Mayan Chocolate Chai

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Black Chai Blend
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Flavors
Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 11 oz / 315 ml

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  • “Got this as a gift from the wonderful and smart Carolyn! I love chais. And I love chocolate. And I love things w/ chili/red pepper. I have my chais 2 ways, w/ and w/o milk. I don't sweeten my...” Read full tasting note
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    Cofftea 865 tasting notes
  • “HOLY CRAP. My throat is on fire! I just drank an unsweetened/milk-free sip of the tea and it's ridiculousy spicy. Definitely need MILK. And SUGAR. (It did taste good though, once I got past the...” Read full tasting note
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    kittenna 2229 tasting notes
  • “TTB 1.2 I've heard a lot of great things about this tea but I admit I was a bit afraid of the cayenne included in this blend. The dry tea smells really good - mainly of chocolate but the cayenne...” Read full tasting note
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    mrawlins2 1014 tasting notes
  • “I've been awake for a few hours and just feeling kind of blah... when it occurred to me that I hadn't taken the time to make myself a cup of tea. You see, my youngest is a bit under the weather...” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4323 tasting notes

From 52teas

The Mayans worshiped a chocolate deity and every year, they sacrificed a chocolate colored dog to it. Kind of nasty. Not at all like this awesome tea.

It has been called “a delicious kick in the mouth”: Our traditional masala chai blended with organic cacao nibs and cayenne pepper! Hold on to your tastebuds, this tea has some BITE!

Ingredients: Assam tea, ginger root pieces, cinnamon, green cardamom, cacao nibs, almonds, cayenne pepper, natural and/or artificial flavors.

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865 tasting notes

Got this as a gift from the wonderful and smart Carolyn! I love chais. And I love chocolate. And I love things w/ chili/red pepper. I have my chais 2 ways, w/ and w/o milk. I don’t sweeten my chai’s, but I would like to try ROT’s and Lupica’s tea honeys someday.

As w/ all chais, I’m trying it hot and clean 1st. 1 heaping teaspoon tea to 6oz purified water heated to just below boiling because I want to preserve the health benefits.

Compared to my Pu Erh yesterday this is light lol! The liquor is a gorgeous dark reddish brown color.

I have to be honest. The aroma of this tea makes me giggle w/ happiness. The chocolate hits my nose as richness, then the spices tickle my nose w/ their strength, and lastly the black tea manages to fight it’s way thru as if to say “Don’t worry, I’m still here!”.

I’m kinda glad that I’m enjoying my 1st cuppa this alone. I’m definitely not acting like the mature and sophisticated 24 yr old that I am. This tea is WONDERFUL! I’ve had very good chais before, but the chocolate and chili put this on a whole new platform. I’ve seen a lot of disappointing scores on this one, so if you want to get rid of yours in a swap- PLEASE send me a message!

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

I normally don’t expect much for additional infusions of blacks, but since I was absolutely thrilled w/ the 1st one I decided to try again. 6min. Not really darker in liquor, but more dull and less red. I can still smell the chocolate which surprises me. I can taste the chocolate as well, although this cuppa is much sweeter than the 1st. Still very good though.

Cofftea

Decided to make a dirty chai latte. 2oz cold brewed coffee concentrate and 4oz water. Steeped 7min then added 1tsp each spiced rum, caramel, and white chocolate creamers. Very sweet as expected, very shocked at the weakness of both the coffee and the chai.

Cofftea

4th infusion, 8min. Surprised at how dark this is, although it’s very dull- not bright like the 1st infusion. W/ almost caramely tones. The flavor matches the liquor. Smooth, creamy mouth feel, sweet and spicy taste.

Keemun

…how is the chocolate pulling trough? Sweet-milky, or with bitter-pure roughness? Never had a Choc.-Chai…:-(

Cofftea

Keemun, you are really missing out! The 1st infusion was definitely a pure cocoa flavor, but it wasn’t rough at all. After that it became more sweet, but still cocoa-ish (think drinking chocolate vs hot chocolate made w/ water). Extremely good in all infusions.

Cinoi

Good review, thanks, now this is definitely on my list to get from 52teas… :)

Cofftea

And if by some sad misfortune you don’t like it I will be the 1st to request a swap hehe:)

Keemun

…you wish, mate.

Cofftea

Yeah I do, and I did. I totally called it a full 37min before your comment lol =D

Keemun

…you are a wicked man,Sir! A wicked man…indeed!

