sigh
I have been wanting to try this tea for a while, and was surprised to find a tin of it at Ocean State Job Lot. Ocean State’s teas aren’t always the best (Ocean State is a lot like Big Lots) they tend to be old and dried up. So I was worried that I would not be getting the best possible first impression of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea. However the tin must have been well sealed, or the tea fresher than most tea I have found at this store, because it did not taste the least bit stale and has a nice aroma dry.
I steeped it for only 3 minutes but found it on the bitter side. Not too bitter but still a little more bitter than I would prefer my Earl Grey. A shorter steep time might improve the bitterness. I added a little sugar and it was better, bitterness-wise. Also a little milk does not hurt it.
Overall it is a good bagged Earl Grey, a lot of bergamot flavor and a good hint of raspberry. Most flavored Earl Greys do not have enough bergamot to satisfy me but this tea does. I usually wind up not liking raspberry teas but am happy to report that this is one of the raspberry teas I like.
I think this tin was like two bucks, I will have to get back to Ocean State and get some more.
Almost too chocolatey. It tastes a lot like Nature’s Leaf Chocolate Midnight, only not as dark. Not a bad cup of chocolate tea. I might try mixing it with some chai.