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…yeah, I actually liked this bagged tea. As in I really liked this bagged tea. I have an excuse-this is an herbal blend with green rooibos- a leaf that is very small and honestly belongs in a filtered bag so it does not slip through the frickin’ holes when you brew it.
I’ve had to cut back on the caffeine to wake up at 5 in the morning, and this has served as a good winter and desert tea that is not bad on its own, but good with a little honey. The lemon is sweet, and it does have a buttery bready body with a very nice touch of ginger and vanilla. Thankfully, the anise is something that blends into the bread flavor so I do not taste it as much. I’m sorry if I pointed out the anise or the ginger for those of you who hate those spices. It has also been an easy convert to guests. I actually want to get more of this, so it will be my BWB tea for the season or longer.
Nobody beat me to this one? News of Butterscotch Blondie came to me word of mouth from a buddy who isn’t a tea lover, but knows I am. Since dessert-y teas are a Tazo novelty, I snagged a box while the snagging was good at a Walmart Neighborhood Market (grocery only version of a Walmart—considerably better product selection.)
And dessert-y it is. The butterscotch cookie flavor is spot on; there’s a little licorice for sweetness, but the other flavors tone down its cloying personality. First steep needed no help whatsoever…made even tastier by 20 unbespoke Christmas Eve minutes in the glider with some sunshine on the back of my neck. After the past several days, a little peace on earth was heavenly.
Did a second round with the same today; it was plausible with a little milk and honey.
Hope your day was merry and bright.
Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for this blessing.
I love you.
I like to drink this tea hot with milk (or almond milk).
So really good for your body, mind and soul.
This tea makes me feel warm (the cinnamon), happy (the many spices), and energized because of the black tea (caffeine). In short, this tea is one of my favorites to keep in the house. Have a blessed rest of the day in God! Amen, and may He continue to bless you with many more teas of His favorites! :)
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Tea
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.