Cofftea

Ummm… ok… how should I take that considering I’m very much a woman?

Keemun

…nice.Means I will lock myself into my room and will not appear on ‘steepster’ for at least a month…or I will change my name to another one…damn.
Sorry ’bout that. You did not mention that on your profile,did you?

Keemun

…tea anyone?…

Cofftea

Haha! No I didn’t.

Keemun

…I guess it was your Winston Churchill quote that drove me in the wrong direction…and speaking of him…I wonder what great teas he had during his long life time (…besides all that whisky).

Cofftea

Ok… not sure where you got me being male from that quote. Notice I’m into romantic comedies too? lol:)

Cofftea

I think my writing style also implies a female gender. I don’t think most men giggle over even tea lol.

Ricky

From day one I thought you were a female.

Keemun, I would assume you’re a guy. Am I two for two?

Keemun

…true…Sister Act for example would be more than suspicious for a dude…(although there is not much romance going on…I guess, never saw it)

Cofftea

Haha thanks Ricky. Actually Sister Act is kinda manly cuz it’s about a lady that goes into witness protection. Sister Act 2 isn’t so much. But I don’t consider it a chick flick. It’s a gender nuteral movie. And of course P.S. I Love You is about as girly as you can get.:)

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HOLY CRAP. My throat is on fire! I just drank an unsweetened/milk-free sip of the tea and it’s ridiculousy spicy. Definitely need MILK. And SUGAR. (It did taste good though, once I got past the megaspice). Apparently 1.5 tsp might be a little much for one cup. Wowza.

This is such a good chai though. SO good.

(Thanks Azzrian – still working on the sample you gave me! Even though I have my own whole package now :D)

ETA: Added milk and agave and it’s still sooooo spicy! Throat burning! Haha but I like it. I just really love this flavour combination.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

LOL yeah its intense!

Missy

I loved this one because I could still taste every thing else around the spice and the spice just sticks with you for the rest of the cup. Lovely tea!

Kittenna

Yes! It takes milk so well :D

TeaBrat

I need to try this! who wants to swap, anyone? :-D

Kittenna

I’d probably be game, although it’s probably easier to get it from someone in the US :P

Azzrian

Well, I was going to offer to give you the rest of what I had of it but I guess I already gave it away to someone. Weird I don’t remember sending the actual package out to anyone. Sorry :(

Dylan Oxford

It might have been us. Well no, I guess we didn’t get the actual package.

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TTB 1.2

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this tea but I admit I was a bit afraid of the cayenne included in this blend. The dry tea smells really good – mainly of chocolate but the cayenne and spice blend is also present. After brewing, the liquid is a rich red-brown color and the cayenne scent has slightly intensified but so has the chocolate so that is fine with me.

Yum! After adding a bit of milk and sugar this tea really comes to life. This is truly one of the best chais I have had. I think that the blend of spices works well with the chocolate to create a very complex tea where not just one flavor takes the spotlight. I also really like that this blend is made with Assam because I love the bold, malty flavor that it imparts to this blend.

Seriously, 52teas makes some great tea – I don’t think I’ve had a blend of theirs that wasn’t just completely awesome.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

See why I call myself a chai snob? More like a chai spoiled brat:)Teahee!!!

mpierce87

How did I know that you would respond to this note? LOL! I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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4323 tasting notes

I’ve been awake for a few hours and just feeling kind of blah… when it occurred to me that I hadn’t taken the time to make myself a cup of tea. You see, my youngest is a bit under the weather and when one of my kids is sick my mind pretty much is occupied with that and I’m not into my normal routine.

Anyway, I am not sure why I reached for this tea. I knew I wanted a black tea and I wanted something I hadn’t had in a while (or perhaps something new) and this is what I chose.

It’s good. It is almost startling my taste buds awake! I wish the chocolate was stronger here, though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

That’s really sad that yours doesn’t have enough chocolate. Would it possibly benefit from an extra 30 sec or so of steeping?

LiberTEAS

Cofftea – I’m a chocoholic, so when it comes to chocolate in my chocolate teas, I’m a little hard to please.

Cofftea

I know you said you don’t buy coffee creamers, but seriously you should buy this one- it’s almost too chocolatey for me and I’m also a chocoholic lol.

http://www.internationaldelight.com/Coffeehouse/Dark-Chocolate-Cream

LiberTEAS

I might give that one a try. I’m usually hesistant with creamers just because I don’t like the non-dairy stuff, but because this has milk and cream in it, that might win me over.

