While perusing the Steep This! website, I knew I had to try this chai. It just looked too different to not try. It has most of the usual suspects (although no ginger) and then they take it through a stroll of a flower garden and add some rose, lavender and jasmine that not only add visual interest as well as make it smell absolutely amazing. The floral notes and the spicy notes are nicely balanced. It doesn’t smell too flowery nor does it smell too spicy … just a really intriguing combination of both.
Those additions also gave the chai a very unusual flavor (unusual for a chai, anyway!) It’s a little spicier than I expected it to taste. I kind of expected the flower to soften the flavors of the spices just as they soften their aroma, but, this tea has got a fiery, pepper kick. The cinnamon is warm, and the cloves and cardamom fill in the background with spice.
The floral tones are not very strong, flavor wise, unless I slurp the cup. This aeration allows the floral notes to express themselves.
Nice … it’s definitely more about the spices than about the flowers, but, the floral notes do manage to make their way through. A really enjoyable cuppa.