Super delicious as all Zhena’s red chais are to me, but it tasted so similar to the Caramel chai! I actually went back to my cupboard to make sure I didn’t open a new tin of caramel by accident, instead of the new tin of hazelnut. When I searched and searched my taste buds, I came up with a slightly less sweet – I wouldn’t call it nutty, but… less sweet than a caramel type flavor. That’s the best I can do. :)

In any event, it’s super yummy (just not super hazelnut-y) to me. Maybe I was having an off night and the next pot will taste different. I got the 3 pack from Amazon so I have plenty of opportunity to find out!

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes


Collingswood, NJ



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