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First, for technicalities, Upton now calls this “Hearthside Chai” and it appears to be limited edition.

It’s a chai kind of night. Chai is something I can usually count on liking. For those of us who like the chai spices, it’s usually a matter of trying to find the perfect blend for our own personal preferences. Upton has already won me over with their Tropical Chai Spice, but there’s always room for more favorites in this category : )

Ok, the smell of this one is wonderful. It smells like it has vanilla (but does not, and doesn’t come through on the taste either). First sip, I’m thinking about a friend who likes her chai spices to be very mild. For me, I want a little more pow. The flavors are very well blended. Can detect the licorice, cinnamon isn’t dominating (common) and it’s a nice “mild” blend. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is worth a test (but hurry, it’s limited) : )

Does anyone know whether this is seasonal (will be back next year?).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

That is the first time I noticed this one was limited. In the past, when I have seen a product get like this, it could mean that is all they will have until the next batch, or it could mean they will not have it again….. I would email and ask if you want to know for sure. They are very helpful and respond pretty quickly.

Cheryl

Hmmm, that’s possible (that they are just running low). I did order more of the Tropical Chai that you knew I was going to like (and the Vanilla and EG Vanilla that I also liked). This is probably not going to be one I order, but did notice that you liked it a lot (if you’re low…).

SimplyJenW

I am pretty good for now…I haven’t been on a huge chai kick, lately, but maybe that will change! I actually like the Tropical one very much, too, so I would not be opposed to ordering that one if they run out of this one.

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SimplyJenW

That is the first time I noticed this one was limited. In the past, when I have seen a product get like this, it could mean that is all they will have until the next batch, or it could mean they will not have it again….. I would email and ask if you want to know for sure. They are very helpful and respond pretty quickly.

Cheryl

Hmmm, that’s possible (that they are just running low). I did order more of the Tropical Chai that you knew I was going to like (and the Vanilla and EG Vanilla that I also liked). This is probably not going to be one I order, but did notice that you liked it a lot (if you’re low…).

SimplyJenW

I am pretty good for now…I haven’t been on a huge chai kick, lately, but maybe that will change! I actually like the Tropical one very much, too, so I would not be opposed to ordering that one if they run out of this one.

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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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