9 Tasting Notes
Apparently this is one of Bigelow’s best selling teas ever, and I can see why. I tried it for the first time at church (typical) and found the strong cardamom and orange overtones to the otherwise pleasingly mild black tea addictive. A box of 20 later, this is a permanent member of my cupboard. Some people may want to add cream as it has a bit of Earl Grey-like dry spice to it, but it’s wholly fantastic by itself. I like it strong, so I steep this one about 3 minutes – you can get a nice color at just 2, though.
Flavors: Cardamon, Orange, Spicy
While this isn’t as perfect as using pure black chai and masala spice to taste, it is a reliably delicious easy cuppa. If you’re willing to wait, you can steep a nice cup with very little and get a deep palette of the spices (cinnamon, anise, cardamom, ) and good old black tea flavor. Absolutely recommend for any strong chai lover.
Surprisingly delicious! My mother bought me this because I like ginger tea, and thankfully it makes no attempt at the dark spicy “gingerbread” flavor. It is a clean and refreshing pure ginger flavor with hints of lemon – very subtle. Virtually no sugar required for this beautifully smooth, light tea. (Surprisingly for Bigelow bags, it has a demure golden color to boot!)
I wanted to try a nut-heavy tea, but this turned out to be stronger on the fruit than the nuts. You can taste the smooth darkness of the hazelnut/coconut, but the pineapple and other tropical sweetness is much more powerful. If you like the sound of that, it’s worth a try but I won’t be buying again – the quest for an adequately warm and nutty tea continues! This is a good balance for what it is, though.
This (currently) my favorite tea. The coconut flavor is strong but the ginger and spices come through really well – I’m not sure I detect almond or apple, but the chai type pepper/cardamom/cinnamon mashup is delightful! My husband bought this for me for Christmas and I’ve re-upped twice already
This tea is definitely worth a try, but is not a favorite of mine. I received a free sample of this, and it smells enticing. The taste is similar to the smell: very fresh with fruit hints but without an overpowering ‘tropical’ palette. The chai flavors (cinnamon, anise, clove, etc.) are weak but do round out the tea. Steeps evenly with nice aromas.
As part of an on-going search for a truly good peach tea, I experimented with this one. The peach is strong at first but is quickly replaced a chemical flavor with sweetness to cover it up. Unfortunately the chemical almost dusty sensation continues in a prolonged aftertaste. It is evident that a peach flavoring agent is used rather than any actual dried fruits. Worst of all, there is no ‘cobbler’ to be found. No brown sugar, something to imitate the buttery dough, no sign of it. The hibiscus is ineffective at best, you can barely detect it over the chemical flavor.