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The main flavor is cocoa (not “chocolate” but if you’ve ever tasted unsweetened cocoa powder it tastes like that). The other spices emerge after longer steeping. It’s not what I typically think of as “chai” (which is heavy on the cinnamon and cardamom), but it’s “chai-like”.
If you’re looking for something more chocolatey, try this instead: http://steepster.com/chai-mera/posts/299406
Flavors: Cardamon, Cocoa, Tea
My son had Cub Scouts last night and I didn’t really have time to steep tea for my timolino to take with me. I decided I could take a moment to throw a bag of this in my timolino and go with it. This was the tea that made me interested in flavored teas. I had never had anything like it before.. Flavorful, spicy, sweet. I have always been picky about tea, didn’t drink anything flavored, it was black or C.Seasonings Sleepytime. I was never interested in flavored varieties, hot or cold, but found I loved chai mixes. Maybe that’s why this one struck a cord with me. Much like a chai, but I wouldn’t call it that. It opened my eyes that there were things I might be missing. I googled tea and found Steepster and all of you wonderful folks.. So glad I did! I have learned so much and tried some things I never would have, my range of teas that I will whole heatedly pick up and try without wondering how it’s going to taste or if I’ll like it has opened up vastly… And I’m one that would often have chosen a favorite to avoid disappointment.
I have to say I still enjoy this one, I like both the regular and decaf versions. Strangely, as strong as it is, I love to put it in my thermos or timolino and just leave it there to steep until I’m done. Done that way it gets very rich, spicy, quite sweet. I’m still unsure if they put stevia in this one or if the sweetness Gomes from the spices. Glad to find I still enjoy it and can put it in a container of choice and run out the door..simple goodness. Although I don’t know that I would drink it everyday.
Today is the first day this week we are hoping school will be in session. They have canceled all the other days due to extreme cold and bad driving conditions. Right now school has been delayed 2 hours and we haven’t heard anything more. I now the secondary roads a terribly slick but I think the school administration is ready to get the kids back to school too. I had to take my son to a doctors appointment with me yesterday because of the closing.. Not something I like to do. I’ve been having pain down by my ovary and up my back. They tested for urinary infection and that was fine so I’m expecting a call for a CT scan. It’s a little unnerving not knowing what is causing you pain. I’ve kind of out life on hold today waiting for the phone call. Lots to do, but ready to leave for testing if they say “come in”.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet
One of my favorite teas. I think it was this tea. Good Earth has changed things up a few times over the years. I was first introduced to this tea in January of 1998, before I completely lost my sense of smell. I drove from North Dakota to Minneapolis during some horridly bad weather. I arrived 3 hours late, exhausted from white knuckled driving and my hostess made a pot of this tea. I remember the great burst of delicious cinnamon that scented the air. Drinking it was like drinking liquid red hots. I’ve loved it ever since. Even now, when my sense of smell is completely gone, I can remember how lovely it smelled and I still enjoy it.
This is definitely a comfort tea, to steep all day and drink when I’m out hiking or when I’m not feeling well.
Sadly, today I’m not out hiking. Instead, I have cold #2 for the month.
It’s been steeping about 8 hours, and I love it. Super sweet, cinnamon, a bit of mint, a tiny hint of other spices. Yum.
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Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Maple, Nutmeg, Pepper
My absolute favorite tea. I loved making it as either a hot or iced tea. Unfortunately the company has redesigned the formula for this tea and it seems it doesn’t live up to its predecessor. I’m enjoying my last tea bag and hoping to find another tea similar to its like in the future.
I got excited when I found this on sale for $1.80 a box. I recognized the name and immediately thought “The guys who make Sweet Chai Of Mine!! Awesome!”. But after checking out its profile here on Steepster, I realized this one might not be a winner like the other. Also, it says “Overflowing with pure pleasure” on the packet… that’s awkward.
