90
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
136 tasting notes

This is a black tea blend from Adagio that works for me. In other samplings of their flavored black teas, they always tend to turn bitter. Not this one. I already tested this before joining Steepster and have already purchased a larger quantity. It’s that good (if you like chai teas in general).

Black tea, cinnamon bark, ginger root, dried coconut, lemon grass, cardamom pods and natural coconut flavor.

On first sip, you really notice all the spices, with none really dominating over the other. If I had my way, there would be less ginger, but that’s neither here nor there in evaluating this tea. What sets it apart from a “normal” chai is the lemongrass and coconut. They play a major role in the overall flavor of the tea, and in my opinion make it special. The flavors are strong and yummy, and with the addition of honey, it’s nice and sweet. Would recommend a test to the chai tea lovers out there.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Autumn Hearth

Me thinks you may like Teavana’s Cha Yen Thai (if you haven’t tried it already). Very coconut and anise and just wonderful iced (the only spiced tea I do like iced, it kept me satisfied this summer until I decided it was proper chai spice weather).

Cheryl

Thanks for the suggestion! The rooibos as first ingredient does worry me a bit. Added to wishlist (on site) for now :)

Autumn Hearth

Hmm never noticed that, on the ingredient list or in the taste. I suppose the Zingiber is definitely out of the question then ;) and sorry I didn’t see the notice that you replied before I sent you a message.

Cheryl

Oh, I now see I have mail : ) Ginger and I aren’t friends… tolerable if not booming. I’ve read Zingiber reviews that say ginger does boom, so it isn’t on my wishlist. IF I ever actually visit the closest Teavana in person (Cols), I may try to taste it though (the coconut part compels me, lol).

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Autumn Hearth

Me thinks you may like Teavana’s Cha Yen Thai (if you haven’t tried it already). Very coconut and anise and just wonderful iced (the only spiced tea I do like iced, it kept me satisfied this summer until I decided it was proper chai spice weather).

Cheryl

Thanks for the suggestion! The rooibos as first ingredient does worry me a bit. Added to wishlist (on site) for now :)

Autumn Hearth

Hmm never noticed that, on the ingredient list or in the taste. I suppose the Zingiber is definitely out of the question then ;) and sorry I didn’t see the notice that you replied before I sent you a message.

Cheryl

Oh, I now see I have mail : ) Ginger and I aren’t friends… tolerable if not booming. I’ve read Zingiber reviews that say ginger does boom, so it isn’t on my wishlist. IF I ever actually visit the closest Teavana in person (Cols), I may try to taste it though (the coconut part compels me, lol).

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Originally started testing teas, to replace a lifelong Coke (Coca-Cola) habit. Now I’m just amazed at all the choices. Still in beginner stage of tea education. Until I get really good at iced/cold tea, the Coke habit remains, but is down to a minimum.

My cupboard here on Steepster was ridiculous, containing each and every sample size that I have been accumulating. It now only contains non-sample size teas. Loose leaf outweighs the bagged teas, but it doesn’t look that way by the list (over 100 samples).

I started my tea journey testing flavored teas. My favorites are chai and mint flavored teas, along with Earl Grey. Also like chocolate, caramel, coconut, almond, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and some others. Most flavors are better with a nice black tea base. The mint ones seem best paired with greens. I’m branching out now to unflavored teas and it is way more overwhelming then the flavored category. Phew.

My (grown) son has decided that he wants to try to find tea that he likes too, so I’ll be passing along the ones I don’t care for to him (with instructions to then pass them on to his sister…evil plot? yes!). So I’ve removed my shopping list from Steepster and moved it to a spreadsheet (swaps are out for now). My shopping list had grown to 197! By going through each one, I was able to split that in half (since many were added in beginning, before I knew what I like/don’t like).

While not swapping, if there’s something in my cupboard that you’d like a sample of, please feel free to ask : )

Ratings (for now):
90s: Must have in personal rotation. Crave it.
80s: Makes me a happy tea drinker. Very good. Unsure of long term relationship.
70s: Like this. Will drink what I have (sample/tin/box), but unsure of whether I’d buy again.
60s: Probably a good tea for what it is. Just not to my personal liking.
50s and below: Do not like…at all. Either poor quality, yuck flavor or … (see tealog).

Old (and still current) obsessions: books, music and fragrances. Hopefully my tea collection stays much more “normal” then those. (too late)

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