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THIS is a great chai. Spicy and rich in all the right ways. Reminds me of that Guayasa chai I tried from Davids awhile back. Good to know I have a place to get some since I’ve ditched that Teavana wannabe :)
(and I mean no offense by that, really! I’m just saying DT has become a place that no longer captures my attention the way it once did, for reasons most of you know)
Anyhow, big thanks to BONNIE for sharing this delightful blend with me.
Without milk, it held up really well. Naturally sweet and as the description says… graham crackers!? coolio!
With the addition of some dairy, it became a bit more spicy and less sweet. Actually, it was more of a good quality common chai that way. Next time, I hope I remember not to add any milk.
Thanks again Bonnie xx

Bonnie

Welcome! Hope you had a nice vacation!

Indigobloom

I did! thanks Bonnie

Daniel Scott

LOL. For whatever it’s faults, I’d say that DT would be taking a serious step down to “aspire” to be Teavana (based on my experience with Teavana thus far).

Helena

I don’t want DT to be Teavana…. I like it the way it is (at my store anyway) Grant park shopping centre Winnipeg, Manitoba :D

Lynne-tea

I would fully agree too if DT would ever ‘aspire’ to be Teavana… also based on my experience with Teavana.

Bonnie

From what I have heard so far…Teavana should have the customer service of DT and Teavana and DT should get together and improve both of their tea selections which have serious issues in quality because of the quantity problems. They’ve become candy store tea shops instead of quality tea stores.

Indigobloom

Daniel Scott: I so agree with you there! but as the days go by I am finding more and more similarities between the two :(
Helena: oh heck no, I don’t want it either! eeek!!
Lynne-tea: Oh I do hope they never team up. that would be disastrous…
Bonnie: SO agreed on that front. DT is a fantastic gateway tea house though. I crave a little candy sometimes! but not often.

Daniel Scott

Bonnie – what do you mean by “quantity problems”? I know that DT always seems to be out of the one I want, but I don’t know if that’s what you mean.

Indigobloom

I know I think they have a Q problem… in that they bring out far too many at once, and then discontinue them so fast that I sometimes don’t even get to try them…

Bonnie

Q-Quantity Sometimes I think DT cranks out too many new flavors. There are a couple of companies that do this..new flavors each week or ‘many’ each season. My opinion (just mine) is that quality often suffers creating combinations that are a bit bizarre or blends with little bit of tea and lots of cheap fillers. There are some older tea’s from DT that I liked better but now many of the flavors taste dull or sour. Verdant uses lots of real tea in the blends like the one here. I’m sure other companies do the same and use real flavoring (Butiki). Like I said, my opinion. Teavana… I’m not a fan of their marketing enough to want to try the flavors any more (the few I tried were cardboard). When I walked into a shop it was wierd and the person who waited on me told me the tea wasn’t good (creepy)!

Daniel Scott

Oh, yeah, okay, I know what you mean. I’m not super-impressed with the release of innumerable flavours either, I do think some teas suffered that way as they’re clearly rushed out. The spring collection is a prime example; those were mostly all “meh.” I personally liked Daydreamer a lot, but I know a lot of people felt it was lacking.

Indigobloom

I wasn’t going to say it, but I so agree! they’ve become substandard simply because there are too many teas. I wish they would focus on quality not quantity

Akshaya

Hope i will have such a chai soon

Indigobloom

Akshaya, I’d send you some to try if I had any left!

Bonnie

Hi bloom!

Indigobloom

My Bonnie!! Missed you. I haven’t been around here much.

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Bonnie

Welcome! Hope you had a nice vacation!

Indigobloom

I did! thanks Bonnie

Daniel Scott

LOL. For whatever it’s faults, I’d say that DT would be taking a serious step down to “aspire” to be Teavana (based on my experience with Teavana thus far).

Helena

I don’t want DT to be Teavana…. I like it the way it is (at my store anyway) Grant park shopping centre Winnipeg, Manitoba :D

Lynne-tea

I would fully agree too if DT would ever ‘aspire’ to be Teavana… also based on my experience with Teavana.

Bonnie

From what I have heard so far…Teavana should have the customer service of DT and Teavana and DT should get together and improve both of their tea selections which have serious issues in quality because of the quantity problems. They’ve become candy store tea shops instead of quality tea stores.

Indigobloom

Daniel Scott: I so agree with you there! but as the days go by I am finding more and more similarities between the two :(
Helena: oh heck no, I don’t want it either! eeek!!
Lynne-tea: Oh I do hope they never team up. that would be disastrous…
Bonnie: SO agreed on that front. DT is a fantastic gateway tea house though. I crave a little candy sometimes! but not often.

Daniel Scott

Bonnie – what do you mean by “quantity problems”? I know that DT always seems to be out of the one I want, but I don’t know if that’s what you mean.

Indigobloom

I know I think they have a Q problem… in that they bring out far too many at once, and then discontinue them so fast that I sometimes don’t even get to try them…

Bonnie

Q-Quantity Sometimes I think DT cranks out too many new flavors. There are a couple of companies that do this..new flavors each week or ‘many’ each season. My opinion (just mine) is that quality often suffers creating combinations that are a bit bizarre or blends with little bit of tea and lots of cheap fillers. There are some older tea’s from DT that I liked better but now many of the flavors taste dull or sour. Verdant uses lots of real tea in the blends like the one here. I’m sure other companies do the same and use real flavoring (Butiki). Like I said, my opinion. Teavana… I’m not a fan of their marketing enough to want to try the flavors any more (the few I tried were cardboard). When I walked into a shop it was wierd and the person who waited on me told me the tea wasn’t good (creepy)!

Daniel Scott

Oh, yeah, okay, I know what you mean. I’m not super-impressed with the release of innumerable flavours either, I do think some teas suffered that way as they’re clearly rushed out. The spring collection is a prime example; those were mostly all “meh.” I personally liked Daydreamer a lot, but I know a lot of people felt it was lacking.

Indigobloom

I wasn’t going to say it, but I so agree! they’ve become substandard simply because there are too many teas. I wish they would focus on quality not quantity

Akshaya

Hope i will have such a chai soon

Indigobloom

Akshaya, I’d send you some to try if I had any left!

Bonnie

Hi bloom!

Indigobloom

My Bonnie!! Missed you. I haven’t been around here much.

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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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Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)

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