94 Tasting Notes
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.
It could use more bergamot, but I say that about almost every Earl Grey tea (the exception being ETS double bergamot, and maybe a few regular Earl Greys) I can’t seem to get enough bergamot.
Very fruity, the blackcurrant comes through clear. Next time I think I will steep it longer because it seemed a little weak at 2 and a half minutes (Or it could be the white tea, I’m not used to white tea and am still developing a taste for it). And maybe add a little double bergamot.
Glad I got this tea. Working on tasting every Earl Grey there is and I think this is my first EG made with white tea.
I finally get to try 52 Teas Pumpkin flavored black. Very excited. Took a break from cleaning my room and I am enjoying every warm sip.
This is some seriously good pumpkin tea. In my top 3 pumpkin teas, much better than Twining pumpkin chai and a close second to David’s Tea Pumpkin Chai. It tastes a little more like pumpkin pie spices than pumpkin but it still tastes like pumpkin which is what makes it so awesome. I had it with a little brown sugar and a dash of cream.
Getting to the bottom of the cup, that was fast. I wonder how the leaves stand up to a second brewing.
Now I gotta try Frank’s other pumpkin teas. I have his Earl Black coming in the mail and can’t wait.
The first time I tried making this tea I got distracted and oversteeped it by 7+ minutes. Needless to say it was bitter.
A while later I tried it again with fresh leaves for about 4 minutes. It was very blueberry-ish. It could use more bergamot but still a good Earl Grey. I am thinking of mixing with with some double bergamot for MORE bergamot, or some EG cream because a creamy blueberry EG has to be awesome.
It is good with milk and some sugar helps bring out the blueberry. I might try an even shorter steep time to see if that keeps the bergamot from being overwhelmed by the blueberry.
I need to get more of this tea, I drank the last of it the other day. Either hot or cold it’s good. No sweetener needed. A great tea to drink late in the day without any caffeine to keep you up.
A lot of cinnamon taste, hints of citrus. The cinnamon is stronger with the second steeping.