I had this as a soy latte, with a bit of creamed cinnamon honey (omg so delish) when at DT this evening (variaTea, I caved!). Actually, I’ve been really emotionally under the weather lately, and something about being in a tea shop: that signature David’s tea smell, casual chatter around me, the ability to pretty much sniff any tea I wanted, chatting with Mr. keychange over our respective cups (he picked glitter and gold mmm)—it all combines to have such a soothing effect. And it can really get you to leave your head for a while, which I find really therapeutic.
Anyway, the tea. It’s a very, very light chai tea, although because of the presence of the spices, you can actually taste it quite strongly. So strongly, in fact, that having it as a latte doesn’t seem to mute the flavours, as far as I can tell (I haven’t had this tea straight yet, but I intend on it). What I get before all else is the ginger, and i’m not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand it has a bit of an instantly calming effect, but I also find that it ever so slightly tips the tea into the category of “savoury” and that isn’t ok. Very close on the heels of the ginger is the cinnamon, and I really like the cinnamon used in this tea-it isn’t terribly sweet (like the cinnamon in David’s pure chai), but it isn’t really drying, either, so it still goes down really smoothly. This isn’t to say that I don’t adore sweet cinnamon (because I do), but rather that this particular cinnamon seems to go well in this chai blend. I really enjoyed the addition of creamed cinnamon honey though, although i tasted the honey element of the cinnamon honey a little more than I would have liked. I also enjoyed the fact that I couldn’t detect the lemongrass, although somehow I think that note might stand out more when this isn’t in latte form. Nonetheless, a fairly decent cup of tea, and I don’t think I’ll have trouble finishing off my sample of this.
I, uh, also got a few more samples while I was out. Superberry (smells so so good!), and their second flush Darjeeling. And 100 g of blueberry jam! (I also smelled the earl’s Garden and really liked how it smelled, although i wonder if the bergamot would be too strong). Anyway, I’d consider that trip to have been a success. I love hanging out there. And hey, I didn’t get any new mugs! (Mr. keychange already thinks I have far too many. I only have thirteen, so it’s far from too many, if you ask me).
(I need to stop perpetually using parentheses)