928 Tasting Notes
Hmmmm, interesting. I’m getting more floral notes on the sip and a slight tongue tingling part way through that I’m attributing to the chipotle, but it isn’t the normal sensation I get from heat. I can smell the cherries and taste some raspberry. I usually really like spicy teas, but this one confuses me a little. Most of the other chili teas I have had have been on a green base, but this one is black. Maybe that is what is throwing me off? Either way, it is still a fun and interesting tea to try!
Happy sipdown turned sad sipdown when I went to see about getting a different flavor of this chocolate tea and discovered that the company appears to no longer be in existence. I bought this tin several years ago on a whim and have reached for it many nights since. With a little creamer this has been a fantastic rich evening drink. The coconut added to the creaminess and the cinnamon added warmth without standing out on it’s own or overpowering the chocolate which takes center stage. It has been such a comforting tea and I’m really sad that I won’t be able to get any more.
I’m not super into floral teas, so when I got this sample with my order I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. A few sips in and I’m pleasantly surprised! It has a bit of the floral rose notes, but has a sweet earthiness behind it. The finish is long and goes from a puerh like hint and then transitions into rose which lingers a while and has a slight fresh rose petal quality to it. Adding cream brings out a malty flavor with cocoa and the rose takes a back seat. This is a really interesting tea that I wouldn’t mind having a cup of every so often!
This is a tea that has been in my cupboard for YEARS! My husband bought this tin and I’m pretty sure that was prior to us meeting, so I’d give it at least 11 years. No telling how long he had it before. With the massive amount of tea that I own I think he forgot that he bought it and I often overlook it because it’s not a tea I picked out.
I added a little creamer to my cup and I’m getting some really nice smooth flavor. It’s a little earthy in the finish, like puerh, but has a sweetness on the sip. It’s almost like puerh lite. It’s a little nutty and I think I get some of the cocoa hints that others have mentioned. It’s a solid tea that I’ll have to pay more attention to!
I love this tea! I ordered some earlier in the year, but felt like the flavors needed some time to age and settle. Well that has happened and I’m gleefully sipping on a delicious cup with some soy creamer! I love the rich smokey banana flavors so much. Such a good blend.
God, I’m loving on this tea! I got my AQ2T order in a few days ago and have had multiple cups of this each day. I can’t stay away, it’s perfect. Great depth to the taste, a bit of smoke and a little hint of fruit. I ordered a bunch, but with the way I’m attacking it, it might not last long!
I recall liking this more in the past. Right now I’m feeling okay about it, but it doesn’t currently seem worth the hefty price. Not sure if it is that my tastes have changed or the tea has changed. The first steep is a nice mellow breakfast tea, slightly heart and good with cream. The second steep is a bit lacking. I feel like too much of the flavors have faded. Bummer when you recall a tea being better than what you are experiencing. Oh well!
SO good! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Zhi does the best chais! On a recent trek to Austin I picked up 8oz of this chai. It is so well rounded with base mid and high flavors. The sip is a little spicier and the finish reveals a bit more base with cacao. It’s such a delightful chai and is very forgiving. I have yet to get a back or sub par cup out of it. I keep trying to pick a favorite between the Masala, Cacao and Coconut chai and it’s hard to pick a clear winner. I’ll have to keep steeping!