60
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
2606 tasting notes

Onto some more samples from CHAroma tonight as I await trick-or-treaters!

I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting with this one, but I was initially quite put off by a very soapy aroma from both the dry and steeped tea. It dissipated after the tea sat a while, but kind of grossed me out a bit. Other than that, the aroma reminded me a lot of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai; sweet and coconutty, with a hint of exotic spiciness. I think I can also smell the lemongrass.

Unfortunately, I’m getting soapiness as a flavour as well. The flavours otherwise strongly remind me of the above mentioned coconut chai, which I adore, but the soapiness is unbearable for me. I really have no idea where it’s coming from; this was sent in its original packet so I doubt there’s flavour contamination. Sometimes I wonder, though, whether old coconut goes soapy after a while…

Either way, I really want to like this tea, and I am adoring what I can taste of it and the delicious mix of lemongrass, chai spices, and coconut, but I can’t get past the soapiness. (I’m trying to!) Perhaps it would go away if I sweetened/added milk to the tea, but my hopes aren’t particularly high. I may give that a shot later, though.

Thanks for passing some of this one along, CHAroma!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Rebecca Lynn

Huh, I never tasted soapiness, that’s strange! I like it a lot with milk and sugar.

Buy the Stars

I have a sample of this that I keep forgetting to try! I was attracted to it because I loved the idea of a masala chai with lemongrass and coconut, but that’s too bad about the soapiness. Flavour contamination might have happened on Adagio’s end, maybe?

Kittenna

Yeah, I don’t know, it was very strongly soapy to me, and way too much to be the infuser or something (also, I usually just rinse them with water anyhow). I have enough to try again. I really wonder if it was an ingredient going off…

Arison – I got part of a sample packet from CHAroma, who didn’t seem to note any soapiness, so I’m not sure where it’s coming from. It’s pretty unpleasant though. Thankfully it reduced a bit as the tea cooled, and I got through the cup, but it wasn’t as nice as I would have liked.

bookshark

Having just finished off a sample packet of this, I just want to validate your soapy feeling. Yours is the only tasting note I saw that mentions this, which was odd to me since that was basically my only feeling about this tea. I tend to drink all of my tea without milk or sugar, but I added milk to this and I can confirm it helped a lot. A bit of honey helped, too.

Kittenna

Thanks bookshark! I think I still have some of this left, so may try that. I feel like the soapiness might be from the coconut going off; I have slowly been noticing a trend where nearly every tea that has a funky aroma/flavour, be it soapy or rancid/pungent, contains coconut. And usually with such teas, there are many people who do not notice those flavours, which makes me think that the thought that an ingredient has gone a bit off is likely.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Comments

Rebecca Lynn

Huh, I never tasted soapiness, that’s strange! I like it a lot with milk and sugar.

Buy the Stars

I have a sample of this that I keep forgetting to try! I was attracted to it because I loved the idea of a masala chai with lemongrass and coconut, but that’s too bad about the soapiness. Flavour contamination might have happened on Adagio’s end, maybe?

Kittenna

Yeah, I don’t know, it was very strongly soapy to me, and way too much to be the infuser or something (also, I usually just rinse them with water anyhow). I have enough to try again. I really wonder if it was an ingredient going off…

Arison – I got part of a sample packet from CHAroma, who didn’t seem to note any soapiness, so I’m not sure where it’s coming from. It’s pretty unpleasant though. Thankfully it reduced a bit as the tea cooled, and I got through the cup, but it wasn’t as nice as I would have liked.

bookshark

Having just finished off a sample packet of this, I just want to validate your soapy feeling. Yours is the only tasting note I saw that mentions this, which was odd to me since that was basically my only feeling about this tea. I tend to drink all of my tea without milk or sugar, but I added milk to this and I can confirm it helped a lot. A bit of honey helped, too.

Kittenna

Thanks bookshark! I think I still have some of this left, so may try that. I feel like the soapiness might be from the coconut going off; I have slowly been noticing a trend where nearly every tea that has a funky aroma/flavour, be it soapy or rancid/pungent, contains coconut. And usually with such teas, there are many people who do not notice those flavours, which makes me think that the thought that an ingredient has gone a bit off is likely.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer