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40
drank Butterscotch by Chado
58 tasting notes

This tea smells so alcoholic it should have a proof on the bag. Or a warning label.

It tastes like alcohol too, but isn’t bad otherwise. Butterscotch schnapps maybe? It smells good, but potent. Leaves are very dark, clearly soaked in something, and chopped/broken up.

I can’t recommend it. It really tastes like a tea cocktail. I probably could have sold this to my classmates in high school.

(I’m airing out the rest of it in a paper bag in the hopes that the alcohol will dissipate.)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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30
drank Lychee by Chado
58 tasting notes

Perhaps I only like fresh lychee, in cocktails, because that’s the only way I had it before this tea. And I don’t love this tea.

Very mild scent, relatively mild flavor. It tastes kind of like chapstick. More perfumey than fruity. I don’t like it, but it isn’t gross. Just not my thing.

Edited to add: this improves as it cools.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Lavender Earl Grey by Chado
19 tasting notes

Delicious, floral, full bodied, and wonderful with or without milk.

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

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78

Sweet, rich, and delicious. The aroma is delightful with a bit of peachiness. With milk it is a real treat.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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19
drank coconut chai by Chado
19 tasting notes

I love chai. I do not love coconut. This tea just isn’t so awesome for me. It smells like spicy coconut, and if you love toasted coconut you will probably love this tea. If you don’t like coconut, you won’t.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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74
drank Czar Alexander by Chado
19 tasting notes

I love the way this tea smells. It is one to go slowly with because the smokiness with the Earl Grey citrus is really interesting. Pairing it with the white tea really smooths it out in the sip.

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68
drank Casablanca by Chado
19 tasting notes

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67
drank Chado Evening by Chado
19 tasting notes

I like this tea with just a touch of sugar to heighten the rose. Otherwise with milk it’s a delicious pot of well balanced, somewhat mild black tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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89
drank Earl Grey Exotique by Chado
1965 tasting notes

I got this tea a while ago and didn’t even expect that much of it, but it turned out to be really awesome (which cannot necessarily be said of the rest of this company’s tea).

I love the rose and passionfruit in this, and all the flavors just come together well. It’s slightly sweet and very smooth, and the base tea is substantial enough to give it some heft. I still find this very tasty and it’s a nice variant of Earl Grey to have around.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89
drank Earl Grey Exotique by Chado
1965 tasting notes

This morning has not been a good one. I was going to go with a known comforting blend but I couldn’t decide so I thought I would try something new. I got this in a swap with IrishBreakfastLass because she wasn’t fond of it but it seemed right up my alley. Bergamot, rose, passion fruit, vanilla. I have to say, the dry tea smells amazing to me. Strong bergamot, rose, and almost like cookies. Bergamot can have kind of a cakey aroma/flavor sometimes, although it has been a long time since I’ve had a bergamot like that, and that’s what this reminds me of.

The steeped tea retains it’s lovely aroma. Now I think I can discern the vanilla, which adds to the cookie-ish aroma. And when I inhale really deeply I can also make out the passion fruit under there.

Mmm, this is definitely the tea for me, and boy did this swap really work out! :D I find this tea incredibly delicious. It tastes like a blend from Dammann Frères, which is really one of the best compliments I can give it (it’s somewhere between Coquelicot Gourmand and 7 Parfums). It’s one of those blends that is so thick with flavors that it is hard to tear them apart, but they are so delicious together you don’t need to. Bright, citrusy bergamot is the most prominent, and then I can detect luscious rose (which I don’t find to be that strong), a hint of vanilla and a lingering bit of passion fruit, all of which add up to make something like a bergamot cookie (somehow). Love it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Smooth and it not only smells like wine, but kind of tastes like it too! Also a beautiful dark infusion! My son picked this out at the LA Tea Festival last year and I must say, he has good taste! :-)

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80

This is a really good one. It’s not bitter in the slightest, and there’s cinnamon and pumpkin flavors that are prominent. Nice full mouth flavor. Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Wedding Chai Tea by Chado
787 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample IrishBreakfastLass! This one smells very rich in the bag. I wasn’t sure if I was feeling a chai this morning but this is definitely wonderful. The weather is windy, knocking walnuts off the tree onto the roof scaring the heck out of my cat. It’s cold and cloudy too :/ But I feel that this tea fits.
Anyways… This is a very light chai. I like that I can taste the black tea base through the chai. Or is it I can taste the chai through the black tea? The vanilla is very light as well. This was perfect for the first morning cup! Light and soft :] Thanks again!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Sencha Ragi by Chado
37 tasting notes

One of my favourite senchas so far.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C

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92
drank Mate Carnival by Chado
787 tasting notes

