67 Tasting Notes
I’ve been a fan of Bigelow’s vanilla chai since college. The cafeteria stocked it, so I drank it with some regularity. The problem was that I am very sensitive to caffeine, so I couldn’t drink it as often as I wanted to. So I am very pleased to find a decaf vanilla chai that I enjoy. I might even like this better than Bigelow’s. The vanilla comes through very will, and it’s very smooth, not bitter at all. I will definitely be getting more of this.
Flavors: Smooth, Spices, Vanilla
I don’t know if I just got a bad batch or what, but this tasted like honeybush with a chemical or alcoholic aftertaste. It didn’t taste like peanuts, or chocolate at all. I did not enjoy it. I’m very disappointed, since there are some reviews that make it sound really good.
Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Wood
I tried the bagged version of this, and it is just as good as it sounds. I really like the blend of flavors here. The nutmeg and clove are most predominate, which is wonderful for me because I love those flavors, and like them to dominate my chai spice blends. I tried it without milk or sugar and it was quite good, but I bet it would be even better with some milk and sweetener.
Flavors: Cloves, Nutmeg
This tea really reminded me of shampoo or soap or something. It must be something about the lotus taste, which is more floral than chamomile, that caused the association for me. People who like light, floral teas might want to give it a try, but I think I prefer straight chamomile.
Flavors: Flowers, Soap
I found this tea to be OK. It’s somewhat weak, and the chocolate flavor (which tastes more like cocoa powder than chocolate) dominates over the orange. A little bit of Xylitol helped bring out the flavor somewhat, but I still don’t love it. It might be better double-bagged or steeped longer, but I don’t know that I feel it’s worth buying more to try that.
Flavors: Cocoa, Orange
I have a bit of an upset stomach today, so I decided it was a good day for a ginger tea. I’ve had one other lemon ginger tea, by Celestial Seasonings, and I think I actually like that one better. This is a bit more tart, and the lemon flavor isn’t as strong. It’s a good tea, but I prefer the sweetness of Celestial Seasoning’s version, especially for an upset stomach. I think it might be the hibiscus that detracts from the blend for me. I do like hibiscus in some teas, but I’m rather picky about it, and I don’t think I like it here.
Flavors: Ginger, Hibiscus, Lemon, Tart