Cofftea

Most creamers, regardless of flavor, are pretty white… this looks exactly like whole chocolate milk. Which is funny since on the bottle they show it pouring white into the cup.

LauraR

Mmmm…I started putting flavored creamer into tea not too long ago…yum

Cofftea

I’ve been doing it for a while now LauraR- I’m not normally a milk/creamer in tea kinda woman, but I do often add it in addition or instead of creamer to my chai or to dessert teas (which I never add milk to).

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558 tasting notes

I think I’ve found my little cup of heaven. I brewed this up (a bit longer than I meant to, around 5 minutes instead of 3:30). Then I added 1 T of Coffeemate’s Pumpkin Spice creamer. OMG…..this is better than sex chai. I love pumpkin spice latte’s, pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice tea, and now, pumpkin spice mayan chocolate chai. This creamer plus the heat of the cayenne and the chocolate is AMAZING! I have only enough Mayan Chocolate Chai to last another pot, I will have to place an order for another pouch now that I have tried this. Wow…yummy.

Will have to try with the last tsp of Matador’s kiss from Jaime to see if it gets the same results:) So spicy, but so good!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

LOL! YES! Pumpkin spice mochas are the bomb. It’s my fave seasonal combo (because I drink and eat mint/chocolate 24/7). I haven’t made them this way, but I’ve added dark chocolate creamer to Twinings Pumpkin chai- AMAZING!

Meghann M

I love it, but my mouth is on fire right now! Glad I bought 3 bottles of creamer, as good as it is in coffee, this is so much better. I’ve found my way to drink this chai. I will have to try this creamer in the chocolate cheesecake chai and see how it fares…I really like it with the oversteeped cayenne though!

Cofftea

Haha funny, I steep it for 6 when I add creamer/milk. And I use a lot of leaf=D

Meghann M

O_o…..wow! :)

Michelle Butler Hallett

This is the note that made up my mind to order Mayan Chai. Shall report soon …

Meghann M

I hope you enjoy it Michelle. Now to keep my husband away from my stash of pumpkin spice creamer!

The DJBooth

sex chai?

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Second nite in a row I am having this tea- I am taking a page from Cofftea’s book…anyway w/this chocolate creamer, this is a nice dessert (but way spicy from the cayenne)…

Cofftea

So gonna have this in 5 min. I was just gonna get up to make it now.

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Confession time. I am a t-sac junkie. Here’s how it goes: I buy a pack of t-sacs with the intention to only use them at work, while traveling, and when I’m on the run in the morning, but then I just end up using them for every single flipping cup of tea I make because I am supremely lazy. It’s gotten so bad that I ended up finishing a pack of 100 filters within the span of a couple weeks. Time to stop putting a strain on the environment and my wallet and just use a darn infuser basket! I will conquer this laziness. I just bough two new perfect mugs from DT last week, so now I have no excuses :)

Which leads me to my beloved Mayan Chocolate Chai. This was my first time making it with an infuser rather than a t-sac, and holy heck is it ever spicy! I can’t believe the difference sans t-sac. The pepper is the first flavour I taste and it remains dominant for the whole sip. Yum! Spicy, spicy goodness. I can’t believe how much flavour I was losing before. All the more reason to permanently kick my t-sac habit.

Babble I use T-Sacs a lot, too, especially for teas that I know have a stronger scent and might leave a smell on my infuser. A local coffee/tea shop of mine was clearencing out some t-sacs for $2.50 each! So you can understand how excited I was.

Where do you get your T-Sacs from? I know Upton has them for a fairly reasonable price.

softrevolution

Ooh great find! I get mine at David’s, because it’s the only place I’ve been able to find them locally. But at 7 or 8 bucks a pop, and with how much tea I drink, they get pricey really quick. Adagio has them for about $3 for 100, but of course they’re always out of stock! I’ve been keeping my eye out for cheap places to buy them online.

Babble

I think Upton is the cheapest I’ve seen. I won’t pay more than $5 for them. The ones I got on sale were actually the really big t-sacs, but I don’t mind. A T-Sac is a T-Sac.

This might be a good topic to post on the Steepster message boards. If you go through them so quickly, there might be a better place to buy a larger quantity of them.

Indigobloom

I used them because I didn’t have a second infuser for the longest time. And for Chamomile. Ugh, I hate cleaning chammy out!

