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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
57 tasting notes

I prepared this as a cold brew and liked the spices. There’s a nice earthiness, a depth you often don’t get with Chais, which are frequently cinnamon heavy—maybe because cinnamon is cheap and other spices are pricier. This had a nice balance, seeming so homogenous that nothing really stood out at first. I found it amiable enough though and had happily guzzled through half the supply my big sis had sent me when she called.

When the conversation came around to teas, I mentioned that I was sampling this one, which is a favorite of hers. She asked how I liked it, learned I was drinking it cold brewed, and took me to task. It seems this stuff is meant to warm body and spirit in the dead of winter. Fortunately, I had some left and promptly followed her suggestion to try it hot.

Warming this tea up really brought out it’s character. Normally, I favor cardamom as the topnote in my spicy chais but when I drank this brew, I could taste a sweetness at the back of my throat whenever I swallowed. That’s a characteristic of licorice root. I love a good licorice (not the same as anise) and found it to be a very pleasant variation to the usual cinnamon or cardamom topnote of most other chais..

The heat brought other flavors to the fore and I was introduced to it‘s warming aspect. Intrigued, I tried it hot and added coconut milk and sugar. It would appear there was a LOT of spice that was lost in translation when I cold brewed this. I’m picking up hints of ginger and cayenne and feeling all warm and tingly on this rainy morning. MMMMM MMMM.

I need to pay better attention to my samples and give them the full workup as some blends are significantly different hot or cold. I nearly missed out on the best part of this. Warming it up brought it from just ok to spectacular. Next time, I’ll remember to drink this one hot.

Terri HarpLady

Nice review, Sis! I’m still hoarding a small stash of this one!

Sil

i’m glad she made you brew this hot! This is a fantastic blend..i’m still hoarding the small bit terri was awesome enough to send me after i used all mine up!

Terri HarpLady

I think David will eventually re-release it, with a different shu. I noticed it’s not on the ‘archived’ list, it’s on the ‘out of stock list’. Keeping fingers crossed!

Sil

that should be FAAAAAANTASSTIC! otherwise i task YOU with the job of making it.

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Terri HarpLady

Nice review, Sis! I’m still hoarding a small stash of this one!

Sil

i’m glad she made you brew this hot! This is a fantastic blend..i’m still hoarding the small bit terri was awesome enough to send me after i used all mine up!

Terri HarpLady

I think David will eventually re-release it, with a different shu. I noticed it’s not on the ‘archived’ list, it’s on the ‘out of stock list’. Keeping fingers crossed!

Sil

that should be FAAAAAANTASSTIC! otherwise i task YOU with the job of making it.

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