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drank Chai Guarana by DAVIDsTEA
1258 tasting notes

this was unexpectedly delicious!!!
I’m rather skeptical about Chai in general… having had so many that did nothing for me but the ingredient list seemed pretty benign and so I gave it a shot.
With some agave and heaps of milk, this was just the kind of chai I enjoy. It reminds me of the cuppas I’ve had in Indian restaurants to close the meal. The spices were perfectly balanced, with none of them poking out or lacking.
I did however, see a note in someone else’s review about it seeming a bit thin, and I think I know what they mean.
Initially, I had hoped to get a second steeping out of this, but as I moseyed on to work, taking random sips here and there… I kept thinking “just another minute steeping and it will be poifect!” (yes I’ve taken on an accent, in my head)
but oddly, that minute never seemed to end!
Which is super strange because I typically enjoy my teas on the weaker side…
I suppose it was my conditioning learned in Indian food houses that’s taught me to relish a strong cup in my chai???
Nonetheless, I love this one anyhow. Even moreso because it tasted just like “chai” without the hassle of making it into a bonafide latte! I mean, I’m sure it would be incredible as one, but I couldn’t seem to tell the difference so… shrugs
If it wasn’t for my tea buying ban (which I broke today. Bad IndigoBloom, bad!) I could seriously see myself buying some up for the cupboard!!
Disclaimer: I do have a bit of head cold going on. It’s no doubt affecting my senses!

Tina S.

This is one of my two favourite chais at Davids, I’m so glad you liked it!! :D

Indigobloom

hehe me to! :P

Anthony Bazic

really need the boost!

TeaBrat

Your tea buying ban lasted longer than mine did. :)

cteresa

Does it have guaraná in it? It might be interesting – not sure if in good or bad way. But guaraná in tea, hmmm.

Indigobloom

Anthony: it gives a really big boost!!
Amy: well atleast I made some progress in my sample pile :)
Cteresa: it does, and it seems to work for me! not sure if my tastes are similar to yours?

cteresa

Guaraná for me is mostly associated with the fizzy drink (it´s dunno sort of what Irn Bru is in Scotland, Guaraná is for brazillians. I am not brazillian but when i think of guaraná I think of the bottles in the supermarket aisles). Caffeine yeah and that taste but the health-food claims are well not something I associate personally. Putting in tea is a pretty interesting idea though!

Indigobloom

I’ve had the soda version, it’s pretty good!! I’ve seen it in a few teas. I guess it’s a new trend. One I likey!!!

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Tina S.

This is one of my two favourite chais at Davids, I’m so glad you liked it!! :D

Indigobloom

hehe me to! :P

Anthony Bazic

really need the boost!

TeaBrat

Your tea buying ban lasted longer than mine did. :)

cteresa

Does it have guaraná in it? It might be interesting – not sure if in good or bad way. But guaraná in tea, hmmm.

Indigobloom

Anthony: it gives a really big boost!!
Amy: well atleast I made some progress in my sample pile :)
Cteresa: it does, and it seems to work for me! not sure if my tastes are similar to yours?

cteresa

Guaraná for me is mostly associated with the fizzy drink (it´s dunno sort of what Irn Bru is in Scotland, Guaraná is for brazillians. I am not brazillian but when i think of guaraná I think of the bottles in the supermarket aisles). Caffeine yeah and that taste but the health-food claims are well not something I associate personally. Putting in tea is a pretty interesting idea though!

Indigobloom

I’ve had the soda version, it’s pretty good!! I’ve seen it in a few teas. I guess it’s a new trend. One I likey!!!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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