tea number 666 !!!!!
six six six!!
cuz he’s evil! Moriarty is EEEEvillll!
“tea number *666* !!!!! six six six!! cuz he's evil! Moriarty is EEEEvillll! (okay goodnight.)” Read full tasting note
“Okay, so this was the last tea I tried from my Sherlock sampler, and the first to review. I left it to last because I have an absurd hatred for ginger, and didn't think I was going to like this tea...” Read full tasting note
“So I made a test run of some chocolate covered popcorn that I plan on serving on my girls night this week :) YUM! I love that sweet and salty combination! Well after that, I really wanted something...” Read full tasting note
“BECAUSE I LOVE MORIARTEA. I don't own him, but Monica does and we have tea parties every week aaand MORIARTEA TIME. I'M EXCITE. BEST TEA EVER OKAY.” Read full tasting note
Spicy Chai backed by more ginger. Guaranteed to burn the heart out of you. Because that’s what people BREW.
Inspired by BBC’s Sherlock, which I am in no way affiliated with. This is created purely for my own enjoyment.
Ginger and Massala Chai
created by Cara McGee
Company description not available.
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Okay, so this was the last tea I tried from my Sherlock sampler, and the first to review. I left it to last because I have an absurd hatred for ginger, and didn’t think I was going to like this tea at all. What really surprised me was that it’s actually pretty good, and you can taste the ginger but it’s not like being punched in the mouth – it just mixes really nicely with the other chai spices.
As this is my first review, I had to decide on a scoring system (which took waaaay longer than it should have) and I finally decided to basically give it a score out of 10 and then scale it up. 0-50 is bad-average and 50-100 is average-great. I know I’m a mould-breaking genius. I gave this a 68 because 70+ is reserved for the REALLY great teas, and it wasn’t quite there.
If anybody actually reads this, you’ll realise that I am really picky and pseudo-scientific when it comes to trying new teas, and first have them plain, then with sugar/honey/milk/cream and combinations of the above. I actually preferred this one plain, which is so weird for me, especially with chais, so I’m not entirely sure what’s up with that. After having it plain, I added honey, then milk (because I’d let it cool too much to dissolve sugar crystals). I haven’t tried it with sugar or cream yet.
Plain – ginger comes through first and foremost, but it’s not too strong a flavour, it’s balanced out with the black tea.
With honey – as soon as I added the honey the ginger flavour gave way to the chai spices, and I didn’t like it as much. May be better with sugar than honey.
With honey and milk – the milk rounded out the flavour quite a bit, and oddly brought out the flavour of the pepper in the chai. My least favourite of the three ways I tried it, but still drinkable.
My overall score for each tea will be based on my favourite way to drink it (plain, in this case) and despite not being a fan of ginger I really enjoyed this tea! I would definitely recommend this blend, particularly to ginger lovers.
P.S. Apologies if anyone actually read this entire thing, it’s ended up a bit longer than I expected – I tend to drone on a bit. Hopefully future reviews will be shorter, seeing as this was my first one!
So I made a test run of some chocolate covered popcorn that I plan on serving on my girls night this week :) YUM! I love that sweet and salty combination!
Well after that, I really wanted something different so I reached for this blend. I hadn’t tried it yet, which is surprising considering it was one of the ones I was most excited to try out of the sampler. I guess I would always reach for it and suddenly Moriarty would flash before my eyes “I will BURN the heart out of you!” yikes! The cup is enjoyable, but I was hoping for more cinnamon. I will reach for this when I need an extra kick for sure, but I won’t order a full bag of this one.
Initially, I found this tea slightly bland. (I like my chai to burn the back of my throat as I drink it). However, as I got better at brewing it, and worked my way towards the bottom of the bag, the spice started to become more powerful. This is an excellent masala chai blend. Also, I adore the label art!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Spicy
I really like this simple tea (chai + ginger), even if I was expecting a bit more… devilishness from it, after its namesake and all. ;) It’s a solid chai, and one that I do (and will) enjoy often. Having said that, it’s far from an amazing chai ever, so I doubt I’d make a point of restocking it. It’s just nice.
I don’t own this, but I’m putting out a begging note of PLEASE IF YOU HAVE IT AND WANT TO GIVE IT AWAY, PLEASE, PITY A BROKE COLLEGE STUDENT WHO LOVES BBC SHERLOCK AND WOULD ADORE TRYING SUCH A FUN SOUNDING TEA. I know, I’m cheating, putting this as a tasting note…but I REALLY want to try it!!
In other news, WHO HAS FINISHED SERIES 3 OF SHERLOCK? I want to talk to people about it!
Sometimes, I worry that I’ll be unduly influenced by character blends and think the tea is tastier because I like the character. Though I’m a huge Moriarty fan, that is not a factor in this tea. It is explosive and awesome, by ANY name.
I should note that I regularly drink 100% ginger root infusions, so I have no problems with a huge wallop of spicy ginger. Moriarty WILL burn the heart out of you if you’re not so inclined.
This is one of my absolute favorite breakfast teas. Tasty, with a nice caffeine pop, and just the kind of warming, stimulating experience from start to finish that helps get me going for the day.
1 Tb tea to 12 oz water, plus a Stevia sweetener equal to 2 tsp sugar.
For a tea so evil, it tastes so good.
It smells really great in the bag. Once you take a sip the ginger practically explodes on your tongue. Further drinking lessens the ginger and you start to taste some of the other spices in the Masala Chai. Cinnamon is one of them, and cloves too. The cloves and the ginger work to leave a pleasantly herby and tingly aftertaste at the end of each sip.
I can imagine this tastes great with honey, sugar, milk, or even a dash of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Like Mycroft, I can imagine that this would make a great desert tea, but in a different way. If Mycroft is a chocolate cake, Moriarty is a gingersnap. If you wanted to enhance the effect, I’d even go so far as to say add a bit of fresh ginger to your desert tea mix and you’ve got yourself one spicy cookie in a cup.
Despite how much I love ginger and gingersnaps, however, of the Sherlock teas I’ve tried so far this isn’t a top pick. I think because I’ve had teas that have done the same ginger theme but better. I feel like this blend could be stronger, with more snap, but doesn’t quite get there. I’m not disappointed, though, merely wishing it had more of that Moriarty burn to it.