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For a cheap, bagged Earl Grey, this one is in the “not bad at all” range. The bergamot is there, but it’s not too cloying or perfumey. I’d say it’s just right. The tea itself isn’t as strong as I prefer, considering I steeped it for five minutes, but neither is it terribly bitter. I like this brand better than others I have tried and for readily available teas that are probably in your friends’ pantries, this is one I don’t mind drinking. I drank my last cup with a splash of skim milk and no sugar. I usually drink it plain. Hot.
Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Orange
Just picked this up at the store today. Delicious! The aroma hooked me instantly, in spite of the fact that I am battling a bad sinus infection and nothing really smells good at present! Illness aside, I really savored the taste. The spices were well-balanced. Definitely recommended.
Flavors: Anise, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove
So for this tasting note I am doing a 1 to 5 scale. 1 being horrible and 5 being amazing! I will analyze before and after cupping.
Appearance: Freshly grounded. Clearly brilliant colors no off colors expected. – 5
Aroma: Ginger, Black Teas, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves – 5
Body: No comment – NA
Taste: No comment – NA
Finish: No comment – NA
Overall, before cupping, the tea smells amazing and makes my mouth water. Wonderful aroma of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and chai tea.
Overall Score BEFORE CUPPING: 10/10 100% A
Appearance: No defined line, mixing or blending properly with Belgian Rock Sugar, not cloudy, wonderful matly colored tone, caramel brown in color (expected for chai tea) – 5
Aroma: PERFECT! Smells just like before cupping! Yummy! Smells are more defined – 5
Body: Smooth, silky, spicy, wonderful balance! Activated my sweet taste buds as well as my spicy buds. Really spicy and smokey, like many chi teas are, which I love! Can really taste the cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. – 5
Taste: It’s wonderful. Chai is NOT over powered by the spices. Sweet and spicy. Yummy hint of spices in the after taste. I can definitely taste the cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. Not so much the pepper though! – 5
Finish: TASTE LINGERS! THANK YOU JESUS! Nice and smooth and leaves me wanting to drink more! Love how I can taste the spices in the after taste that lingers! – 5
Overall after cupping this tea is inviting, malty, smokey, spicy, and warming. It reminds me of Christmas time a lot. Wonderful tea to drink when it’s cold out! Love this tea and highly recommend it! WONDERFUL!
Overall score: 25/25 100% A
Combined score before and after cupping: 35/35 100% A
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Marshmallow, Tea
Huh, not bad for coming out of a box! I mixed it with some vanilla soy milk which may have been a mistake because it is a bit on the sweet side. I think it would have done better without the added sweetness of the soy. There is a slight soapiness to it, but only if I’m really thinking about it (which is a problem I have run into with other pumpkin spice chai). The spices seem to be mixed well with clove slightly dominating. There is something leaving a nice little burn in my throat after each sip and I can’t tell if it is pepper or ginger. I’m on the verge of getting a cold, so the extra heat feels good and my whole body warmed up a bit after several sips. I put a little of the concentrated tea in the pot of oatmeal that I was making and it made it smell really good, but it’s hard to tell if the taste came through especially when I’m sipping on a mug of it. I’ll have to experiment more in the future with oatmeal chai.