1344 Tasting Notes
While in Edmonton the past few days, Remedy Cafe’s Kasmire Chai (their spelling) has come up several times as a ‘must-try’. So today I found one said café (there are three in town), that happens to be just a few blocks from my hotel. I arrive, ask about the chai, and if I can buy some to take home with me.
“No, it’s a super-secret recipe, and it’s simmered for days in-house only”.
Well, crap. So I vow to come back after dinner – they’re open until midnight on a Sunday!! – and try out this infamous chai. I see signs on the walls saying it’s decaf and has nuts (pistachios) in it as warnings. Most of the people in the place are ordering/drinking the chai, and it’s surprisingly busy.
When I return, I order it “normal” (normal milk and sweetener). I find out later I can have it with several different types of milk, and any variation of sweetness. I do find it too sweet with the simple syrup used, but otherwise? Wowza.
I can see rose petals in the liquid itself, and eat them – surprising for me since I normally avoid rose petals in tea. I can also see and eat chunks of pistachios in every sip, which seem to add to the experience in very good ways. The rest I can only guess – I’m thinking standard chai spices, zero tea. Some call it “spicy” and while I can see why they’d say that (there is a lot of spice in this) it’s a 1 on a scale of 1-10 for spicy heat, like chili’s.
I really, really wish I could get some to take home with me, it’s that good and unusual. I may need to try and see if I can concoct something similar at home.
Wow. This is one delicious green rooibos. It’s kinda, sorta, blowing my mind in fact, and wondering how on earth I can get some more – it being an in-person only, California blend and all. Perhaps the next time I’m in San Franciso, I need to go grab, oh, a retarded amount, and ship it back home to myself?
It smells divine, it tastes just like Honeydew, and I could easily have this in my regular rotation on decaf teas.
Thank you to jump62359 for sharing this with me!!
I bag for 12 oz.
Grabbed a small pouch of this to try, along with some others in J-Tea’s lineup. This tea was the main reason I made an order, and so it made sense it’s also the first I’m trying.
And.. wow. It’s like pu-erh candy. It’s still a pu-erh, however it’s faint and definitely in the background. I get more wine candy, red berry richness, something tannin, woodsy (in a rich, chocolatey way, not a rooibos way). I have some red wine here, and this tea is considerably sweeter and more full bodied, which surprised me. I do get the pu-erh coming through the more it cools, and it adds an earthy, sharp, mineral taste. It’s almost too sweet with added sweetener.
And.. wow. It’s like pu-erh candy. It’s still a pu-erh, however it’s faint and definitely in the background. I get more wine candy, red berry richness, something tannin, woodsy (in a rich, chocolatey way, not a rooibos way). I have some red wine here, and this tea is considerably sweeter and more full bodied, which surprised me. I do get the pu-erh coming through the more it cools, and it adds an earthy, sharp, mineral taste. It’s almost too sweet with added sweetener.1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
Flavors: Berries, Honey, Tannin, Wood
The first of the reblends for…. a while now… that I juts plain love. Or, maybe it’s a new tea? I’m having mind melt. Anyway. It’s very good, just like a root beer float, and so much so i think i may need to try this with the Soda Stream.
Brewed this up much earlier today and only got to it now. I found this a bit weak, honey-like and surprisingly sweet. I may have under leafed it slightly by accident, and thus the weak bit.
Huge thanks to OMGsrsly for sharing this slice of Vancouver Island awesomeness with me!