However, upon opening one of the little pouches, I’m greeted by a very nice aroma. Cinnamon, sweet vanilla, clove, cardamom, ginger root. It actually smells a lot like Sweet Chai Of Mine. Or a cinnamon bun.
The flavor is a little heavy on anise, which I’m not really into. The same goes for the cinnamon, which gives it a Red Hots candy flavor. I’m not getting as much vanilla as I had hoped. The ginger and cardamom are very weak, but present. They add a sort of gingerbread man taste when combined with the vanilla. Anyway, this isn’t a bad chai. It’s just mild and not very interesting. I’ll be happy to finish it, but I know I wouldn’t buy it again.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Vanilla
I consumed many gallons of the original Good Earth tea back in Boulder, Colorado, where I went to college. Way back then, there was even a restaurant by the same name which served this tea and offered free refills. Naturally, I took advantage of the policy…
I found an old box of Good Earth filterbags in my cupboard while moving and was looking forward to a steep-off with Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, because it smells EXACTLY like my memory of Good Earth. Alas, the steep-off will have to wait, as my bags have turned stale and I had to toss the brew…
This is going to be a hard tea to review. But first, I’d like to say that my Hapa-tite tea swap from Hapatite arrived today! Well, yesterday, but I only got it today. I am so excited!! All of the teas look very interesting, and I can’t wait to try them all.
I had arranged to go out for coffee with my partner before the swap package arrived, but wanted to stay in and drink tea instead, so as a compromise I picked this bag out and went for coffee with him, and asked for hot water at the shop.
Like Nicole stated in her review, I wish I’d read the recommendations on here before making this tea! A short steep would definitely have been enough, but as it is, I left the bag in the water for a good 4 or 5 minutes. I had a sugar sachet ready which I definitely did not need, as it was overpoweringly sweet, and actually probably the first tea I’ve had which had lived up to its ‘sweet’ promise. The cinnamon taste is also very powerful, and tiny sips reminded me of cinnamon fireball sweets I ate as a child. However, if you drink this is anything larger than little sips, the flavour becomes seriously strong. I could not believe just how strong it was. By the end of the cup (which wasn’t even that big) my lips were tingling and the inside of my mouth was on fire. This is a seriously intense brew.
I have a feeling it would have been nice had I steeped it only for a short time, and I actually put the teabag in a cup of iced water to see what that would do. The result was a pretty tasty, mild, crisp version of the hot cup I’d just drank. I didn’t think there would be much flavour to it but the same flavours were obviously present, which was good. In the second/cold steep, the sweetness was more apparent than the cinnamon, instead of the other way around, which was definitely better for me. I could also taste the orange a bit this time, which was completely lost in the cinnamon first steep. It’s worth noting that there wasn’t even a hint of black tea in either steep.
I really don’t know how to rate this tea, because if I’d just had the iced version, I would have rated it better than average. However I struggled to finish the first cup so much I actually started to think I was having an allergic reaction because my mouth was burning so bad. I usually go with the rating based on my best experience with the tea, but this time I feel like I have to take the first steep into account. I think it’s going to have to be half way between the two.
Thanks for the try, Nicole! Sipdown.
I wish I would have read the tasting notes for this tea. This tea is similar to Harney & Son’s Cinnamon tea because it is sweet and has a very strong cinnamon flavor. Personally, the tea was too overpowering for me, but I was glad I got to try it from a recent swap with Suziqzer
This was formerly known as Good Earth Original Decaf, and now is called Sweet and Spicy Decaf. It is also available in an organic version. This tea is an old time favorite of mine in the fall and winter season to enjoy at night. It is magnificently warming in it’s perfect balance of being both spicy and sweet, and is much like red chai. It actually warms up my chest, and is so pleasantly sweet that there is no need to add anything to it. I detect mostly cinnamon and orange with a mellow ginger zing. It doesn’t need to be steeped more than a few minutes to get a very full robust flavor. I find Celestial Seasonings “Bengal Spice” to be quite close to this flavor, but I favor Good Earth a bit more.