84 Tasting Notes


I was looking through my cupboard and noticed how I’ve only “logged” it twice. I’ve had this tea so many times it’s nearly impossible to count. From all the chai teas I have tried so far, this one is my go-to kick start as fall becomes more and more chilly. It has a nice amount of spice without being overpowering, and it comes out consistently good (which is more than what I can say about Teavana’s Masala Chai, which I think is now cancelled). I’m glad they came out with this one though. As far as I can tell, the spices are nicely balanced and it’s not overpowered by cinnamon, so if you’re looking for a cinnamon predominant chai go for the Maharajah Chai Oolong (that one will knock your socks off!!). I tried this tea with a splash of vanilla almond milk earlier this week and it was wonderful :)

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drank Blue Mountain Spice by TeaSource
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Thanks so much to my friend that bought me this tea for my birthday. This black tea was very pleasant to drink. It has a smooth flavor and a tiny bitter aftertaste that I actually found added nice complexity to the drink. I’m not sure if I could taste the cardamom, but I also wouldn’t say my palate is very highly developed. In any case, it blended well with the tea and made a wonderful yet uplifting blend.

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This tea is great- the description does not do it justice. I smelled the sample at the store before I got a cup of it and it had a smooth black tea smell, and yet it had invigorating chai spices in it! Besides cinnamon, I believe the sample also said ginger and cardamom, so it’s actually quite tasty. The orange blends in well too and is quite complementary to the other spices. I look forward to my next cup of it :)

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drank Strawberry Paraiso by Teavana
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The color of this tea is just gorgeous. I’m never expecting it but as soon as it shoots out of my teamaker into my clear cup it’s this vibrant hot pink that’s very clear. The flavor is lightly sweet with strawberries and that hint of apple. The finish is topped off with that popcorn/caramel taste. All the flavors are subtle and intertwined…just wonderful!

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drank Caramel Vanilla Chai by 52teas
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The caramel and vanilla flavors in this tea are more of an undertone. The black pepper and clove dominate the taste for me, and there is a pleasant hint of cinnamon. I had to add a splash of milk and 2tsp of rock sugar to an 8oz cup, but this tea has some pizzaz to it! Although I was expecting a more smooth chai given its name, its robust flavor is a pleasant surprise. This will definitely keep me awake as study!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
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There are two separate pages for this tea. Hmmm. I still love it. So smooth and delicious. Light enough for my tastes!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea was delicious. It stole my attention from my academic work, so I’m afraid it’s not conducive to studying in the same way as a chai tea. But it was great with some sugar – it really brought out the slight honey flavor. It’s a great value for the taste too! It may not be picked by monkeys, but it’s mmm mmm good!

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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I’m on my second infusion of this tea, which is more astringent than the first. The flavor is also less smooth, and overall less preferable to me. I’m going to try and brew it without my yixing pot to see if that’s affecting the flavor.


I can’t help but imagine little monkeys picking tea. It always makes me smile :)


I read somewhere that tea pickers would throw things at the monkeys who were sitting in the trees, and the monkeys would pick the tea leaves and throw them at the people in return. Since those leaves were at the top of the trees, I suppose it was a very creative way of getting the leaves picked! It’s a good thing the monkeys didn’t throw something else in return… :)

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I recruited this fruity tea to help wake me up for a 7am weekend shift (the horror!). This time I mixed it with Weight To Go Pu-erh from Teavana and the sour lemon flavor I oh so much hated in the Raspberry Riot was subdued. Mixing these two is simply delicious and really improves the mate’s flavor. I decided to up my rating of this tea for this reason :)

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I’ve been drinking loose leaf teas for about 4 years and really enjoy the sense of contentment it brings to my busy life. I suppose tea is an experience you inherently have to slow down and enjoy, as it quiets the mind and allows you to hear more readily. I am also interested in Buddhism, yoga, meditation, and psychotherapy.

Here are some of my favorite teas:

Organic Silver Needle White Tea (Teavivre)
Bailin Gongfu Black Tea (Teavivre)
Buttered Rum (DavidsTea)
Gyrokuro/Gyrokuro Genmaicha (Teavana)
Apple Green Tea (Indigo Tea Company)
Strawberry Festival (Indigo Tea Company)
Mom’s Apple Pie (David’s Tea)
Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls/Rooibos Tropica Blend (Teavana)


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