Sample sipdown today!! This is #1. The aroma is interesting. It smells like coffee and roasted mate. And that’s exactly how it tastes too. But there is a nice hint of sweetness. MMMM

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92
drank Mate Carnival by Chado
787 tasting notes

Made a nice pot of this tonight. Toasty and sweet :)

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92
drank Mate Carnival by Chado
787 tasting notes

Thank you IrishBreakfastLass! I was so excited when I learned I was getting this in the swap! The ingredients made it sound so interesting. This reminds me of coffee. It’s warm and slightly sweet. I agree that it would make a fantastic coffee replacement. Thank you again!! :]

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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81

This is a nice one. It’s not too strong, no astringency really. A sweet, slightly fruity note, full-bodied. Not one of my favorites, since it’s pretty middle of the road black tea nothing special, but a good stand-by.

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87
drank St. Marc by Chado
68 tasting notes

This stuff was good. It seems to be Chado’s answer to Mariage Frère’s Marco Polo. They aren’t quite the same, but it’s the same sort of notes.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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96

I’m getting sick, and so this tea comes out in my search for something, anything, to help with my throat! I remember exactly why I love this tea when I open the packet, and I can barely wait as I’m putting on the kettle and then subsequently waiting for the steep. I got a little sidetracked after putting it in to steep though, and left it probably 10 minutes or so. Even with such a long steep, it’s wonderful! The strong citrus smell is almost exactly what you taste when you sip it. And all that vitamin C will surely help with fighting off whatever this is I’ve got. Also, the Chado website suggests that it will help with depression and chronic headaches. I’m hoping it will get me out this funk I’m in, regardless.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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96

Backlog from last night! I had been neglecting some of the teas in my cupboard, and this was one of them. I totally forgot how wonderfully lemony and sweet this one was. It’s delicious, and totally what I think of when I think of lemon tea. I like to put a bit of sugar, and it transforms this into a kind of lemony dessert, like lemon meringue pie or lemon candies. Yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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96

After already trying several other rooibos and really only caring for the chai one, I was skeptical about trying this one. But I needed a no-caff tea for the evening, and didn’t want to use up the last bit of my sample of rooibos chai from Upton. So out came this very generous sample. This tea smells absolutely gorgeous(can a smell be gorgeous?)! It is a strong citrus, but not the candy kind, more of the peel- that nice bitter acidic smell. I cannot smell any rooibos in this one at all at first. Steeping, I start to smell the rooibos, and now I’m a little worried that it won’t taste as great as it smells, but I leave it for the time prescribed(7 minutes) and return when the timer goes off. The first sip is definitely rooibos-like, but the more I drink, the less rooibos I get, and the more citrus there is. It’s wonderful. I put in a couple of sugar cubes to see if I could brighten it up a little, and it works wonders. I really like this one! This one could be a candidate in my night-time line up for sure. It’s definitely helping with this sore/scratchy throat- lemon is one of my go-to flavors when I’m sick, and they aren’t joking about the high lemon content in this one. It’s very nice. No sourness that I can find(before the sugar of course, and certainly none after). It’s overall a pretty good cup! And it’s a rooibos, which is a bonus for me! This one is going on the Chado shopping list too, it looks like!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec
MissMylin

This sounds delicious! I’m going to have to get my hands on some soon :)

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42

I got this sample in yesterday, and I could smell it before I even opened the box! It’s a very sweet fragrance, and it smells exactly the same when brewing. The taste, with no additives, is heavy and complex. I taste the rose, maybe a bit of vanilla, but I think I’m mostly getting the passion fruit flavoring and the rose. There is no bitterness, and very little astringency, if any. It’s ok, but not something I’d seek out. The rose is a bit off-putting for me, and combined with the strong scent, it’s just not my thing. It’s quite possible that the addition of sugar could save it, though.

A spot of sugar does seem to lighten it up a bit, but I think it brings out the rose even more. I am getting a touch of black tea now, though. I think this must be one of those things where you either love it or you don’t. I may try it again, but I’m definitely not loving it right now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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72

Upon opening the packet, the first scent that hits me is… Thin Mints? I dunno, I’m getting a chocolaty minty scent. And when I pour the water over the tea, I get a scent of rice. Just plain rice.

First taste, plain- I’m getting a bit of astringency, but it’s a nice, full-mouth, stout flavor. I always take my chai with milk and sugar, so…
Hmmm… I’m getting less chai, more black tea…. the addition of another sugar cube or 2 really brings out the subtitles of this tea. No more minty scent, only a lovely, soft vanilla fullness. Pretty good, though not quite what I expected. Still a lovely cuppa!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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