I think I have found that magic blend. Teavana is always promoting blending teas, because supposedly some teas were “meant to go together”… whatever. I just like that I can tailor the taste of my tea to my moods, and sometimes I’m in the mood for something familiar, yet new. Anyway, I’ve been trying several blends (mostly just with Teavana teas, as the others that I possess are generally too precious to risk blending, because I have to wait until the next blue moon, when I generally order more tea, to get more), and I think that I’ve found the perfect blend. I’m almost always in the mood for this one.
The two teas in this blend are French Spice Quartet and Cha Yen Thai, both from Teavana. Both are spicy-sweet teas, but one is a rooibos/black mix and the other is an oolong, which works to my advantage. I like that there isn’t too much rooibos, because it can kinda take over the flavor, and I like that there’s some oolong in there, because, well, oolong is fantastic. The coconut flavor of the Cha Yen Thai smooths over the jagged edges of all those spices—peppercorns, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and a few others—creating a refreshing palate that isn’t quite as heavy as chai. Basically, if you’re like me and you LOVE LOVE LOVE chai, but sometimes you’re just not in the mood for something that rich, then this is a good happy alternative. :)