Having always drank orange pekoe in bagged form, I was pleasantly surprised with this tea. I expected to need lots of milk (skim) to mask its bitterness, but I was mistaken. Something in this tea gives it an aroma and flavourful taste I never would have expected. I put 1.5 tsp into a pot with near-boiling water for 4 minutes. Be warned though: this tea cannot be resteeped without bitterness, and steeping for more than 5 minutes (I’d recommend 4) gives it an unpleasant aftertaste that one can’t ignore. I’d give it an 85 out of 100, for its very specific steeping needs and its inability to be resteeped. Still a great tea though.
6 Tasting Notes
I was pleasantly surprised with this tea. It came as a sample, and I was finished it within an evening. It’s a good, spicy chai that smells as good as it tastes: a combination of cloves, cinnamon, and other spices I wasn’t familiar with. I’d recommend steeping for five minutes or more (if you like a spicy chai). The leaves can be reused only once without losing taste. I’d give it a 90/100.
This is my favourite tea so far at David’s Tea. The combination of chai and cinnamon makes it more interesting than just pure chai or a cinnamon tea, but the cinnamon sweetens the strong chai taste. I’ve discovered that steeping this tea for 7 minutes at 98 degrees Celcius produces the best end result. Add a single sugar cube to sweeten. I can reuse these leaves once, but the second attempt to resteep them has yet to go well. I’d give this tea a 95 out of 100, only because resteeping the leaves doesnt always work the same each time. I’d recommend letting the leaves dry out a bit before resteeping. That seems to hold the flavour in longer.
this tea is definitely strong. For me, that is a good thing. The guarana gives it that extra kick. It might need a little sugar (I put in a single cube) though, as the guarana gives it a taste that’s more bitter than most chais. It’s strong taste means that I can successfully resteep the leaves at least twice.
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I tried this tea in store so can’t give specifics on the amount of tea used or the temperature at which it was brewed. I allowed this tea to steep for the time it took me to walk from the store to home (about ten minutes), so it was stronger than most might enjoy. It was great for me though, as I really enjoy cinnamon. It has notes of vanilla in the smell, which I think brings out the cinnamon taste. If you simply enjoy a spicy cinnamon, without many additional spices (like the ones in chai), then you’ll like this tea.