902 Tasting Notes
The bright pink of this packaging called to me to find out what it was…chai tea!! Then I looked at the name…Flamingo?! They also had Orca Spice and the Tiger Spice chais, and for a moment I had a very hard time deciding…until I read that this one is decaf. Decaf!!! I had to get it.
It is an instant chai powder. I mixed according to package directions, 2 TBSP to 6 oz hot water.
I could get down on this stuff. It’s rich and creamy, strongly vanilla, but I can still taste the tea along with the spices. If you like really spicy chais, I’d say this one isn’t for you. The spices are definitely there, and well-balanced, but not strong/spicy enough for a true chai afficianado. As for me, I’m going to definitely be checking into the other flavors (there’s a Toucan one with mango on the website)!!
Yes, I drove an hour (both ways) yesterday to pick up this tea and the other Republic of Tea seasonal exclusives at World Market. I’ve been craving this and the other 2 since I heard about their existence (thanks, Meghann). I lucked out, because this was the last tin of this one that the store had.
The dominant taste is ginger, followed by a rich, baked-pumpkin taste. I can also taste the black tea, and a hint of the cinnamon. It definitely screams “fall” and nearly begs you to sip some in front of a fire on a gloomy day. I see myself going through this tin fairly quickly; I’ll probably be picking up another tin before this season is over. I brewed this cup at 3 minutes (my new standard for brewing new black teas), but will try at 5 minutes and see what happens.