113 Tasting Notes
I LOVE THIS TEA!!!
I bought this tea cause i wanted something to mix with my Thai mountain oolong. I love hibiscus tea and citrus so i had to give this one a try. Man does this tea taste great. It has a nice hibiscus floral notes with crisp refreshing citrus.
One thing about this tea though is that it taste better when cooler then warmer. It seems like the hotter the tea is the more overpowered the citrus taste and you don’t get to taste the hibiscus undertones.
How I brew it:
Since i put this in after my oolong is done brewing and the water temperature is lower then normal i brew it longer; I don’t like to brew two teas at the same times, especially when i want to reuse the base tea. For the moment I brew my teas in a glass tea press that holds about 28oz of water. Before I put in this tea I measured the water temperature to see how hot it stays at, which is about 155F.
There is one thing though about the flavor that nobody eles has mentioned. Being a Floridian i know my citrus flavors. I would not describe the flavor as orange, but more a grapefruit flavor. Almost like the kind of grapefruit that gets to be about the size of a small (pretty small) soccer ball and has no bitterness to it. So if you are looking for a strong mandarin orange like flavor, you will be disappointed.
Water Temp: 150-160F
Steep Time: 10 minuets
Tea Base: Thai Moutain Oolong (Teavana)
Sweetener: 1/2 TBL of light Agave OR preferably Orange Blossom honey.
P.S. I have not brewed this tea on it’s own yet. I have ordered some more and will give another review of this tea when steeped with no other base teas.
This was one of the first teas that I got from Teavana. I said I was looking for a coconut flavored tea and was showed this one. When I got it home and brewed it I was at first kinda meh with it. The ginger and cardamon are very strong and over powering, and sometimes had an astringent flavor.
Just as I was about to give up I read a review that said that they brewed a cup with their Keurig coffee maker. Seeing how my parents had one i gave it a try. I put 8oz in the basket and brewed it at the largest cup size from the settings…….
IT TASTED GREAT. There was a stronger and creamier taste of coconut, and the ginger and cardamom were more subdued. I don’t drink it every day but once in a while I get a strong hankering for this.
Overall I would not recommend this to a friend unless they had the Keurig machine. However it is a good tea to have if you want to make a quick cup of tea with the machine…
One thing that made this Chai tea different from a lot of other chai’s I have had is the subtle flavor of it. A lot of the time chai teas have very strong and robust flavors; due to the black tea base and heavy use of strong spices like. However, this one being a mate’ and green rooibos gave a lighter and smoother flavor. The spices used add a nice flavor and zing, and the citrus flavors added a nice tangy flavor without being overpowering. I will say though that i don’t taste the pineapple and almonds much though.
Overall I would say that if you are looking for a light citrus chai tea, this is the one for you…