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Good with honey, sugar, cream, and or straight. To me, every ingredient highlights the other: the chai spices complement the coconut, and the coconut really brings out the malty, chocolate like body of the Assam. As with any Zhena’s, you need to go through the tin pretty quickly to get the fuller flavor. This tea is very sweet, and pretty strong, so it’s astringency can be overwhelming if accidentally over steeped. When brewed in around three minutes, it’s smoother.
Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coconut, Dates, Malt
I really like this tea. I love the sweet, light plum flavor, and the floral creaminess from the green and white tea. This one always helps me distress with the just the right amount of sweetness to not add any sweetener. I should note that I like more natural sweetness from flavoring over sugar itself, so sugar might be needed for some to full enjoy it. There are times were I added sugar and honey to help out the flavor for a greater craving, but normally I drink it as is. I do recommend to go through this tea quickly after buying it, because the flavors do not keep very long which is one of my main complaints about this tea in particular. Worth the price when on discount.
Flavors: Cream, Licorice, Plums, White Grapes
One of my favorites from the sample pack. The raspberry is actually pretty good against the bergamot and black tea, and the body is nice, full and sweet. I personally would not drink it every day, but something to indulge in every once in a while. That’s why it’s great with the sampler pack: it adds diversity with the Egyptian Mint, Ambrosia Plum, and Italian Chamomile. Personally, though, I prefer the Coconut Chai Black. Otherwise really good for raspberry lovers.
This tea has one of those problems that a lot of teabags has, a slightly dusty aroma of paper and well, tea dust. Aside from that, is smells quite peachy and sweet with a tiny bit of woodiness. Looking at their website it does not seem they make this one anymore, I don’t even remember how I got a bag of this :P Maybe I should start dating my notes…but my photos have dates soooo…anyway.
Once the bag is steeped, the aroma of sweet peach and ginger mix with some malt and citrus, it was pretty real smelling peach too which was nice. The taste was a blend of ginger, lemon, peach, and generic black tea. It is not bad, kinda bland, but not bad, I would not run screaming if it were offered again!
A really nice, strong chai. I’m on my third infusion and just don’t taste the coconut, though – it seems the spice is overpowering it! I probably would have rated it higher if the coconut came through a bit more. Not sure if it’s just this batch or I’m just not picking up the coconut that other people can taste.
I’m not entirely sure what I was drinking, but it was pleasant. It had the scent of coconut, of that I’m certain. There was also a pleasant ginger taste and a very mild green tea back there somewhere. I wouldn’t call this a chai, but it memorably enjoyable.
I’d like to see this sold in individually wrapped bags, mostly because this is exactly the sort of tea I’d only want to drink once every month or so, and the tin isn’t as airtight as I’d like.
I finally found it! On a shelf tucked away in a Home Goods store. I thought I would have to order it online if I really wanted it that badly, but I got lucky.
The first thing that’s a little disarming to me is the fact that there is no actual hazelnut in the ingredients list. Interesting…
It definitely smells like sweet hazelnut after it steeps. When I sip, I get a lot of cinnamon, cloves, and orange, with a nutty, creamy mouthfeel, hint of hazelnut in the finish. Can’t taste the licorice, thank goodness. Very smooth, very rich. Very enjoyable.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Hazelnut, Nutty, Orange Zest, Spices, Sweet
This wasn’t TOO terrible, but honestly, I like Sleepytime Extra better.
It certainly made me sleepy (yay Valerian) but I didn’t get much coconut. I got kind of an artificial vanilla taste followed by some natural herbal-y sweetness, probably from the chamomile. Tasted a bit like a Lip Smacker— anyone remember those?
Kind of lackluster and not that yummy overall flavor-wise, but for $5, what did I really expect. At least it fulfills its intended purpose, which is to help me sleep when I’m anxious.
Flavors: Artificial, Herbaceous, Sweet, Vanilla
Still not getting a lot of the flavoring in this one. I think chai masalas just work better with black tea. It’s a nice idea in theory, and it does make for a nice bedtime cuppa, and there is a faint hint of caramel and cinnamon and maybe vanilla in the aftertaste, but it’s pretty underwhelming, by and large.
I was a little underwhelmed by this one. The caramel is there, but it is very light and is most prevalent in the aftertaste.
I think it’s because it’s a rooibos base. It would probably be stronger if the base were a black tea, like an Assam.
Notes of vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and the whisper of ginger also present.
This is the last remains of a sampler gift set. It tastes like a mint blend with a lingering bitter aftertaste. No actual green tea flavor. If the stevia is supposed to sweeten, it’s not working. It’s … okay, not amazing. I can’t think of any situation where I would actually /want/ a caffeinated mint tea instead of a legit black or green, and if I wanted a sweetener I’d rather add it myself.
Don’t take it personally, Zhena’s, your other teas are very nice.
EDIT: Another reviewer suggested putting a tea bag in a bottle of cold water. I can see that possibly working.
Flavors: Bitter, Mint