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Unlike most chai this tea does not use black tea for a base and instead uses Yerba Mate, which has a higher caffeine content and a slightly toasted flavor. I’ve really been enjoying the strong flavor of cardamom mixed in with the citrus from the lemongrass and toasted notes of the yerba mate. The flavors are different than I’m accustomed to seeing in a chai, but they’re delicious— especially the cardamom.
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My first Nilgiri tea! :) Thank you so much to Nicole for the generous sample! This tea is very nicely balanced, strong and completely smooth. It is not as strong as an Assam, but quite a bit stronger than Darjeelings of course. I wasn’t sure about how to prepare it, so, when I first tried it a few days ago, I steeped it for 3 minutes. I steeped it for 5 minutes today, and I have to say that I am enjoying the longer steeped tea more. The extra time did not make the tea bitter at all…increased the strength nicely while maintaining smoothness.
All the comments on the Ginger thread made me reach for a ginger tea. Hoping that it will be one more trick that I can use to reduce inflammation. Originally tried this in the shop hot but I think I’m going to save it for ice tea occasions. My family really enjoy peach tea so I was happy to find this combination but … I had to sweeten it to win them over. Glad that I did. Since Peaches was listed first in the name, I thought it would be a strong flavor but it proved to be no match for the strong unique taste of ginger.
This smelled awesome at the shop the other weekend, so we picked up 2 oz. I brewed up a pot this morning, and as I sipped, I thought… meh. I didn’t like it unless I sweetened it and even then not much. It wasn’t highly flavored enough for me.
I only finished half the pot, and as I was running out the door to go vote, I literally stuck the rest of the pot in the fridge for when I got home.
Now, as an iced tea – it’s pretty darned good. It’s almost better without sweetener iced, and has a lot more character.
I had this hot, and I thought it was ok. Then I had this iced, and really liked it. I’m surprised, but I’m finding iced green oolong teas amazing lately. As summer is now starting, I think this may be where I get my tea for the hot season. :) Maybe not this green oolong, but definitely other green oolongs.
We tasted this as part of their Tea Basics class. I was disappointed with this blend. I’ve always enjoyed the citrus flavors especially tangerine but this was bitter. The aroma was great so when the acid taste hit my lips I was shocked.
As summer approaches this might be good as sweet tea rather than the traditional tea tasting experience.
I had the opportunity to sample this tea at their Tea Basics class today where I was lucky enough to have my very first Steepster meetup. Thanks out to Wombatgirl for the posting. What great fun and adds just another layer to the tealog experience. The class ended with this tea and it was great. Unlike many cinnamon teas that feel like it is soaked cinnamon bark this was a wonderful blend. Strong cinnamon flavor but smooth like a fine brandy.
Today, I found out definitively this tea is the same as Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon. I had suspected, but it’s good to know for certain. We went to the shop today for some more, and they were out of loose leaf, but had some H&S boxed sachets. As the husband was seriously craving cinnamon tea, we picked it up, and yes-it’s the same tea. Mystery solved!
Oh happy day!
I found this tea under a slightly different name at the World Cup of Tea in Franklin TN. I teased Lena that I was going to have to buy an entire pound of it while I was down there next week. Because I love this tea.
But! I just attended a class at a local tea shop (called Tea Market on 55th and Brookside for any other Kansas City folk on here) which was wonderfully informative AND I found out that they carried the same type of cinnamon tea! Smelled the same, looked the same, and most importantly TASTES the same.
Plus, they’re the type of shop that gives you a tin when you buy over 2oz, so you don’t have to worry about finding another container, etc. Great shop and I LOVE THIS TEA! Very cinnamon, very red-hots-y. I don’t find myself wanting to sweeten it either, which is very odd for me.