1474 Tasting Notes
Lots of caveats with this one – it needs sweetener, it’s much better when cooled, there’s zero ginger that I can taste (and I LOVE ginger), the peachy-ness is the best of the teas I’ve tried so far.
Love the tea leaves in this one, love how it’s packed, love the company that provided this to me (via Instagram, in exchange for an honest review, see http://instagram.com/teatravelninja/).
As the other tea in this collection that I’ve tried so far, it smells divine. This one though, I didn’t sit with and smell too much before brewing – I didn’t want to be disappointed.
Hot, I didn’t like it too much, it tasted odd and artificial. Cooled and sweetened, it’s a cup of peachy goodness, and quite lovely.
Steeped DAVIDs Perfect Teaspoon (2.5 tsp) of tea in 8 oz of water for 3 minutes in boiling water, and then let it cool 15 minutes at room temperature.
Flavors: Artificial, Cotton Candy, Frosting, Peach, Sweet
Holy nostrils Batman, this tea smells even better than expected. Peachy cream popsicle. I wish I had smell-o-vision at the moment so you could all enjoy this.
Long, leafy, unbroken tea leaves with lots of cornflowers and safflowers in the mix (I LOVE teas that incorporate these two). The smell though, gosh, that smell. I want to bathe in it and then wear it as perfume.
The flavor is robust, although not very peachy without some form of sweetener. I wish it tasted as good as it smelled – alas, I think that’s impossible.
Still, it’s got a good cream element to it (almost ice cream -like). The peach doesn’t come through as much as I’d like, but I’ve found it really tricky in tea to match peach well.
Must try iced, I have a feeling it’ll be stellar and the peach will shine then.
Was sent this tea for free through my Instagram account (http://instagram.com/teatravelninja/) in exchange for an honest review.
I should note as well that the customer service with this company was impeccable. They reached out, followed up, made sure there weren’t any shipping or duty issues, and were available pretty much 24/7 to answer any questions that I had.
The duty bit was particularly impressive; while they offer free shipping within the US, I was in Canada at the time of this tea testing. They shipped it and ensured there were no duty or taxes owing. Considering another company sent their package COD (and received on the same day, with no warning it was COD), I’d say this was a win all around.
Used DAVID Tea’s “perfect teaspoon” (2.5 tsp) in 12 oz of water, heated to 200F and steeped four minutes.
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Peach, Sweet
I must figure out how to get this tea to the rest of Canada. No, the rest of the world.
I would drink it every day, several times a day, if I could. It’s that amazingly good. Yes, it needs some form of sweetener to bring out the ooey gooeyness, but otherwise, it’s perfect.
Enough gushing, I’m off to figure out how to spread its deliciousness.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Mushrooms
Day Two of testing teas from Love Chai, and I decided to make another cuppa this. Today, I’m enjoying it more, but it’s still not my favorite chai.
Some things I noticed today that I completely missed yesterday:
- it’s made with the Queen of Assam tea from Love Chai, which I LOVE (just tried that on its own);
- the cinnamon is so present because there are huge chunks of cinnamon bark in it (straight cinnamon bark, too, which was odd yet lovely)
- everything in this tea is BIG. Meaning, no small, dry, brittle pieces of anything. It all seemed luscious, fresh, high-quality.
- It smells amazing as it steeps, and it’s really pretty to watch as the huge tea leaves unfurl.
Still, having said all that, it’s not my favorite. I’m not sure if it’s the big spice pieces. I find I enjoy the flavor of a chai more when the spices get muddled somehow, ie the oils of the spices get into the tea leaves prior to steeping.
Again, might just be a personal preference for flavor, although I did really like the big chunks of everything.
I wanted to love this – and I do LOVE LOVE LOVE the base tea – but it’s just not signing for me.
Package suggested 3g of tea per 200mL of water, no temperature suggestion other than “hot water”, andsteep for 3-5 minutes. I used a DAVIDs Tea “perfect teaspoon” (2.5 tsp at the time I bought it) in 16 oz of water, heated to 200F, steeped for 4 minutes.
[Note: I was gifted this tea in exchange for an honest review].
Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Fennel, Sweet, Thick
This is freakishly yummy.
First, opening the bag delighted me – huge, long, unbroken tea leaves. Yay! My favorite. I don’t know why, other than maybe it’s fun to watch (and I find, delicious to drink).
Then, I had a sip. And another. And another…. you get the point. I gobbled this up like salted chocolate. (Put that in front of me and I inhale it).
Less malty than the Premium Assam Love Chai sent me, more chocolaty and rich, a touch thicker, sweet on its own but better with a touch of sweetener.
I could easily carry this around with me all over the world, it’s that good.
Bag suggested 3g of tea in 200mL, no temperature suggestion, for 3-5 minutes. I used a “perfect teaspoon” from DAVIDs Tea in 16oz of water, 200F, for 4 minutes.
Price: 3.99 pounds for 40g (approx $5 USD at the time of this review). Worth EVERY penny – I’ve paid way more for far less.
[Note: I was gifted this tea in exchange for an honest review].
Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Tannin, Thick
I understand why it’s called Sweet Chai – the fennel – but I’d say this is more cinnamon than anything else. I do get the smoothness from the cardamom (which I love), and the tea is strong and malty. Still, there’s something about the fennel… I want it less present, more in the background. Even with the strong cinnamon at the forefront of my sip.
I’ll steep this again tomorrow to give it another go, I feel like I didn’t do it justice.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Fennel, Smooth, Sweet
Malty, full-bodied, quite chocolaty with some added sweetener (I use stevia), smells divine – like a rich, warm leathery study complete with freshly baked cookies and a thick beer.
Which, I guess, is what many good Assams smell like, thus the draw.
I’ll admit I’ve drank a lot of Yunnan of late, so I was a bit surprised at how small the tea was. Again though, nothing out of the ordinary… just my foo-foo tea drinking habits.
I was given this tea in exchange for reviewing it, and I have to admit I’ll happily drink it all. There’s nothing that wowed me, but it’s also a really solid brew.
I normally steep all my blacks at 200F / just under boiling, and I find this really brought out the flavors in this (and the other teas I tested today).
The price is what stunned me – it’s inexpensive yet doesn’t taste like it. 3.99 pounds for 90g, or (about) $5 USD plus shipping.
Flavors: Chocolate, Leather, Malt