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Mmmmm! Chocolate and cinnamon. It tastes like a fresh-baked cookie. I can’t get enough of the Zhena chais lately. This one is my favorite rooibos blend. Chocolate and vanilla both work well with rooibos. I don’t get much ginger, which is a little sad, but it’s still tasty. I double-bagged it for good measure.

I want to try their hazelnut chai next.

Chai (not Kai) Mera

Wishlisting this one, thanks for the recommendation.


No problem! Glad I inspired you :)

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Still not getting a lot of the flavoring in this one. I think chai masalas just work better with black tea. It’s a nice idea in theory, and it does make for a nice bedtime cuppa, and there is a faint hint of caramel and cinnamon and maybe vanilla in the aftertaste, but it’s pretty underwhelming, by and large.

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Hit a deer with my car the other night. I’m perfectly fine, thankfully, but it did mean two days out of work while I waited for the insurance to inspect it and get me an estimate.

Car is now in the shop, getting fixed, and I am driving a nicer rental car than the one the deer’s butt broke, so I should thank my lucky stars that my insurance came through for me in my hour of need. Also that these last two days have been unspeakably gorgeous weather-wise.

Treated myself to this tea as a way to wind down from the hectic insanity that car accidents always entail. My expectations weren’t high— maybe I just haven’t been trying the nicer H&S blends? But this is one helluva cuppa. It tastes like something Stacey from Butiki Teas would have blended. The coconut, vanilla, and lemongrass all give it a sweet, spring-y, fine- tea-shop scent and taste. The green tea base is very high quality— I’m guessing it’s a dragon’s well from the brilliant yellow-green color and buttery taste.

It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely…

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass, Sweet, Vanilla

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

OMG, so glad you’re ok!


Thanks! I’m just relieved that: 1.) I wasn’t hurt and that I was the only one in the car; 2.) I have good insurance and 3.) That my car is in good hands while it’s in the shop.


Seriously! I just hope it’ll never happen again. I’m always worried about this very thing happening when I’m driving in the countryside, especially in hilly areas. :/


Me too! No more back-roading for me for a while!

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I was a little underwhelmed by this one. The caramel is there, but it is very light and is most prevalent in the aftertaste.

I think it’s because it’s a rooibos base. It would probably be stronger if the base were a black tea, like an Assam.

Notes of vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and the whisper of ginger also present.

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I do like this one, but I always feel nauseated after I drink it. I have no earthly clue why. It’s just a benign black tea, mild with a nice smoky finish.

Ughhh. Thank God that it’s my “Friday” today.

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Dug this one out of my cupboard today after not touching it for months. I forgot how much I like it.

I think the coconut flavoring comes out a bit more now that it’s getting old. I could also taste more of the ginger and less of the nutmeg and the cloves, which is a-okay with me. The black base is nice and mild, and of good quality.

A perfect blend to drink as we transition from winter to summer.


I’m impressed with how well this one stays in the cupboard. Two years later and it still tastes good!


Right? I also have their Chocolate Chai with the rooibos base and it’s equally as good.

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Gave this one a nice long steep, and it made it much richer and better than usual. The barley came out more, and the mouthfeel was creamy and sweet, like a perfectly-baked sugar cookie. The orange peel is the most brilliant part of it.

This is one that I will crave once in a great while, and it hits the spot. Just a really low-maintenance, simple pleasure.

Flavors: Cookie, Orange Zest, Sugar

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drank Oriental Spice by Adagio Teas
552 tasting notes

Backlogging from yesterday—

Of the Nut & Spice sampler pack, this one is my favorite. It tastes like chai.

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drank China White Tea by Royal King
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I had a cup of coffee this morning, and then this, and now I’m jittery. I only get jittery if I have a cup of caffeinated tea after a cup of coffee, so I don’t for one second believe that this is caffeine-free, despite what the box says.

A Chinese coworker gave my boyfriend this tea, and he gave me a few bags to try.

He loves white tea, but it’s not usually my favorite. But this one is pretty good! Very smooth, very drinkable and surprisingly flavorful. I can’t really describe the taste, other than as a nondescript, vegetable note, but it’s definitely there and definitely palatable.

Not bad, although it’s probably the Lipton of Chinese white tea.

Flavors: Vegetables


Haha yeah white tea definitely has caffeine despite what some claim.

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drank Ginger Kick by Higher Living
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My boyfriend told me to get this one because he has it at work and he says it’s really good for when you’re sick.

I accidentally uploaded the wrong picture for this (helpfully, Higher Living uses the exact same design and colors for their Lemon & Ginger blend….), and then of course Steepster doesn’t let you change the default picture. I uploaded the right one for it, but you have to click on the tea and then click on Other Images to see it.

I was crazy anxious last night, and it helped a lot. It’s soothing and surprisingly mild. It almost has a sugar cookie taste to it. The longer you let it steep, the better it gets.

Very good for anyone who wants the benefits of ginger without the intense spiciness.

Flavors: Cookie, Ginger, Lemon Zest

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Hello! I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field and am currently working toward an MA in English.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me. I also love ginger, citrus, and lemongrass.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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