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drank S'mores Chai by 52teas
1088 tasting notes

I actually tried my first cup of this on Saturday night, I think, although it looks like I didn’t get around to logging it. Anyway, I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it, but I’ll have to try another cup to be sure. I brewed this as a latte, with a long brew for the leaves and plenty of milk. The spices are the first thing I could taste, followed by an intensely chocolatey taste (like a brownie…), a touch of smoke, and then the tiniest hint of creamy marshmallow. I was sort of expecting the spice to be one of the later flavours to develop, which is probably why I’m not 100% sure I like it. I do like the combination of fudgey chocolate, smoke, and sweet marshmallow, but the “chai” aspect really seems to dominate. Part of me wonders what I expected, because this is a chai blend…but another part of me insists that the flavour should present itself first, and then the chai as a base.

I’m going to have another cup of this before I rate it, just to clarify me feelings on the taste.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 26, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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