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drank Chocolate Chai by sTEAp Shoppe
673 tasting notes

500th Review…Woo Hoo! Tooting My Own Horn!

In less than a year I’ve consumed a great deal of fantastic tea! There was a little barfy tea in the mix now and then, especially in the beginning when I didn’t really know what I was doing.
Even now I screw up.
Oh go on…don’t tell me that you never make tea and forget about it?
“OH NO”…you shriek…“It’s the good stuff!” Proceeding to add water or sugar and milk to dilute your tea enough to still drink it. You WILL drink the tea if it KILLS you.

Selection of a tea for ‘Review 500’ has been difficult.
What tea would I pick? My favorite? A tea I’ve been saving for a special occasion?
Sigh…and more sigh’s.

I had just received a reblend sample of the Chocolate Chai from sTEApShoppe to try this week.
You may remember that many of us on Steepster participated in taste tests for sTEApShoppe on two Sunday afternoons, the last of which was in October.
Janet (the owner) kindly sent out samples of several tea’s and then we reviewed them at a set time here on Steepster letting her know what we thought of the tea.

But what happened after that?

Janet has been busy. She listened to what everyone had to say and has made some changes. This Chocolate Chai is one of the tea’s that I wasn’t too excited about originally. I think it’s way better
now though!

The new formulation has been warmed with fennel and the licorice has been removed. There’s lots of cocoa nib, some maple sugar and a mix of spices that gives a good bite to the Chai.
I’m not a person who would drink a Chai without adding milk because Chai is a strong brew. Milk was wonderful in this tea as expected, but the best thing was adding a little honey. OH YUM! Now that was the bomb!

Today being Thanksgiving Eve…my home is filled with the scent of yams and apples that I’ve been roasting…brown sugar and Vietnamese cinnamon. My house smells good!
Chocolate Chai with Milk and Honey…what more could I want?!

If you tasted the previous version of Chocolate Chai and said meh…give the new one a try. It’s not for the faint of heart though. This is real deal spicy Chai!
Ginger, Clove, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cocoa nibs, Fennel, Nutmeg,
Two types of tea, Maple Sugar…oh…and all ORGANIC. (Well you know how Janet is about ORGANIC!)

I picked Janet’s tea because she’s the ‘Little Engine That Could’
and get’s that award from me. It’s not easy to kickstart a tea company by yourself.

Thank you to everyone for helping me get to review 500, for following me for selecting the like heart and making comments
that have made me feel as though I matter. You’ve kept me from true loneliness many times!

Invader Zim

Congrats on 500 Bonnie! Keep it up, I love reading your reviews and the stories you share!

DaisyChubb

Yum Bonnie! Congrats – toot toot! :D

Scharp

Congratulations on the 500th review!

Claire

Congratulations Bonnie on 500 reviews! I’m looking forward to reading 500 more. :)

momo

Happy 500!

Sil

Way to go Bonnie! 500 fantastic reviews from you!

PatchworkSheep

Happy 500!!!

Ninavampi

Wow!!! 500! Congrats! Time has flown!

ashmanra

Happy 500 and Happy Thanksgiving!

mrmopar

way to go we look forward to the next 500!!! keep going!!

CrowKettle

Happy Thanksgiving and Congratulations on 500! I look forward to reading all the delicious recipes and wonderful stories yet to come. :)

JacquelineM

Yay, Bonnie! Here’s (at least!) 500 more!

Hesper June

Happy 500!!! And I hope you have beautiful Thanksgiving with your family.

Helena

Happy 500! and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Bonnie

Happy Thanksgiving back and thank you all for the kind wishes!

Bonnie

Wow…I see that my daughter Annalisa hit the ‘like’ button…
thanks daughter!

Londo Mollari

Wow, congrats! 500 reviews in less than a year? I wouldn’t have time to …err … well, tea goes in… Seriously though, congratulations and thank you. I always enjoy your stories and descriptions.

Nik

Congratulations, Bonnie. =) Thank you for all that you share with us. It sounds like this blend is much improved and I can’t wait to try it.

TwoDog2

500 reviews! Here is to the next 500 :)

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Invader Zim

Congrats on 500 Bonnie! Keep it up, I love reading your reviews and the stories you share!

DaisyChubb

Yum Bonnie! Congrats – toot toot! :D

Scharp

Congratulations on the 500th review!

Claire

Congratulations Bonnie on 500 reviews! I’m looking forward to reading 500 more. :)

momo

Happy 500!

Sil

Way to go Bonnie! 500 fantastic reviews from you!

PatchworkSheep

Happy 500!!!

Ninavampi

Wow!!! 500! Congrats! Time has flown!

ashmanra

Happy 500 and Happy Thanksgiving!

mrmopar

way to go we look forward to the next 500!!! keep going!!

CrowKettle

Happy Thanksgiving and Congratulations on 500! I look forward to reading all the delicious recipes and wonderful stories yet to come. :)

JacquelineM

Yay, Bonnie! Here’s (at least!) 500 more!

Hesper June

Happy 500!!! And I hope you have beautiful Thanksgiving with your family.

Helena

Happy 500! and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Bonnie

Happy Thanksgiving back and thank you all for the kind wishes!

Bonnie

Wow…I see that my daughter Annalisa hit the ‘like’ button…
thanks daughter!

Londo Mollari

Wow, congrats! 500 reviews in less than a year? I wouldn’t have time to …err … well, tea goes in… Seriously though, congratulations and thank you. I always enjoy your stories and descriptions.

Nik

Congratulations, Bonnie. =) Thank you for all that you share with us. It sounds like this blend is much improved and I can’t wait to try it.

TwoDog2

500 reviews! Here is to the next 500 :)

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Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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