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drank Pirate Chai by ThinkGeek
185 tasting notes

A pirate, a zombie, and a starship captain walk into a bar…

I ordered this tea set off of ThinkGeek.com for two reasons: First off the tins looked awesome. Second, we haven’t actually put in an order with Adagio yet, and this seemed like a good way to get to sample some of their teas. Maybe they wouldn’t have been the first teas we tried, but still. It’s a two-birds-with-one-stone kind of deal.

Let me say one thing, to any other potential geeks out there that must order these for the awesome tins… these tins are tiny. I mean small. They say they are an ounce each. This is possibly true, but man it doesn’t look like it. They’re about 1.5″ × 1.5″ × 2.5″. To put it a different way, you can almost hide two behind a credit card. They’re cute, but the size really makes them of limited use if you brew tea in any sort of significant quantity. Missy and I brew tea in a 40 oz pitcher, so one of these almost makes three pots. Besides, where can you buy tea an ounce at a time (and would it be worth it)?

And so far, the tea is good!

As a basic chai, this is a fairly strong contender. The clove and the cinnamon really balance out quite well, with neither taking too dominant of a role over the other (which I personally consider to be a feat!). Beyond that, the lightly malty flavor of the tea itself shines through, smoothed out with just a hint of cardamom peeking out at the end. I get a little bit of a spicy aftertaste, just barely barely ginger.

While I really do think the balance between the clove and cinnamon is perfectly done in this blend, the cardamom and ginger really feel under-utilized. It is possible that I’m asking too much here. If those aren’t your favorite flavors, this could be a perfect chai. But for me, I want something just a little bit more fitting for a permanent selection.

So, not quite my cup of tea. But it could be your cup of tea! Definitely my tin of tea though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

I’m sorry what was the punch line? :P

Dylan Oxford

I’m open to suggestions ;)

Azzrian

I don’t think it is appropriate in this venue

Dinosara

Actually I find myself buying an ounce of tea at a time lately. Some stores do offer it. Really, no more than 2oz. It is only me drinking it, so I don’t go through it as fast, and I already have so much tea that in theory I will go through it faster and it will stay fresher. Every time I have to buy 4oz of tea I’m like “I’ll never get through all of this!”

ashmanra

My daughter bought these for me for Christmas because we are huge nerds, but I haven’t tried this one yet! I shall have to remedy that. Do you want to try some Pepper Mango Green tea that my daughter bought in Ireland? Someone mentioned that it might be right up your alley.

Missy

That sounds excellent. Thank you for the offer. Please look at my cupboard and let me know if you should like any thing in return.

Azzrian

Ashmanra if you have enough I would love to give this a try! But ONLY if you have enough!

ashmanra

I will be happy to send some to both! Just pm your addresses, Missy (or Dylan) and Azzrian!

Dylan Oxford

Thank you very much for the offer :). I think Missy is sending you the information (or already has!)

Azzrian

Thank you ashmanra will do :)

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Azzrian

I’m sorry what was the punch line? :P

Dylan Oxford

I’m open to suggestions ;)

Azzrian

I don’t think it is appropriate in this venue

Dinosara

Actually I find myself buying an ounce of tea at a time lately. Some stores do offer it. Really, no more than 2oz. It is only me drinking it, so I don’t go through it as fast, and I already have so much tea that in theory I will go through it faster and it will stay fresher. Every time I have to buy 4oz of tea I’m like “I’ll never get through all of this!”

ashmanra

My daughter bought these for me for Christmas because we are huge nerds, but I haven’t tried this one yet! I shall have to remedy that. Do you want to try some Pepper Mango Green tea that my daughter bought in Ireland? Someone mentioned that it might be right up your alley.

Missy

That sounds excellent. Thank you for the offer. Please look at my cupboard and let me know if you should like any thing in return.

Azzrian

Ashmanra if you have enough I would love to give this a try! But ONLY if you have enough!

ashmanra

I will be happy to send some to both! Just pm your addresses, Missy (or Dylan) and Azzrian!

Dylan Oxford

Thank you very much for the offer :). I think Missy is sending you the information (or already has!)

Azzrian

Thank you ashmanra will do :)

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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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