33 Tasting Notes
I think this is the kind of tea you either love or hate. Some people have commented that was too strong. For starters, no one should be buying Celestial Seasonings if they don’t like their tea strong! I found the tea enjoyable, though I may steep it a little less next time. Maybe it’s because my taste buds are so adapted to chai tea that spices aren’t as overwhelming as they once were. Simply put, this is a tea for people who like strong spicy teas. It wasn’t as good as other teas I’ve had, but it certainly wasn’t as bad as I feared from some of the comments here.
Note: This review is for the bagged version.
First off, I’m not much for ‘plain’ teas. Even Irish or English Breakfast teas are rather on the plain side, and I enjoyed them better. Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with the tea; I think it’s just my taste in tea. I’m more into spicy or fruity teas rather than traditional blends. Perhaps it would be better with lemon instead of milk.
This is one tea you may want to leave steeping in your cup as you’re drinking it. I usually do that, putting too much creamer in it on purpose so it will balance out in the end. I just started doing it because it seemed like my usual steeping time was never long enough. But then I’m one that likes chai on the strong side.
I wouldn’t have guessed grape, but now that it’s mentioned I do taste a bit of a grape-like flavor. I am having it with milk and sugar, so that might cover it over rather than bring it out. I’ve had Darjeeling three times and I’ve never been particularly impressed. Still it’s a good tea to go to when I’m tired of fruity or spicy teas, but still want something that isn’t plain.
A bit bitter, and pretty weak too. I’ve had this tea for a while and I never drink it. I was hesitant to even try any other kind of green tea until I had Japanese Green Tea. This pales so much in comparison! It probably could be doctored, I suppose. Either way I won’t be drinking it again. Maybe I’m just not a green tea person.