Hide

Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

drank Chai Town by Adagio Teas
1195 tasting notes

I don’t like chai. But I am trying. Adagio sent me this tin on accident and I gave a bunch of it to my mom but I still have some left. I think she had asked for the whole thing but I knew she wasn’t going to get through 4 oz of chai in this lifetime, plus these tins are so gorgeous, I had to keep it.

I decided I was going to do the stovetop method with milk and water. I started out not measuring the liquid, realized I didn’t want to do that, and poured what was in the pot into a measuring cup…it was exactly 8 ounces. Patted myself on the back for that one.

So I heated it up and simmered the 2 tsp of tea in it for 4 minutes, then strained it.

This chai has whole dried cloves in it, that’s most notable. It has pink peppercorns too but I think they just make it look pretty. So I was expecting something where clove was strongest, and that’s what I got.

I love cloves. I remember sticking cloves into oranges in grade school and having to do it again at home because I loved it so much.

This stuff tastes like clove cigarettes. I just looked them up because I forgot their Indonesian name and I am amazed the US actually banned them. Oh wait sorry, big tobacco had them banned because they’re a bunch of losers afraid of competition. I don’t even smoke but that’s a total joke (yay I rhymed). Well I guess if you’re missing them you could get this tea.

It’s almost entirely clove, although it’s got a bit of smokiness to it. There’s some hints of other spices, maybe cinnamon, but they’re pretty hidden under clove.

I actually could drink this though. But only because I love cloves so much. I think it might be awesome to mix in an orange flavored black tea too.

Lynxiebrat

That sounds like it would be pretty yummy. I love orange flavored things. Even imitation orange.

CupofTree

I must’ve really missed out on the whole oranges clove thing.. I keep hearing about people doing this and yet I have no idea why cloves are even put into oranges in the first place lol.. My boyfriend used to chew cloves..

momo

They smell good, I guess it’s like a Christmas thing. I don’t think they look aesthetically pleasing so I haven’t done it anytime recently because I don’t want to hang an orange covered in cloves or leave it on a table or counter either lol

CupofTree

Haha ohhh yes, now it makes sense. An Orangeclovemabob would smell good.

inguna

“clove cigarettes. " – Haha, that’s funny. I don’t like chai as well so I’m unlikely to order this. Glad you liked the tin. I have not seen real tins, just the photos and I’m curious how they came out. When designing the tin for chai town I did consider adding a faint gangster silhouette somewhere in the shadows but I knew that it would upset some customers so I didn’t actually go for it. But you may very well imagine the scene :)

momo

There are a couple Portillo’s restaurants around Chicago with a gangster theme, you could have probably gone for it because those restaurants are over the top with it! I love the tins for both the ones I have so much, if I liked chamomile, I’d get the third. I kept showing this one to everyone to the point my dad said, you already pointed that out. Oops.

Fjellrev

Are you talking about Djarums? Yikes, I almost never smoke, but when I do, I get a pack of those, which I coincidentally just did yesterday and had one a few hours ago haha. Sucks the US banned them.

momo

Yeah, I would smoke them occasionally like 5-6 years ago because I loved clove that much lol. Indonesia actually went to the WTO about it and they ruled in Indonesia’s favor in April so they should be back. Apparently it all had to do with Philip Morris claiming underaged smokers go for them, which is actually true of menthol ones (25%) and NOT cloves (1%).

Fjellrev

Same reason I get them sometimes. Love the clove! Good that they’re bringing them back. I still find it bizarre how menthols have stayed (in Canada too) but everything else flavoured is gone (except the Djarums here). Makes no sense.

Rachel Sincere

Djarums are what got me started smoking way back when I was 19 years old. I smoked nothing but clove cigarettes for a year and a half and then switched to menthol (Sampoernos). I quit when I was 21 happy dance but to this day I can’t eat or drink things with a heavy clove flavor. It’s like licking an ashtray to me! LOL

momo

I was surprised it didn’t have that feeling to me but it’s been at least 6 years since I last had one. It just reminded me how much I don’t use cloves as a spice thankfully hahaha.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Comments

Lynxiebrat

That sounds like it would be pretty yummy. I love orange flavored things. Even imitation orange.

CupofTree

I must’ve really missed out on the whole oranges clove thing.. I keep hearing about people doing this and yet I have no idea why cloves are even put into oranges in the first place lol.. My boyfriend used to chew cloves..

momo

They smell good, I guess it’s like a Christmas thing. I don’t think they look aesthetically pleasing so I haven’t done it anytime recently because I don’t want to hang an orange covered in cloves or leave it on a table or counter either lol

CupofTree

Haha ohhh yes, now it makes sense. An Orangeclovemabob would smell good.

inguna

“clove cigarettes. " – Haha, that’s funny. I don’t like chai as well so I’m unlikely to order this. Glad you liked the tin. I have not seen real tins, just the photos and I’m curious how they came out. When designing the tin for chai town I did consider adding a faint gangster silhouette somewhere in the shadows but I knew that it would upset some customers so I didn’t actually go for it. But you may very well imagine the scene :)

momo

There are a couple Portillo’s restaurants around Chicago with a gangster theme, you could have probably gone for it because those restaurants are over the top with it! I love the tins for both the ones I have so much, if I liked chamomile, I’d get the third. I kept showing this one to everyone to the point my dad said, you already pointed that out. Oops.

Fjellrev

Are you talking about Djarums? Yikes, I almost never smoke, but when I do, I get a pack of those, which I coincidentally just did yesterday and had one a few hours ago haha. Sucks the US banned them.

momo

Yeah, I would smoke them occasionally like 5-6 years ago because I loved clove that much lol. Indonesia actually went to the WTO about it and they ruled in Indonesia’s favor in April so they should be back. Apparently it all had to do with Philip Morris claiming underaged smokers go for them, which is actually true of menthol ones (25%) and NOT cloves (1%).

Fjellrev

Same reason I get them sometimes. Love the clove! Good that they’re bringing them back. I still find it bizarre how menthols have stayed (in Canada too) but everything else flavoured is gone (except the Djarums here). Makes no sense.

Rachel Sincere

Djarums are what got me started smoking way back when I was 19 years old. I smoked nothing but clove cigarettes for a year and a half and then switched to menthol (Sampoernos). I quit when I was 21 happy dance but to this day I can’t eat or drink things with a heavy clove flavor. It’s like licking an ashtray to me! LOL

momo

I was surprised it didn’t have that feeling to me but it’s been at least 6 years since I last had one. It just reminded me how much I don’t use cloves as a spice thankfully hahaha.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

hockey watching barista extraordinaire

Following These People