433 Tasting Notes
I brought some of this to work today since it needs to be used up within 3 weeks of opening the concentrate… it’s definitely not as good microwaved as it is when it’s heated slowly on the stovetop. It was a bit heavy for me first thing in the morning (the chocolate did it in as far as that goes). That’s why I usually don’t buy concentrates—I can’t use them up in time and they don’t taste as good when hastily made in the work microwave! I would love it if this came in a smaller container or if I could split it with someone! Still, it was a nice treat for a Thursday.
Getting down to the last handful of bags of this blend, and it’s making me sad! I have to be in the right mood for it, but when I am it really hits the spot. Maybe I’ll write a letter to the people at Celestial Seasonings and ask if there’s a chance in hell they’ll ever bring it back… it’s really the only tea of theirs I’ve ever liked enough to repurchase (okay, besides Tension Tamer, but I don’t drink that for the taste!). This morning’s cup was lovely!
I have had this a couple of times and I prefer it over the Black Thai tea latte. I’m not huge on syrups in my tea, so generally when I get a latte I just get the skim or soy milk and skip the sugary syrup. I’ll have to try this blend with just milk added next time. The oolong isn’t very strong so maybe I’ll be able to taste it more without syrup.
Tried this powdered mix for the first time today. It got my expectations up a bit since it was called “spiced” chai, but there were really no spices to speak of. Just a pretty standard overly-sweet, slightly creamy powdered chai. Not bad for a “just add water” mix, but I have definitely had better. The Big Train site says this chai is award-winning, but honestly the Trader Joe’s mix (the old formula that they don’t make any more) is way better. Still, I was impressed by the nutritional info… most mixes are higher-calorie or higher in sugar.
FRIDAY CHAI. My favourite time of the week! This one tasted particularly good… the Starbucks I got it at is pretty insane, customer volume-wise, so I usually avoid going there, but considering that the last three I got there all tasted pretty amazing (and were piping hot), I might have to make that my regular location for chai!
I have this in the bagged version (not sure I said that in my last review), and as I’ve stated before it’s normally not my favourite blend. For some reason today, it tastes more smooth than usual. I did steep it for a fairly short time so maybe that helps take it down a notch. It’s actually pretty pleasant for my very chilly am first cup of the day. I think it’s the smoky clove note that usually stands out much more, but it’s not too bad today with the shorter brew time.