190 Tasting Notes
I really like this tea, especially in the fall/winter. The chocolate, caramel, and spice flavors come out nicely with a bit of milk and sugar or honey. I brew this with 2 bags in a large mug, leaving room for a bit of milk (probably 10 oz water), and maybe brew a little longer than 5 minutes. I haven’t ever noticed it to get bitter.
I prefer this to Celestial Seasonings’ regular chai – this one just has more flavor, and the spices seem to come through better. The black tea flavor probably does get lost, but I don’t care because the end result is delicious. :)
Pretty good. I would steep it a little more concentrated than usual, and not for too long – it seems to get a little weird with oversteeping. The tangerine flavor is nice, but I think I’m a little tired of the “zinger” flavor, whatever it is, because I’m kind of dragging to get to the end of the box.
Great combination of lemon and ginger flavor. This is a great tea for when you have a cold – the ginger makes you feel a bit less stuffy. It’s been a while since I had it, but I think longer steeping times increased the ginger flavor without anything getting weird. I have wished that stash had a plain ginger herbal tea, though, as I get tired of lemon flavor sometimes.
I really enjoy this tea. It is definitely spicy – perhaps the spiciest I’ve ever had. It’s not something I crave every day, but it doesn’t disappoint when I’m in the mood for something spicy and sweet. No sweetener required. I would recommend steeping for 4 minutes at most – some of the spices overpower the more delicate flavors if you steep for too long.
Delicious! I could detect both cinnamon and plum very well, and it makes a well-flavored cup. One neat thing about this tea – when you steep it, it forms a red and a blue layer. Take a look before you stir it up! (of course, this might happen with other teas too, I haven’t paid that much attention) One warning, though – don’t add soy milk! It completely separated out. Gross! I’m not sure if that happens with dairy milk too.
This is my go-to black tea when I’m overwhelmed by all the choices in the grocery store. I go through periods of drinking it every morning when I’m in a no-frills mood. The price is right, and the flavor is really good. It is strong and smooth with a little bit of a dry taste, but not bitter. I’m sure I’ve steeped it for way too long many times, too, and it never seems to taste off. It is nice with a little bit of milk/soy milk and sweetener, if you like.
I picked out this tea because of the smoky flavor, but I’ll admit I was a bit alarmed when it seemed to make my whole kitchen smell like campfire the first time I brewed it. Don’t be alarmed; while the smell is quite smoky, the flavor is smooth and strong, not overly smoky. The scent did seem to linger in the kitchen, though, and I definitely smell this tea when I open the tea cabinet even though the bags are individually wrapped. If strong scents bother you, you should probably skip this one. Definitely a distinctive tea – not one I go for every day.