Yum!! thanks again Ninavampi.
Getting even more marshmallow today. Not so much “cracker”. Oh well, it’s super tasty! On my third steep now. Gave the second one to Dad, not sure if he liked it yet though
“Yum!! thanks again Ninavampi. Getting even more marshmallow today. Not so much "cracker". Oh well, it's super tasty! On my third steep now. Gave the second one to Dad, not sure if he liked it yet...” Read full tasting note
“I just finished up the very last that I have of this tea. It will be missed, as it certainly made a yummy latte. I wish there was a bit more chocolate (but then, I don't think there's ever enough...” Read full tasting note
“Prep notes: below parameters, some milk and sugar, 8 oz. water, 1.5 tsp. leaf. Tasted like a generic chai. Maaaybe some marshmallow but I think that's more creaminess from the milk. No real...” Read full tasting note
“I've brought this to work so that I can try and work on drinking it a little bit more, and because I have a shortage of black teas at work at the moment. I've only tried this once before today, I...” Read full tasting note
No, you are not seeing things. There is no need to adjust your monitor. It’s true, 52teas has created a S’mores Chai!
This blend includes premium black teas, including just a touch of smoky lapsang souchong for a hint of campfire, organic cacao nibs, organic cinnamon, marshmallow root, cardamom, ginger, clove, black peppercorns and natural flavors.
And YES, this blend is 100% vegan! What more could you ask for?
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I just finished up the very last that I have of this tea. It will be missed, as it certainly made a yummy latte. I wish there was a bit more chocolate (but then, I don’t think there’s ever enough chocolate!)… but I love the way the spices are balanced and I really like the little bit of lapsang souchong in this and how it creates this little bit of “char” flavor. Absolutely yummy.
Prep notes: below parameters, some milk and sugar, 8 oz. water, 1.5 tsp. leaf.
Tasted like a generic chai. Maaaybe some marshmallow but I think that’s more creaminess from the milk. No real chocolate or graham cracker notes. All the spices were there but there wasn’t anything really notable. Guess I’ll play around with this a bit more.
I’ve brought this to work so that I can try and work on drinking it a little bit more, and because I have a shortage of black teas at work at the moment. I’ve only tried this once before today, I think, and I’m pretty sure I liked it well enough. Today’s cup I wasn’t so sure about. There seems to be a really chemically scent coming off the dry leaf, which I found slightly off-putting. I also only have soy milk at work, and I’m not keen on soy with black tea. It’s whole milk all the way, particularly with chai. The chemical sweetness seems to carry over to the flavour, too, and I’m pretty sure it’s the chocolate that’s the culprit. I’ll try this one again in a day or so, in case my taste buds are wonky. I’m sure I remember liking it more than this before.
I have had this once before, but somehow never got around to reviewing this. I received this in a swap, with Lisbet I believe. Thanks!
It was an interesting experience. I am not very fond of smokey teas, and the scent of is tea is in your face smokey. That worried me, but as I brewed it the scent transformed from outright smokey to spicey.
First try plain was an explosion of smokey. Sweetened the smokey played down a bit, but was still a bit strong for me. Finally I added milk and… Success! I got sweet spicey roasted marshmellow goodness. I never really found the cocolate note, but I enjoyed it anyway.
All in all, it is too smokey to be something that I can see myself wanting very often. I am super happy I got to try it though. It was a fun experience.
ChOTD…….courtesy of Jenn. (Thank you so much!)
I made this up by my usual pan method. What I get in the smell is marshmallows and chocolate along with the spice. I am not sure any cracker will make an appearance because that is more of a subtle flavor. The level of spiciness is not as in your face as something like Tipu, but it is a little stronger than the spice levels in my favorites. I do also get a little chocolate in the taste, but not as much of the marshmallow…I think the spices overwhelm it a little. For someone who enjoys chai, this is a wonderful change of pace. It still tastes very much like chai, but there are definitely more flavors going on. I really like this one and will enjoy every last bit of it.
It kind of brings out my inner Girl Scout. This is probably my last year (of 9) of being a GS leader. The girls that I have had the privelege of having in my troop from the time they were kindergarteners are just growing up and getting too busy. The are now in 8th grade. Mini-rant ahead, so you might want to skip this…..Plus, in my opinion, as with many groups that have big budgets and a huge building to maintain, our local council seems to have changed focus. To me it is so much less about the girls these days and more about the bottom line. Sad, really. My daughter and her friends can get together for activities in the years to come without having to worry about GS BS. Those of you who were scouts…they have changed so much of the program, it would be unrecognizable to you. (Thank you for reading…back to my regular scheduled programming….)
Tea #47 from HHTTB2
I am so insanely addicted to the TV show Once Upon a Time lately. Like. I can’t stop watching this. It’s like the illegitimate offspring of daytime TV and Disney.
But anyway. This tea.
I made it as I do most chai (when I don’t feel like dirtying a pot). So a tsp of sugar, 6oz milk, 1 tsp tea/2 oz water at the below time and temp.
But man. I wish I had known this had Lapsang in it. I probably would have passed it over.
When hot, I just couldn’t kill the smoke note. It was like a BBQ on the back of my tongue everytime I swallowed. Urk.
As the tea started cooling, the smokyness lessened and it bacame a slightly chocolatey, creamy cinnamon chai basically. That’s more s’more-y for sure!
I’ll skip rating, as I know that Lapsang isn’t at all to my taste. But I think I would have enjoyed this without it in there.
BALLS!!!! I’m not going to give S’mores Chai a numerical rating because I knew that my liking it was a long shot. 52teas chai teas are just not for me unfortunately. Too peppery? I don’t know exactly what the problem is, but I keep buying Frank’s new chai flavors because I always hold out hope (and I’m a shameless addict).
Mad props to Frank for making S’mores Chai vegan! It was worth buying it for that reason alone :) I’d love to gift my 52teas chai(s) to a good home, so please let me know if you’re interested. Don’t be shy… yes, I’m talking to YOU!
OK, first off, you all know me to be kind of a chai snob. But I’m also a huge fan of 52Teas blends. And this is easily one of the best blends he’s created. (Here’s hoping it’s in the 12 Days of Christmas Pack. HINT HINT!) This one is right up there with Pancake Breakfast.
Opening up the bag for the first time – or after a while – and you are greeted with a hearty, warm welcome – marshmallow-y (although I believe not actual marshmallows, I think it’s OK for vegans), cinnamon, ginger, clove and peppercorn.
There’s a sweetness to it, once you take your first sip. All the flavors aforementioned in the aroma are equally identifiable in the flavor. But there is something else. Brilliancy. I taste brilliancy. This is warm and welcoming, festive, flavorful and fun.
I’m going to ration this one, else I’d use it up before the holidays!