It’s an okay chai I suppose… I don’t taste any cinnamon though and that my favourite part. I can taste ginger and maybe the red pepper. I’m not getting any vanilla… I prefer the Twinings of London Chai to this.
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Epi Tea’s Serene Chai is a rich black tea blend with gentle chai undertones and soft finish.
Ingredients: Organic Black Tea, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Ginger, Organic Cardamon, Organic Red Pepper & Natural Vanilla, Cinnamon & Ginger Flavorings
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A chai that doesn’t make me cough when I drink it, yay! I’m a bit sensitive to some of the more spicy teas that have a whole lot of ginger in them. I love the cinnamon in this (I put cinnamon on everything), and it’s nice a soft with just a hint of that chai bite. Yum!
I’m finding a lot of Epi Tea’s offerings don’t blow me out the water, but they’re really great for everyday teas. Definitely a good option for wanting loose tea quality conveniently, like at work or when I travel. I’ve only got 2 left to try!
Edit: Upped the rating, as I drink more I like it even more!
Thanks very much to Epi Tea for the pre-release sample of this.
I will start off by saying that I am a chai lover, and I have had many. Traditional and non-tradional ones. I knew looking at the ingredients that this was going to be a non-tradional one since it has vanilla flavoring in it. Which I love, because I like to see what kind of twist they put on it.
When I opened the bag that was the first thing I smelled. Well that and the cardamon. I brewed it according to what was suggested which was 4 minutes. I could smell the vanilla again before anything which did not put me off. Instead It made me think it would a great with a touch of cream. But I wanted to try it straight first.
It has a nice balance of flavors. Although I could make out the vanilla right away I could still make out the other spices. The after taste of it has a slight flatness to it. Not as full-bodied that I would hope for. After drinking it straight had way I decided to add some milk and sugar to it. It really did not need the sugar, but I wanted to drink it as a traditional chai. The cream helped the body, but there was still something lacking that I can not put my finger on.
Either way I am happy that I got to try this before it came out. It is a nice chai, just not not my favorite.
This sample was generously provide to me by Epi Tea. Thank you Kyle and the whole Epi Tea Team.
Dry Leaf: Had some kind of a musty type of aroma with a spicy aroma maybe cardamom.
Wet Leaf: Had a nice spicy cardamom aroma as expected from the dry leaf.
Liquor: Is dark in color.
Taste: Has a smooth and mild taste of cinnamon and cardamom flavor.I was also able to detect a very faint peppery flavor in the after taste.
Overall Opinion: I give this tea a 87 on my ratings. My personal opinion of this tea is one of the better offering from this company. My advise to the company add more assam black tea which I assume they are using to make the base stronger and amp up the spice a notch and lets not forget the beautiful clove that is such a nice spice in chai teas.
Vessel: SAMA DOYO Gongfu/ Kungfu teapot. 1 sachet in 220ml or 7oz. of water in the inner cup.
I am so the wrong person to review chai. In my mind, it always falls into one of two categories: too spicy to drink, or not too spicy to drink without ample amounts of sugar and milk. If you are as chai-sensitive as I am, this will most likely fall into the latter category for you. And if you’re sitting here going “what is wrong with her, there’s no such thing as too spicy” then you’ll probably be into this, since it’s rather strong for such a small quantity of bagged (sort of) tea.
I completely forgot I had this until I opened up one of my sample tins! Well now you all know what I had for breakfast :] Some delicious chai. This tea to me is a classic chai. But it’s a bit lighter with more of a black tea tone to it(which I love). I’m not one for a strong chai unless it’s snowing and I’m cursing the weather. It’s the perfect strength in spice without being TOO strong. Probably my new favorite chai :]
ALSO: Thank you Epi Tea for this wonderful sample :D
The last of the Tea samples. I can’t wait till they open so I can buy some!
This made a nice brownish liquor and it smelled like a good chai tea. The bag has a lot of spices and ginger bits mixed in……YAY! The taste is a really smooth, and not overpowering spicy flavors. The ginger was the most pronounced in my opinion; coarse I did steep for a long period. I like the ginger taste though, it tasted kinda like spicy ginger hard candy.
I think out of all the samples, this one and the lavender Earl Grey are my favorites. I diffidently will buy some when they come out.
Overall I would recommend this tea to someone who likes lighter chais or Ginger Chais.
P.S. I mixed this with the Irish breakfast and got another decent steeping out of it.
Loooooove the smell coming off of this! It reminds me of cider or some childhood memory from winter. This is for sure one going on my list of winter teas As the second sample I’m trying from Epi Tea – I have to say this is my favorite so far. I don’t add milk/sugar to my tea and the flavor isn’t too intense.