I received this today in a packet of teas from K S. This Chai is richer tasting and more aromatic than Twining’s Christmas tea, which is similar. The Christmas tea contains artificial flavors, and tastes somewhat artificial in comparison to this Chai. I can’t really taste the black tea underneath the spices, though I didn’t really expect to with a Chai. Much more flavorful than Numi’s Golden Chai that I drank this morning. I think it is because I can taste all the spices in this Chai: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and cardamom, an not just the cardamom in Numi’s Chai.
141 Tasting Notes
I have this tea almost every day. Adding orange blossom honey really helps bring out the citrus notes.
Somewhat bland – some aroma of lemon and a faint taste of it, even though I steeped it an extra minute beyond the directions. I don’t taste the black tea at all. Real lemon is not used, but soy lecithin instead. I doubt I will finish the cup. It is not offensive, just bland. Apparently today is not a good day for trying new teas. I have liked 0 out of 4 new teas so far, though Numi golden chai was okay.
I can taste the strength and maltiness of the Assam, but the other teas in the blend are drowned out. I don’t taste anything resembling Darjeeling or Ceylon, though it does have some of the smokiness of the Keemun. It is defintely not a naturally sweet tea. It is most similar to Ridgways’ pure Assam, though I prefer that tea to this one.
Tastes like rose water, the flavor overpowers the tea. I could imagine some Victorian ladies or the women of Downton Abbey sipping this at high tea. Not really my cup of tea. Too perfumy.
Mainly I taste the cardamom and cinnamon, very similar to Ahmad’s Cardamom tea. I am surprised that the Assam tea does not come through more. The spices are not particularly bold; I don’t really taste the ginger or anise at all. It is a pleasant cup of spice flavored tea, but it is not really strong enough to be a chai. I drank it with half and half and sugar.
This is my first puerh. I wanted to try an unflavored one first to get a sense of the tea by itself. The bag smells a little bit fishy, but not overpowering, and it continues to smell that way as it is steeping. As the steeping progresses, it smells like dirt. It tastes like a mixture of dirt and a little bit of fish-food, even with cream and sugar. I don’t think I will finish the cup.
Not a bad tea, but not great either. It had the grassy taste of green tea, but some sugar and a teaspoon of acacia honey brought out the lemongrass and ginger flavors. The lemon was the stronger flavor of the two; the ginger lurked in the background, so I added a pinch of ground ginger, which I felt improved the tea and balanced the flavors. I just don’t feel that a tea should need this much doctoring to taste good. It did feel good, however, on my throat, which is still hoarse from a cold.
For a brand that costs only a dollar, this is a fairly good teabag of Ceylon orange pekoe. Nice citrusy flavor, and a little astringent at the finish, but this is typical of Ceylon tea.
I had Twinings Darjeeling a couple times yesterday, and having Bigelows otday, it seems somewhat harsh in comparison. The muscatel flavor is there, but the the natural sweetness of Darjeeling is not. Adding more sugar helps, both in bringing out the flavor and in reducing the harshness, but I prefer Twinings with less sugar.
Good flavor. I can taste both the mint and the chocolate, and yet neither overpower the tea.
Very strong, very malty, unmistakably Assam. If I handed this to someone and did not tell them what it was, they might think it was coffee. Milk and sugar was not enough to tame this beast; it required some agave nectar as well. A definite wake you up kind of tea.
I found this in my mother’s cupboard, so I thought I would give it a try. Tastes like mulled cider lite, as if it were made with bottled apple juice rather than cider. Having said that, it tastes natural, if a little subdued, but then I don’t like it when herbal tisanes are over-spiced. A good drink when you come in from the cold, but then most hot teas are!
Good strawberry flavor. I oversteeped this, so it was a little astringent (It is so easy to get distracted). Nice with a littlel half and half – strawberry and cream – Mmm!
My second cup of this tea. It is not only less citrusy than Twinings Ceylon, it also maltier: perhaps the malty taste covers up the citrus notes.
This has become my regular first cup in the morning tea. I hardly notice the astringency anymore and it has a wonderful rich, malty, full-bodied flavor.
The box does not list the specific fruit flavors, but I can taste banana and pineapple, which appear in a picture on the box. The picture also shows a mango and a pomegranate , but I don’t taste those fruits. The flavors are not overpowering, which was what I was expecting of the banana flavor especially. A pleasant flavored tea.
The taste is natural and enjoyable. The mango flavor is not too strong, but complements the black tea. Ahmad has updated the box, and perhaps the tea as well, since they now call it Mango Magic with real fruit pieces, and list 2% mango in the ingredients.
Much better than their Orange tea; more natural tasting. The flavor is of raspberries and blueberries, in a good ratio. The blueberry gives the raspberry more depth. Another dessert tea, good with chocolate.
Backlogging from earlier today. A standard Ceylon tea, on the same level as Bigelow and Dilmah, not as flavorful as Twinings, and much more astringent at the finish, though no bitterness. I used the teabag version, with milk and sugar.
I oversteeped this bag, but it did not become bitter. Nice citrusy flavor, comparable to Twinings, but with a more astringent finish.
I have a hard time making up my mind about this tea. I don’t generally use cardamon, so I am not used to the taste. It is sweet, but unusual kind of sweet. I can taste both the cardamon and the ceylon tea base, which go together well, but I think I would only drink this if I were eating spicy, especially Indian food.
Very strong aroma as the tea is brewing. Much better taste than Bigelow’s Raspberry Royale – the raspberry flavor is natural, though I do not taste the tea underneath at all. A good dessert tea; it would go well with dark chocolate.
Smooth and sweet, without any bitterness and not much astringency. At the same time, it lacks something – Twinings Ceylon has more citrus notes. As it cooled, however, it began to have some of the floral taste of Darjeeling