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I had high hopes for this tea after I smelled it – I thought it might compete with Teavana’s Rose Marzipan for a place in my heart. Well, it doesn’t quite make it but it’s close. I feel like it needs just a little extra something to make it really wow me. It’s sweet and I love the almond with the vanilla peeking out at the end but maybe a touch of maple or something would add that oomph I want it to have. Also, it tastes a little thin but I’m not sure how to change that. I made it strong enough that I can feel the affects of the caffeine so I’m not sure how to make the taste bolder without causing someone at work to beat me with a hole-punch due to hyperactivity.
I’m mixed on this tea. I was expecting the tea equivalent of a kick to the head with stoutness on this one but it turned out not that way at all. Yeah, it’s strong and I can feel the caffeine running through my veins. But taste wise it wasn’t as overpowering as I expected.
But I think I’m going to have to stick to my previous thoughts of just not liking Assam. There is something about Assam… it, to me, tastes like cardboard smells. So I’m drinking this enjoyable tea and then get a ending taste like I licked a shipping box (which no, I don’t do regularly) and the taste only comes up with things that have Assam in them.
So here’s my question: how crazy am I? Is it the maltiness of the Assam that reminds me of cardboard? Or am I just getting bad Assams that actually taste of cardboard?
Bagged teas rarely are going to be as good as loose-leaf varieties, but Republic Chai was disappointingly weak by any standard. There was just no “there” there, if you know what I mean. If you’re hellbent on getting your tea from a bag, Celestial Seasonings (which I associate more with herbal teas than with quality real teas) actually has a pretty good chai that has the requisite spice and which can stand up to milk. If you want the real deal, however, go for the loose-leaf stuff, such as Rishi’s Masala Chai. Or, if you prefer something with a strong cinnamon flavor, rather than cardamon, try Porto Rico Importing’s Chai Tra Que.
I like the aroma a lot. The almond mixes interestingly well with the sweet vanilla smell…but at the end I can’t help but feel disappointed. There’s a little flavor from each of the elements in there; a little black tea, a little vanilla, a little almond – but nothing powerful enough to make a compelling mouthful. It just comes off as a little on the bland side. Maybe more tea, 2 bags instead of one? Maybe a longer steep time? I’m not sure, I’ll have to keep working with this one.
After a horrible night’s sleep, I needed something to really wake me up. I figured this might do it. I brewed it for 4mins and added some milk and sugar. It certainly did the job of waking me up so definite plus. On my first sip, I thought the taste was just okay, but after that, I started to (oddly) get hints of cinnamon or some sort of spice. Good stuff.