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Another very generous sample from Azzrian. Thank you!

In a past log, I gave MarketSpice’s Seattle Spicy Chai a fairly favorable rating. It was really an eye-opening experience for me. One, simply due to the level of spicyness in that tea. Two, it was the first really spicy tea I had ever tried. I had a few masala chais before that had ginger and peppercorn in them, but never anything that really made me say WOW, SPICY! So it was very eye opening. It was almost like a punch in the face ;)

So I gave it a very high rating. Maybe it was naive, but it felt right at the time.

This blows it out of the water. Like fishing-with-dynamite kind of out of the water. The flavor on this tea is astounding. The cayenne pepper really takes a front seat in the class, puts its hand up and just starts BEGGING to be called on. Its fantastic. The chocolate notes follow shortly after, and are very malty and smooth, especially compared to other teas I’ve had with chocolate in them. The ginger and cardamom peek in just after that, and its all finished off by a soft spoken almond/cherry affair.

On a somewhat interesting personal note, my taste buds have always had issues with almond/cherry flavoring, they’re basically indistinguishable to me for some reason. This makes most things that are supposed to taste like almonds taste TERRIBLE, and most things that are supposed to taste like cherry be, well, fairly tame rather than overly fruity. This blend plays a similar trick, but the cherry-ness that I pick up (both scent and taste) work well with the other flavors, mainly the chocolate. Rounds out the whole experience quite well.

Another interesting trick… with the Seattle Spicy Chai… the peppercorn flavor really… you really get used to it fairly quick, and the spicy isn’t as spicy once you get a few sips into the cup. The cayenne, while maybe not as big of a shock to begin with, doesn’t lose any of it’s potency. It stays just as powerful all the way through (or at least through the eight or so ounces I’ve drank so far). Plus, because it’s more long-lasting than upfront, Missy enjoys it more. Bonus!

This is totally going to replace Seattle Spicy Chai as the spicy tea I keep in my cupboard. Thanks again for this sample Azz, it really is wonderful!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Missy

I have to second the thanks Azz. This is a wonderful tea. Now I can share the spicey tea with him. Yay!

TeaBrat

sounds yummy!

Azzrian

YAY! Its awesome when you find a tea BOTH of you really really like!! :) so happy !! :)

Scott B

Sounds very good. I have been looking for a good chili chocolate tea ever since TG inexplicably discontinued theirs.

I also tend to think almond extract smells (and to a lesser extent, tastes) like cherry. For me, this works out because I love it. And cherry chocolate chili is a great flavor combination-I’ve had just such a candy bar.

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, I definitely want to order some, so I hope he keeps it around. I think it will probably be awhile though… not sure how much I’m going to enjoy a tea like this during the summer!

SuperHrefna

I just ordered my second pouch of this, and I got he 4oz size this time! It really is a fantastic tea, just spot on.

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Missy

I have to second the thanks Azz. This is a wonderful tea. Now I can share the spicey tea with him. Yay!

TeaBrat

sounds yummy!

Azzrian

YAY! Its awesome when you find a tea BOTH of you really really like!! :) so happy !! :)

Scott B

Sounds very good. I have been looking for a good chili chocolate tea ever since TG inexplicably discontinued theirs.

I also tend to think almond extract smells (and to a lesser extent, tastes) like cherry. For me, this works out because I love it. And cherry chocolate chili is a great flavor combination-I’ve had just such a candy bar.

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, I definitely want to order some, so I hope he keeps it around. I think it will probably be awhile though… not sure how much I’m going to enjoy a tea like this during the summer!

SuperHrefna

I just ordered my second pouch of this, and I got he 4oz size this time! It really is a fantastic tea, just spot on.

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My fiancé and I are beginning to enjoy tea infusion, and it’s slowly becoming an interesting hobby that the two of us can share. Maybe not slowly… it’s somewhat amazing how much tea you can buy when everything looks shiny and new.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

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