24 Tasting Notes
This tea smells and tastes like a lighter, classier Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice. Very spicy in the scent, cinnamon predominates, with a mellow citrus body. The flavor is mild and warming. I enjoyed it this morning with a scant half-teaspoon of honey. Lovely on a cool morning!
For something that comes in a bag at a low, low price, this tea is surprisingly nice. Pre-brewing, it smells spicy and chai-like. Once brewed, however, I find the spices to be overtaken by a hazelnut smell and flavor. In my opinion, this blend beats the standard Twinings chai all hollow. I enjoyed it this morning with honey and lowfat milk.
Generally not a big fan of chamomile, but I had a sore throat today, so…
The tea bag had a fantastic honey scent right out of the box. Once brewed, it still smelled more of honey than anything else. Lemon dominates the flavor, but that’s ok with me, since I’d rather not taste too much chamomile.
Overall, it’s decent but not amazing. I brewed it double strength (2 teabags for about 12oz of water) and I’d recommend doing it that way.
Chai Ultra Spice is only ultra gingery to my taste, and not ultra spicy, possibly because they didn’t put in any black pepper. They claim there is cardamom in there, but you could have fooled me, I didn’t taste it at all. Also, I looked at the ingredients list, and I’d really like to know what “natural chai flavour” is. Last I checked, “chai” means tea, and I seriously doubt it is natural tea flavor they’re talking about.
But, that said, if you’re looking for a bagged tea that tastes like liquid gingersnaps when appropriately doctored up with sweetener and milk, this is the tea for you. Even though it wasn’t the ultra spicy chai I was hoping for, it was pretty decent anyway.