2 Tasting Notes
Back in the dark ages when I drank bagged tea, Chai used to be one of my favourites. While I have since seen the light and “graduated” to the world of loose leaf, I still haven’t been able to find a Chai that I like. Other blends I have tried have either had too much bold, hot spices for my taste (e.g. pepper), or have been so bland that I couldn’t even really make out any of the spices in the tea. I was hopeful when I went to my local DAVIDsTEA and asked if they had a Chai that wasn’t too bold, but still had some flavour. They recommended this Chai & Mighty to me, at the time a new addition to their lineup. The tea smelt good, like I thought Chai should smell, and I love vanilla, so its inclusion made me optimistic. Unfortunately, this turned out to be my least favourite Chai, and perhaps even tea, I’ve ever tasted. This tea gave me what I can only describe as an overwhelming soapy taste, which was so dominant that I couldn’t taste anything else. In addition, I experienced a burning sensation on my tongue and throat as I was drinking it, making it somewhat unpleasant. I suspect that maybe I’m “sensitive” to ginger and that this blend has more than usual, but I’m not certain. If ginger doesn’t bother you in the same way (or whatever it was that my tastebuds didn’t like), you’ll quite likely enjoy this tea more than I did. If, however, you like less ginger in your Chai, I would advise looking elsewhere.
I wasn’t sure how much like hot chocolate this tea would taste, but I was curious and had to pick some up. While it doesn’t taste exactly like hot chocolate, the chocolate taste is definitely there – perhaps like a watered down hot chocolate, but not in a bad way (if that makes any sense!). It has a sweetness, but at the same time is not too sweet. If you are looking for something that has a full-body, super strong chocolatey taste this may not be what you’re looking for (though adding milk, which I didn’t include, may further enhance the flavour). But all in all I really enjoyed this tea, and I’d definitely recommend giving it a try!