Babble

I use them all the time for rooibos. That’s even more of a pain to clean out. I don’t have rooibos very often, though.

Indigobloom

Yah that is bad to! but I don’t like the way t-saks make the rooibos taste like paper. Only sometimes…

DaisyChubb

Oh smart to use them on strong smelling teas though! I’ve been using them with my Mother’s Little Helper so I can leave the bag in and drink it strrrong. I’ve had a Tsac addiction as well – but trust me, the Perfect Mugs will save your life <3

Shmiracles

i acknowledge that this review is anti T-sac….., but since i never use them, you actually made me want to try them for a change. so i’m buying them! woops!

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Thanks to Krystalen for this awesome sample!

I’ve been curious about this for a long time, I like spicy things and for whatever weird reason cayenne pepper does not seem to hurt my stomach. And this just sounded so good. I’ve been known to add ginger and a touch of cayenne pepper to my rooibos.

I steeped it in an infuser mug for 5 minutes – definitely knew I would need soymilk so I went ahead and added some.

Wow – this is good! Yummy, even. It really reminds me of a spicy hot chocolate. The cayenne is very prominent, so if you can’t take the heat I would not even try going here! I’m also getting a fair amount of ginger in this cup. What a yummy tea for the cold and foggy weather (which is just about every day, here). The cardamom and the pepper are a little more faint but they are definitely in here. I can see how this is either a “I love it” or “I hate it” kinda thing but I’m loving it so far. And – these spices are good for your health.

I think I will need some the next time I place an order with 52 teas!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Missy

I knew a man who had ulcers bad enough he was looking at an operation. He started taking cayenne pepper every morning and with in 3 months his ulcers were better, enough so he no longer required an operation.

TeaBrat

very interesting!

Missy

It’s also good to keep your toes warm. ;)

Kittenna

Glad you liked it! So delicious :D

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Today’s venture with this was a comedy of errors.

First, after I added milk to the mixture and set the timer, I walked out of the room and forgot to go back to check, resulting in a foaming, overboiled pot when I went back into the room.

Second, after straining the leaves into a measuring cup intending to pour from the cup into serving cups, I went to rinse the strainer and forgot that I hadn’t removed the measuring cup from the sink, resulting in the addition of approximately one ounce of cold water to the mix.

I suspect it would have been better minus these two mishaps. I used TeaG’s Chili-Chocolate Black Tea for the extra black tea. Maybe it was a bit too much, though. I think I’ll try the last bit with a non spicy black tea for laughs.

I gave some to the BF (who loves spicy stuff) with a warning. A minute ago I heard “Whooooaaaaaa, are you crazy!?!?” coming from downstairs. He walked up here and said, “That can hurt you.”

LOL.

Courtney

Haha the last part. :P

OMGsrsly

That sounds like Kapha organic. Delicious, but yes. The spice could hurt you! :)

MissB

I’d say Kapha is more potent (really, that one needs to come with a warning label), however this is definitely a great, spicy chai!

__Morgana__

I haven’t had the Kapha, but I think this is about as spicy as I can go without paying for it later. ;-)

juliebeth

lol! if it can survive your treatment of it, it MUST be good! :)

__Morgana__

Haha, yes, poor mistreated tea. ;-)

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Thanks MissB for this sample.
WOW!!! SPICY!!!! not flavor spice HOT SPICY!!!! OMG HEAT!!!!
I think I can do spicy foods. This is over the top for me. I think it’s offensively hot. The hot just drowns out all the other flavors, you can’t taste it for the heat.
Sorry MissB – this is a HUGE miss for me.

Cavocorax

Yikes! I’m really happy I didn’t buy that one from BreTEAlly Sweet now! I’m also happy you’ve only got just a sample and not the full 2oz.

Tuscanteal

I can’t picture having tea that is that spicy. Did you use milk?

Dexter

It was suppose to be chai, I added some sweet and some milk. It’s like chocolate chai with a tsp of cayenne in it.
I eat Sriracha on everything. Love spicy curry, I eat hot wings. I can’t drink this…..

JustJames

um…. i think i may have gotten a bit of this from her as well….. thanks for the heads up! lol. i KNOW i can’t do spice.

Tuscanteal

Blech… well good to know if I ever buy or try this tea.

Bonnie

Mix it with another chai… 1 part this to 4 parts another chai?

MissB

Oh gosh. No! That’s horrible. Yikes. I have yet to try it… and I love spicy things, but that sounds just plain yuck. I’m so sorry.

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